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Neighbors Together is committed to ending hunger and poverty in the Ocean Hill/Brownsville/Bedford-Stuyvesant community, one of the lowest income areas in Brooklyn and New York City. Our mission is deeply grounded in our belief in the dignity and potential of each person. We believe that with basic support and encouragement people can stabilize their lives and work together to improve their community.
Neighbors Together serves as the triage agency for people in emergency situations: our accessibility to our isolated neighbors makes us the one place people can turn to meet their immediate need for food and to get information and referrals to other vital social services.
- Our daily soup kitchen alleviates the immediate crisis by providing hot, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner to more than 500 people a day, Monday through Saturday. Meals are provided to anyone in need with no barriers, so that people who might be hesitant to access help (people who are mentally ill, immigrants, people concerned about the stigma of seeking "charity") can get their most basic needs met, and ideally become comfortable enough to seek other services. We also provide on-the-job training in food service to four former welfare recipients each year.
- Our Empowerment Program provides personalized advocacy, referrals, and case management to help people deal with emergency situations which threaten their ability to support themselves and their families, while empowering them toward greater stability.Our case management services address the struggles which go hand-in-hand with hunger: unemployment, lack of education, homelessness, addiction, inadequate health care;
- In order to achieve our mission of ending hunger and poverty, as well as to empower our clients, Neighbors Together promotes community efforts to address the critical issues affecting our neighborhood. Our community action program strives to transform social structures that result in poverty and hunger. Clients hold weekly community meetings to discuss poverty and hunger and how they impact the Ocean Hill community; they actively engage in city- and state-wide coalitions working collaboratively to create solutions to these problems; and they make their voices heard in the public debates of these policies.
- Jay Simmelink
- (718) 498-7256
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