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After School ...


GED Students...


Mission Statement

"Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center offers programs that empower families in this urban community to overcome negative influences that impact their wellbeing and selfsufficiency. "

Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1995 to provide an after school program for the children of neighborhood immigrants, offers continually evolving programs to meet the needs of families in the Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant community. These programs address concerns that impact negatively on urban dwellers: violence, drugs, unemployment, discrimination, illiteracy, and lack of affordable housing.


We believe that:

  • Parents are a child's primary teachers.

  • Parents and teachers benefit from the caring support of an extended family, including role models and mentors with access to educational resources and social services.

  • Self-respect is crucial for one's social, spiritual and emotional development.

  • Communication skills increase self-esteem and independence.

  • Programs geared to serve immigrant families require continuous restructuring to meet changing needs and opportunities.

Board of Directors


  • Patrick Morgan

Vice Chairperson

  • Adina Johnson


  • Walter Kreitsch


  • Anne Kreitsch


  • James Bonamassa
  • Esther Berkowitz, Ph.D.
  • Joan Bisciello
  • Louis Comunelli, P.E.
  • Sister Camille D’Arienzo, RSM, Ph.D.
  • Dennis Gallagher
  • Stephen O'Keefe
  • Patricia Powers
  • Sr. Kathleen Quinn, RSM
  • Marianne Sheehan
  • Anne Tully
  • Martha Vallejo
  • Rev. Robert Vitaglione

Advisory Board

  • Charles Bennett
  • Jim Bisciello
  • Pauline Blake
  • Marilyn Cheeseboro

Meet the team...

Damian Gracia, MS

Program Director


Marcela Cuevas

Programs Coordinator

Marino Frias

After School Program Coordinator