Brooklyn, NY – OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services will soon be able to begin construction on a new community center in Flatbush, thanks to funding secured by Councilman David G. Greenfield and a cohort of supportive City Councilmembers who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.
OHEL, an organization that has served Brooklyn’s communities with individual and family support since 1969, will receive $1.6 million in the coming fiscal year for the new community center.
“OHEL is a wonderful community service organization that does truly outstanding work with limited resources. I am proud that the city will continue to fund this organization so that it can continue to benefit Brooklyn communities,” Councilman Greenfield said.
Councilman Mark Levine fought alongside Greenfield to ensure OHEL received enhanced funding this year. “OHEL has been a pioneer in embracing every member of our community and every New Yorker that face unique challenges,” said Levine, chair of the Council’s Jewish Caucus. “They are literally touching the lives of thousands of New Yorkers and I am thrilled that the Council is supporting OHEL.”
“OHEL offers residents all kinds of integral support services, and the Council should be proud of providing this organization with the resources they need in order to continue helping some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Councilman Mark Treyger.
Specific services OHEL offers include preventive care, foster care, adolescent residential programs, domestic violence counseling, substance abuse and addiction programs, sexual abuse programs, school-based mental health services, a Helpline, and numerous other programs to support communities that are too often neglected. Thanks to this new funding, OHEL will be able to do more than ever to support our communities.
“OHEL is grateful for the significant funding secured by New York City Councilman David Greenfield for the new Jaffa Family Campus being constructed in Flatbush,” said OHEL CEO David Mandel. “The new OHEL campus responds to the increasing, and diverse mental health and primary care needs of the community effectively under one roof.”
In addition to the funding for OHEL, Greenfield also won funding for a number of other important community organizations. Examples include Hatzolah, which will receive $300,000 in the new budget for ambulances, and Maimonides, which is receiving over $800,000 for ultrasound system upgrades and other improvements.