BronxWorks Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Monday, December 10, 2012

BronxWorks celebrated its 40th birthday on December 10th, at our Morris Innovative Senior Center.  The Morris ISC is located just a couple of blocks from where BronxWorks (originally known as Citizens Advice Bureau) opened its first office exactly 40 years earlier.

Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services, and Jeanne Mullgrav, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, spoke about the important role BronxWorks has played in the revitalization of the borough since the devastation that characterized many of its neighborhoods in the 1970s.  They presented a Proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg declaring December 10th to be “BronxWorks Day.”

NYC Commissioners Seth Diamond and Jeanne Mulgrav present the Mayor's Proclamation to BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin

Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene also weighed in, praising BronxWorks for its wide range of programs through the years, in particular those at our Main Community Center on the Grand Concourse, which we acquired in 1993.

Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene

There were a number of program participants there to represent the hundreds of thousands of people BronxWorks has assisted over the years.  Alfredo Chaucer, who joined our Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program, said, “BronxWorks changed my life, all for the good.”  He told the audience how the program helped him improve his interactions with his children.   (You can read Alfredo’s story here.)

Alfredo Chaucer

BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin introduced a historical short film that documented how the borough has transformed and improved since the days of burned-out buildings.  City-sponsored initiatives and neighborhood-based organizing, such as those provided by BronxWorks, were cited as major factors in the resurgence of the Bronx.  The video featured people testifying to the impact of BronxWorks on their lives.

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