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A one-stop shop for the workforce development and asset building, Restoration's Center for Personal Financial Health (CPFH) is a leader in advancing a holistic approach to financial independence, meeting customers where they are in terms of skills and needs.

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Center for Personal Financial Health (CPFH) offers a one-stop shop for comprehensive services, including workforce development, personal and family finance, and social supports. Our integrated service model assists adults and youth, individuals and families build economic self-sufficiency through a holistic and client-facing approach. We offer dynamic classes, workshops, one- on-one counseling, and more at no cost to the community.

 

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Financial Services

Mental Health

Social Supports

Tax services

Workforce Development

Jobs Plus

Webinars

To schedule an appointment or for more information contact our customer service at (718) 636-6994, email us at services@restorationplaza.org, or click the red text above.

 

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Financial Empowerment Center

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs partners with the Economic Solutions Center for the “Financial Empowerment Center” at Economic Solutions Center Central (ESC Central). We provide integrated financial services, regardless of income or citizenship status, at every stage of a person’s economic life. Services include financial literacy workshops, one-on-one financial counseling, and free tax preparation services. The ESC East and North provide these services in addition to pop-up financial empowerment locations in Brownsville, Downtown Brooklyn, Cypress Hills and Bushwick.

Wealth Talks: This monthly series features experienced entrepreneurs, nationally acclaimed speakers, and community leaders discussing topics relating to closing the Racial Wealth Gap, starting a business, the basics of investing, and more.

Classes & Workshops: Classes taught by instructors with topics ranging from personal finance, money management, credit maintenance, savings for education and retirement, debt reduction and investment strategies on a weekly basis. Visit Workforce Development for class dates

One-on-One Financial Counseling: Our team of professional financial counselors offer free assistance in tackling debt, improving credit scores, budgeting, and opening a bank account. To schedule an appointment, email us at services@restorationplaza.org, call us at (718) 636-6994 or schedule online.

Tax Preparation Assistance: Every year from February to May, ESC Central offers free tax preparation services by appointment to New York state residents. Preparation options include: guided self-preparation and one-on- one preparation for families and individuals making less than $60,000 annually.

Connections to Care

The Economic Solutions Center is one of 14 community-based organizations selected to receive funding through the Mayor’s Social Innovation Fund to implement Connections to Care. Organizations like ours partner with mental health providers, train staff Financial and Customer service staff, and improve access to mental health support to clients. An on site social worker is available to address issues clients have access to mental resources when needed.

Connections to Care is the largest public-private partnership of ThriveNYC. ThriveNYC, in partnership with The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, have been at the forefront of addressing mental health in New York City. Initiatives such as ThriveNYC, NYCWell and Connections to Care provide community organizations the tools and resources to provide mental health solutions to the communities we serve.

Get immediate help 24/7 coping with any mental health issue by visiting NYCWell

Services:

  • Screening for stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse needs.
  • Referrals to onsite and external trained counselors and other support networks.
  • Stress Management Peer to Peer support group services (Tuesday 2-4).

Eligibility:

  • All members of the community are eligible for our mental health services.

Enroll:

  • Call customer service or simply walk in to schedule an appointment.

Contact:

  • (718) 636-6994 or email sisrael@restorationplaza.org

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A One-Stop Resource Shop

The Economic Solutions Center is a “Single Stop” location that provides multiple resources in one convenient location. Social supports assist clients in achieving financial self-sufficiency by connecting clients to public assistance benefits, financial counseling, and screenings and enrollments for SNAP, Medicaid, SSDI, and more. Experienced case managers can connect you to:

Housing:

  • Eviction Prevention Assistance (One Shot Deal)
  • Childcare vouchers/Head Start enrollment
  • Rent increase exemptions for seniors and the disabled (SCRIE/DRIE)
  • Heat and Energy savings (HEAP/Empower)
  • Foreclosure Prevention

Legal Assistance:

  • Licensed lawyers to address problems such as eviction notices
  • ACS/termination of parental rights
  • Social Security Disability disputes
  • Consumer Credit
  • Immigration

Financial Assistance:

  • IRS Taxpayer Services
  • One-on-One Financial Counseling
  • Bank Account opening

Counseling & Referrals:

  • Compassionate social workers help clients cope with domestic violence, substance abuse, and family matters

To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact our customer service at (718) 636-6994 or walk in to schedule an appointment at the Economic Solutions Center Central location at 1368 Fulton Street.

Jobs Plus

The Jobs Plus program provides integrated employment services and community supports to public housing residents in order to improve their chances of securing and maintaining gainful employment. Since 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), and The Economic Solutions Center has partnered to address barriers associated with high unemployment in inner-city public housing developments.

