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After School Program
Community Outreach
Adult Education: GED, ESL,

About Us

Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center,
founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1995 to provide an after school program for the children of neighborhood immigrants

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273 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Entrance: 249 Classon


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Welcome / Bienvenidos

Welcome to Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center's website. This website provides general information about the programs and services offered to children and adults.

Bienvenidos a la página web de "Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center". Nuestra página web contiene información general sobre programas y servicios ofrecidos por el centro a niños y adultos de la comunidad.

2014 GED/TASC Graduation Ceremony

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Congratulation to all for a job well done

From Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center


A Message From the Director

Dear Friends,
As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, we, at Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center, give thanks for the myriad blessings that came our way this year.  Most recently, we celebrated our GED students at a Graduation Ceremony in the Chapel and Auditorium of the Sisters of Mercy.  At the outset, the students appeared tentative and nervous as they donned their caps and gowns. As the event progressed, however, their faces radiated joy as friends, family and the greater Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center applauded them for their considerable achievements.   Many paid tribute to the patient encouragement and kindness of their instructor, Raul Andrade. 
Speaking with each of the graduates afterwards, some younger, some older, male and female, it became clear that the students and their families had sacrificed a great deal to pass the GED (now known as “TASC” – Test Asssessing Secondary Completion) and they were relishing the moment.  It was pleasing to hear that many see the passing of the GED as a first step to further educational activity.  Girlfriends, sisters and wives were very instrumental in pushing and cajoling their menfolk to take this bold step.  The men acknowledged this.  In other cases, loving husbands encouraged and took on additional household duties to enable their wives to attend class and to study.  They beamed as they spoke of their partners’ accomplishments. 
Yes, the word “empowerment”, a key aspect of our mission statement comes to mind.  The friends, family, Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center staff and volunteers, the board members and our benefactors all had a role in this significant achievement or to put it another way, the “whole village” contributed to the success of our students (see list and photos inside).  Similarly, when we see the happy faces of our children as they master a new skill while having fun after a long day at school, we thank God for our staff, volunteers and benefactors, for everyone who ensures we have the necessary resources for a meaningful and beneficial program for the children.
Thank you to all who support us. We have the pleasure of seeing the empowerment and joy on the faces of those we serve.  You make it possible.  THANK YOU.

A Blessed Thanksgiving to you all

Sister Breige Lavery, RSM
Executive Director

Read our Newsletter Winter 2014-2015


www.DBMCENTER.ORG - (718) 622-7448

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After School Program
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The benefits are well documented... Students who participate in after school programs show gains in school achievement, attendance, and graduation rates. Children benefit from positive relationships with adults.

GED en Español
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El programa de "Diploma de Equivalencia de High School" en Español (GED) ofrece las clases para adultos. El objetivo de las clases es preparar a los estudiantes para tomar el examen de GED en español

ESL clases de Ingles

Tener buenas habilidades de comunicación en inglés puede abrirle las puertas a una carrera mejor, permitirle viajar alrededor del mundo, ayudarle a conocer gente nueva y ensanchar sus horizontes.

Clases de computacion en español
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Aprenderá Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, como usar el Internet.

Community Resource Program
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We provide the following programs: Yoga, Golden Age Club, Crochet and many more community resource assistance guide you..

Programas Para la Comunidad
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Ofrecemos los siguientes programas para la comunidad: Clases de Yoga, Edad de Oro, Tejido entre otros programas de asistencia comunitario.