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ERIC Number: ED353523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Center for Family Life and the Sunset Park Community.
Sheffer, Ethel
The Center of Family Life (CFL) is a private nonprofit agency. Since its creation in 1978 CFL has offered a wide range of services to children and families in Sunset Park, a low-income multi-echnic Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. All families with children under age 18 and pregnant women living in the neighborhood are eligible for services free of charge. Services are developed in response to the needs of the families who use the Center. Currently, services include: (1) counseling and group therapy; (2) an infant/toddler/parent program; (3) a neighborhood-based foster care program; (4) an emergency food bank and advocacy center; (5) emergency housing assistance; (6) a thrift shop; (7) child care for school age children and after-school recreation programs; (8) summer day camps; (9) an arts program; and (10) an employment program. The Center was founded and remains under the leadership of Sister Mary Paul and Sister Geraldine, both of whom are clinical social workers. The staff consists of full- and part-time workers, as well as volunteers. The organizing principles of the Center are that individuals must be understood within a cultural and environmental context; the unit of analysis is always the family; and the Center itself exists within a community and must intersect with other local groups and organizations. Over the years, the Center has acquired a reputation as an exemplary family service program. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)