Bed-Stuy Restoration Guides Working-Class Families Toward Success

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Restoration has been committed to being a source of support, hope and resiliency during COVID-19. We are most thankful for our many supporters that made this possible. We are pleased to be featured in United Way's COVID-19 Impact Report, page 14.

United Way of New York City has a long-standing partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), an organization working to close the income gap for families in Central Brooklyn. They focus on low-income and working-class families, chronically unemployed, single mothers, and previously incarcerated youth, where 63% of the people they serve are women and 65.8% are black. When COVID-19 hit, those already living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling with debt—primarily single parent households and people of color—were now struggling even more trying to cover the costs of living expenses and food. Many did not have the devices or technology skills to work remotely and others lost employment due to shutdowns from the pandemic. Thanks to UWNYC’s COVID-19 Community Fund and our partnership with BET, clients had an opportunity to receive one-on-one training that will build technology skills, teach them to apply for jobs online, and provide the technology and additional skills to work remotely. In addition to workforce development, BSRC coordinated six food distribution sites. These locations served more than 1,000 households in need of meals, and provided fresh, healthy foods. One food distribution guest was beyond grateful for the support. “I received an email about a distribution of fresh vegetables, and I really needed it. I’m so appreciative of the assistance and hope for myself and my neighbors that it doesn’t end too soon. Thank you for helping our community,” she shared.