Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center
"Offers programs that empower
families in this urban community"

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Mission Statement

"Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center provides programs that empower families in an urban community to achieve well-being and self-sufficiency"

The Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1995 to provide an after-school program for the children of neighborhood immigrants. We offer continually evolving programs that meet the needs of families in the Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant community. Our programs strive to address real life problems that face the working poor such as violence, drugs, unemployment, discrimination, illiteracy, and lack of affordable housing.

Programs & Services we offer

After-School Enrichment Program

We Provide a safe environment in a beautiful space where children can grow educationally, emotionally, and socially.

Community Outreach

Social Services, housing and immigration referrals, financial and immigration workshops, and parenting workshops.

GED / TASC and English as a second language

Adult education programs.

Computer Technology Program

Learn basic computer skills.

Wine and Cheese

Clases de GED

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Benefits of After-School Programs


  • Students who participate in our After-School programs show measurable gains in school achievement as well as attendance and graduation rates.
  • Children attending After-School programs benefit from positive relationships with adults.

Outreach programs


  • To help our community by recommending resources and programs that will allow them to progress in their lives.

Why you Need a High School diploma


  • Having a High School Equivalency Diploma is a necessity for those who whish to move forward in their current carrer path. Most if not all better paying jobs need a minimum of a High School Education to be considered for employment.

By The Numbers






84% of our funding goes
directly to our programs


Children participate in our
After-School Program/ Summer Camp

Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center


Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 2pm - 6pm
Sunday: Closed

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