A Momentous Achievement in Red Hook, Brooklyn
Good Shepherd Services Center offers a wealth of opportunities for the Red Hook Community
This spring marked the completion of the Good Shepherd Services Center, our new state-of-the-art building in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The Center is the new, permanent home for the South Brooklyn Community Academy, our community high school for former drop-outs, and Red Hook Community Center Family Counseling Services, a preventive program that provides comprehensive counseling services and support to approximately 90 families in South Brooklyn. The building also provides administrative space for Good Shepherd's other Red Hook programs.
Built from the ground up, the $8 million, 35,000 square foot facility stands as a symbol of renewed hope to the underserved community of Red Hook. Millie Henriquez-McArdle, life-long Red Hook resident and Division Director for our Red Hook programs attests, "Red Hook has been on the receiving end of a lot of broken promises. The building is a wonderful symbol of Good Shepherd's commitment to set roots here and build on our work in the community." The excitement surrounding the opening of the new building was illustrated during the dedication ceremony on May 8th held in the gymnasium. Good Shepherd staff, Board members, program participants and public officials including Rep. Nydia Velázquez and New York City Commissioner for Children's Services Nicholas Scoppetta were on hand to celebrate.
The project to plan, fund and construct the GSSC proceeded very smoothly thanks to the hard work of key Good Shepherd staff and agency leadership. Funding for the building was generated during our two year $7.2 million capital campaign, made successful through the strong support of our Board of Directors, and many corporations, foundations, and individuals. Finally, the acquisition of Industrial Development Agency bonds helped to make the building a reality.
The new building boasts a wealth of educational and community resources. Facilities for South Brooklyn Community Academy include a science lab, social studies room, foreign language room, library, and computer lab; a roof deck for conducting botany and other science activities; a 3,300 square-foot gymnasium with basketball and volleyball equipment; a games room and a cafeteria. The remaining portion of the building includes conference rooms, offices and counseling and testing space.
May 15, 2001