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33-year-old Non-Profit Gets a Facelift

One of North Brooklyn’s longest serving non-profits, dedicated to serving the needs of the underprivileged in the community, is set to get a new home this Saturday.

The Trinity Human Services Corporation (THSC) will unveil its new offices at 153 A Johnson Avenue this weekend and local electeds including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso will be on hand to inaugurate the new space.

“We are really excited for this new chapter in our history,” said Joseph Schenk, the deputy executive director at THSC. “This will hopefully allow us to serve the community better and reintroduce us to the neighborhood.”

The organization was established 33 years ago at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Montrose Avenue and was largely run by members of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, a Dominican congregation based in Amityville, New York.

It acquired non-profit status two years later, and the organization soon formed a close bond with the Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Anthony Province.

In 1991, the group expanded to create a specialized social services center and came to acquire its current name.

Some of the programs the group currently offers include an emergency food pantry where customers are able to receive food once a month.

In fact, in 2013, over 24,000 New Yorkers visited the pantry for food, according to the organization. The pantry averages about 2,200 visitors each month.

In addition, the group advocates for immigration rights, employment, mental health, and housing and provides assistance for alcohol and drug use, and domestic violence among various other social services.

The organization also operates a thrift shop for clothing, household wares and furniture. Proceeds from the sales directly go towards funding their other programs.

The group is now hoping that their advocacy can continue seamlessly at their newly renovated location.

“We’re going to have more waiting room for our clients and we’re going to make our pantry more easily accessible,” said Schenk, about the renovated space. “People won’t have to wait out in the cold and overall it could be a more pleasant experience.”

The Trinity Human Services Corporation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m., 153 A Johnson Avenue, Ph: 718-388-3176, for more info visit http://thscbklyn.tumblr.com.

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