Welcome to the Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center, a community center in the heart of the Fort Greene/ Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Our Mission Statement states that:
We offer programs that empower families in urban communities to over come the negative influences that impact their well being and self-sufficiency.
This is accomplished by providing a safe, educational and enriching After School Program for neighborhood children. Adult education programs provide English as a Second Language and Computer Skills classes. New immigrants are welcomed at our door where they can find assistance with their housing, immigration and family issues.
Our most recent initiatives attend to the social needs of seniors through membership in the 50+ Club while the Mercy Teen Club offers guidance, leadership training and a safe place to discuss the challenges facing youth who live in today’s urban communities.
The Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center, and non-profit agency, was established in 1995 and continues to assess and respond to the social and educational needs of this particular neighborhood.
We offer at no or very low cost:
· After-School Program: serving Kindergarten through the 5th Grade.
· Computers Literacy Program: computers have become a fundamental part of daily life, our programs are hands on and no prior experience is necessary.
· Social Services: family counseling, teen issues housing issues, parenting skills, lead poisoning
· Immigration Services: residency, working papers, citizenship, taxes
· English as a Second Language: morning and evening classes available
· GED Course, available in the evenings and Saturdays in Spanish
· The 50+ Club, a social and informative group for older people
· Junior Mercy Club for girls, teaches self-worth, self-esteem and Christian values.
If you are interested, call Marcela Villafana at the Center at: 718-622-7448 Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm