BCS Client Stories featured in the New York Times
For more than 100 years, The New York Times has asked readers for contributions to its Neediest Cases Fund, to give direct assistance to troubled children, families and elders. Brooklyn Community Services is proud to be one of the eight agencies whose clients benefit from the Fund.
The 2016-17 campaign runs from Nov. 13 , 2016 through Feb. 3, 2017, during which time The Times publishes daily articles about the help given to people in need. BCS will be posting our featured clients’ stories here.
Learn more about the history of the Neediest Cases Fund.
Lavelle Lockett, 26, had been homeless when he was hospitalized at a psychiatric center. Two years later, he has an apartment and hopes to attend college. Lavelle is a member of BCS's East New York Clubhouse.
Gregory Manson, 43, knows the importance of having a roof over his head after bouncing around shelters and transitional living facilities in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. BCS has worked with Mr. Manson since 1999 to provide him with job coaching and preparation skills.
Shatiana Vanterpool (left, with her mother Shayntte Johnson) will continue with her therapy and says she is determined to find a job and live independently.
Shareen Williams has cared for her sister, Raheida Harry, who has a chromosomal disorder, for more than a decade, uprooting herself and putting her own needs second.
Joint pain and depression have kept Lila Laporte from her work as a home health aide. But as she longs to return to her calling, the Neediest Cases has given her a fresh start.
Robin Thompson still lives near the streets where her struggles began, but with help, she’s resisting old temptations and making up for lost time.
Maria Bruno, with her children Mya, Donnell and Eva, received therapy provided by the BCS East New York Family Center. The Center has helped the family cope and focus on their future after the loss of Bruno's mother.
Graduation once seemed like a distant prospect to Saquan Bright, but BCS's Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service. helped him return to school with renewed commitment.
Adalid DeJesus was trapped in the revolving door of drug rehabilitation, but one day, he said, he realized it was “time to grow up, time to live my life.”