Our History

In 2016, BCS celebrated 150 years of service and impact in Brooklyn. Since its establishment in 1866 in response to the plight of disabled Civil War veterans and homeless children, BCS has remained committed to our community and has been on the front line of every major crisis that Brooklyn has faced, from the influenza epidemic to the Great Depression to the September 11th tragedy to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. For 150 years, our purpose has been to serve our community.

Today, as we chart our course for the next decade and beyond, we’re resolved to build an even broader commitment to this cause and to continue to draw attention to the issues of poverty in Brooklyn. Our goal is to build partnerships with our neighbors to invest in strengthening the borough we all love. We will continue to develop solutions that empower at-risk children, youth, families, and adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities to overcome obstacles, as we strive toward greater opportunity throughout all of Brooklyn.

BCS Milestones





Learn about our first 100 years in this document.

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