Brooklyn – This morning Councilman David Greenfield joined City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and Councilman Alan Maisel at a ribbon cutting with the leadership of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services to celebrate the organizations expansion into a new building. Ohel’s new facility was made possible thanks to a significant capital funding from the City Council in FY 15. Councilman Greenfield led the effort by allocating one million dollars in funding for this project and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito matched that grant with another one million dollars with the support of the New York City Council Jewish Caucus.
The new property, located at 1268 East 14th Street, will serve as the main campus for the well-respected non-profit and allow for expanded community services to families and residents across Brooklyn. Once the new building is renovated it will serve as a central location for all non-residential community programs including an outpatient mental health center, foster and preventive care, domestic violence services, supportive housing and case management.
“One of the best parts of my job as a Councilman is to provide the help that enables our local non-profits to grow and succeed. I am proud to have helped fund the purchase of Ohel’s new home with a one million dollar grant, and deeply thankful to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for matching that grant and making this project a priority. Thanks to our two million in New York City Council capital funding, Ohel will be able to expand its amazing services and help hundreds more families each year,” said Council Member David Greenfield.
“For over 45 years, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services has served as a beacon of hope and strength for New Yorkers across our city,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Their comprehensive range of services provides families with the support they need in times of crisis and ensures that individuals with disabilities have access to quality, compassionate care. The New York City Council is proud to provide $2 million in funding to support the expansion of this invaluable community organization to its new location, which will connect more residents with Ohel’s vital services.”
“Ohel’s decision to move to Flatbush and new premises is a direct response to the ever increasing needs and diversity of service needs in the community,” said Moishe Hellman, Co-President of Ohel.
“Ohel provides invaluable social services to thousands of people in our city,” said Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Chair of the Committee on Finance. “The City Council is proud to support their expansion and to give them the tools they need to streamline their services, increase their reach, and continue their amazing work.”
“For 45 years, Ohel has served as a reliable haven of support to all walks of life,” said Council Member Vincent Gentile. “Indeed, Ohel has helped people conquer everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with dignity and strength during times of crisis. This new centralized Ohel location will not only increase accessibility for the thousands of people they serve each and every day but it will allow Ohel to comfort, support, protect and elevate the lives of thousands of individuals and families into the next generation and beyond.”
“Ohel is an invaluable asset to our community and their expansion will allow them to continue to be a resource and source of strength to thousands of families,” said Council Member Alan Maisel. “I am proud the City Council was able to help fund their new home and their important mission.”