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Farragut Joins Food Access and Affordability Pilot


BCS’ Farragut Cornerstone program joins the Farragut Housing residents, Enterprise Community Partners, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Fund for Public Housing to introduce the innovative Food Access and Affordability Pilot! Our “Resident Designers” are leveraging technology to create collective purchasing options and online shopping and delivery. Should the pilot be successful, this could make groceries more affordable, available and convenient for the entire Farragut community. The first program of its kind, our culminating project will work to empower residents to develop new avenues to address food disparity in public housing communities.

Groundbreaking for 1921 Cortelyou


The groundbreaking for 1921 Cortelyou was a huge success! This project will house families, seniors, and young adult females transitioning out of homelessness. BCS and Turning Point will be on-site to provide career development and other support services to help the formerly homeless female residents get on track to their own autonomy.

The project is a partnership between the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) and The Baptist Church of the Redeemer. It will include of 76 units for families, seniors, and young adult females. The church has a long history in the Flatbush community and will be getting a new church facility as part of the development. The project is being financed by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the Bank of America Merill Lynch. The contractor for this project is Mega Contracting Group, LLC and the architect is Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects LLP.


Join BCS’ Community Initiatives this Holiday Season!


Holiday Gift Drives:
Join BCS in making this holiday season truly the happiest season of all for
all. Donate or volunteer at one our upcoming events happening during
the month of December.

Ways to bring Holiday cheer to BCS this year:

  • BCS Holiday Parties: Hosting a holiday party at one of our after-school
  • Host a Holiday Gift drive at your organization and/business and collect gifts
    for the youth at BCS.
  • Gift Wrapping Parties at BCS: Come help BCS wrap gifts for our clients
    during the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Drives/Dinners/Potlucks:
We need your help in making our annual Thanksgiving Feasts extra special!
Our Cornerstone community centers and after-school programs host
potlucks and community dinners for their members during the Thanksgiving
holidays. During this time, we call on community members to donate
resources such as imperishable goods, turkeys, or your time by helping to
serve and prepare food during the dinners. We also welcome partners who
would like to host Thanksgiving potlucks as well.

Beauty Basket Drive:
BCS hosts an annual beauty basket drive where we collect beauty and
wellness related toiletries and products to create festive gift baskets for the
women of the BCS Transitional Living Community (TLC) and Turning Point
Transitional Shelter. The gift baskets are gifted to the women around
Valentine’s Day to foster self-care and self-worth. TLC helps women with
mental illness or who have experienced trauma transition from
homelessness to permanent housing. Turning Point Transitional Shelter
offers housing and services for women 18 – 25 years of age.

For more information, please contact:

Asea Thompson
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at
AThompson@WeAreBCS.org or 718-310-5678.

Axis Capital Builds Greenhouse for Global Day of Giving


This week, employees from Axis Capital came out to Turning Point’s Henry Street Houses in Red Hook for their Global Day of Giving. We want to thank their dedicated team for their hard work helping build a brand new greenhouse from start to finish, and for funding the project.

ONE BK Unite 2018


ONE BK Unite 2018 was a great success! We are so proud of our BCS family, and grateful to our supporters for their passionate fundraising. Clients, staff, and supporters alike had such a wonderful time coming together for ONE Brooklyn Community. All of your hard work has helped us raise over $24,000 to support our programs. Your efforts enable BCS to continue to serve Brooklyn, and we can’t thank you enough! Check out photos from the event below!

Executive Director Janelle Farris Speaks on Better Business Bureau Panel


BCS’ Executive Director, Janelle Farris participated in the New York Better Business Bureau’s Charity Effectiveness Series panel, “Before, During, and After: Planning and Navigating Successful Executive Transitions.” The panel was moderated by Jennifer Jones Austin, Executive Director of The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. The panelists included: Miguel Bonilla, Senior Director of NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, Rehana Farrell, Executive Director of Youth Inc NYC, and Jim Matison, the former Executive Director of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. The panelists shared personal stories and wisdom garnered from their experiences, to provide the audience with insight to better enable succession planning for leadership transitions.

African Day Parade at Seth Low


Our Seth Low Cornerstone had an African day parade, and it was a joyous celebration for all. Our Cornerstone programs provide high-quality, year-round programming that engages the entire community, but with a real youth-led focus. Programming includes theme-based and project-based youth activities, community events and community building. Both the children and the community had a fun-filled day celebrating culture.

Community Habilitation’s Annual Bowling Tournament


BCS works to provide supportive spaces where persons with intellectual disabilities can achieve their full potential. This weekend, BCS programs for adults with intellectual disabilities competed in their annual bowling tournament at Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The winning team was the BCS Recreation Team, who remain undefeated after winning this year. Win or lose, everyone had a blast!

2018 Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest


The competing sculptors did not disappoint with their imaginative creations at this year’s Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest! Presented by BCS, in partnership with Astella Development Corp., and the Alliance for Coney Island, this year’s sponsors included Coney Island’s own Luna Park NYC. We thank the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for their support. Check out some of the amazing sculptures that were created by the winners! We were also mentioned in a Brooklyn Daily article about the contest, read it here.

Duffield Meets LIU Basketball’s Incoming Freshman Players


Duffield Children’s Center got a special treat! Our young ones were some of the first in the community to meet the incoming Freshman players for LIU Brooklyn’s Women’s Basketball Team! As always, thank you to LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball for spreading joy and playing with the Duffield kids.


East New York Street Clean Up


The teachers from Achievement First Endeavor Charter School did a street clean up in East New York. They helped beautify the streets near our East New York Clubhouse and Transitional Living Community sites. We are so grateful to them for helping us take care of Brooklyn. Want to make a difference in your community? Volunteer with us! Email us at volunteer@wearebcs.org, or come to one of our info sessions every 2nd Wednesday of the month!


LIU BK Women’s Basketball Team Returns to Duffield


The lovely ladies from LIU Brooklyn’s basketball team returned to Duffield Children’s Center! We are so appreciative of them taking the time out to brighten the days of our young ones. The kids are always smiling from ear to ear when these women are around to play with.


BCS Celebrates Disability Pride!


In partnership with our programs, BCS clients with disabilities are reaching new heights every day. We are proud that our programs are a welcoming space for our clients to harness their potential, as they discover their talents and passions.

On Sunday, our staff, volunteers and clients came out to the Disability Pride NYC Parade to celebrate our clients with disabilities! Our bright handmade signs, made with the help of AFROPUNK Army volunteers, definitely aligned with this year’s theme of Creativity. We are proud to celebrate the human spirit and stand for the equal rights of all people.

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