Services Offered:

  • GED/ESOL
  • Education and Sector-based training
  • Child-Support counseling
  • Social Service referrals
  • Financial Counseling
  • Mental Health referrals and services

 

Services Areas:

Economic Solutions Center North

Map - 630 Flushing Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (entrance on Tompkins Avenue through parking lot)

 

Marcy, Lafayette and Louis Armstrong housing complexes

Economic Solutions Center East

Map - 425 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

 

Economic Solutions Center East

Map - 425 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

 

Penn-Wortman Houses
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October 2020

Financial Counseling

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Workforce 1 Virtual Hiring Event

October 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Free Fresh Produce

October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

630 Flushing Ave, 630 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Restoration will be hosting weekly farm share pick ups. There only 72 shares available so this will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.  Pick ups are Friday starting at 12 PM until we run out on the first floor at our office at 630 Flushing Avenue. For any questions, please reach out to Alexis Harrison at aharrison@restorationplaza.org or 917-740-8120.

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November 2020

Financial Counseling

November 2 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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SJ Solutions Hiring Event

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
NY United States

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Financial Counseling

November 3 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Financial Counseling

November 4 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Virtual Stress Management Support Group

November 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 27, 2021

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You are not alone. Anxiety and Stress are normal, but even more so during these times of crisis. Join one or more one of weekly virtual psychoeducation groups with our Tracey Little, LCSW and partner from The Family Center Virtual Stress Management Support Group https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89665951567 Meeting ID: 896 6595 1567 One tap mobile +16465588656,,89665951567# US (New York) Wednesday @ 5 PM

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Financial Counseling

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Financial Counseling

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Webinars

Missed one our recent webinars and events, you can still tune in. .
Restoration has introduced a series of webinars and session to help you in navigating your finances and career and identifying the support and services you may need.
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How and Why To Start Investing

August 26, 2020

View the webinar presentation by Tyler Carlton, one of our interns who currently attends Boston College studying biology and chemistry. Before the pandemic, Tyler did not have much experience in finance but, found enjoyment in research of all kinds. Once the pandemic rolled around in March, his plans to work with a research scientist and take courses over the summer were derailed; he found himself at home without much to do. As he was looking around for internship opportunities, he stumbled upon the TV personality Jim Cramer and heard, "Riches are made in recessions" and to believe that the world was ending was "betting against science." Tyler's curiosity spiked; he believed in science because he had an appreciation and understanding of it. Within 3 months, researching between 3 and sometimes 9 hours a day, Tyler racked up an impressive 201% return, beating the market's 40% return in the same time period. He says, "I spent almost 300 hours in the first couple months learning terms, strategies and listening to really smart people about investing. It was not easy... I believe anyone can do it but, only if they are willing to put in the time and effort to learn."

To view the webinar, click the picture above to register.

 

 


Managing A Full Time Gig and Your Side Hustle: How to Recession Proof Your Career.

March 31, 2020

(COVID-19)'s spread has pushed us into sudden economic instability and raises the question: How do I continue to grow my career and build wealth?

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Real World Retirement Planning in the Coronavirus Era

March 30, 2020

Real world retirement planning explores the universal reality of retirement, as well as the many savings and investment options individuals can rely on when planning for the future. We will look at what the Coronavirus Crisis means for retirement planning and compare that to traditional financial planning that looks at each stage in a working adult’s professional life – from the twenty-somethings to the final years before retirement.

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Wealth Talk Conversation with Jennifer Jones Austin

February 26, 2020

Listen to our Black History Month Wealth Talk Conversation between Restoration's President Colvin W. Grannum and Jennifer Jones Austin, President of the Federation of the Protestant Welfare Agencies. The national anti-poverty expert and 10 year cancer survivor discusses her work, her book Pure Joy, while sharing the importance of feeling empowered in the midst of challenge and choosing a victor versus victim mindset.

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Jordan Carter, Musician

“I have had an absolutely amazing time consulting the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation for business and financial advice. Pilayne helped me to maneuver losing my job, starting a band, building my credit, and purchasing musical instruments! Over the past few months, I have steadily watched my savings account grow as a result of the budgeting tools Pilayne recommended to me. She was even able to refer me to her amazing colleagues at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation who provided me with even more specific information on managing my band as a business. Most importantly, Pilayne has stressed financial independence by creating multiple streams of income which has been thrust to the forefront of my goals. I recommend everyone in Bed-Stuy meets with someone at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation!”

 

 

 

Bre Johnson, Events & Portrait Photographer

“Hi Pilayne, I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well during these unprecedented times. This is Breanna Johnson, one of your clients from the free financial counseling services at Bed-Stuy Restoration. It’s been awhile since we last communicated, maybe sometime in 2018? (time is flying).

I wanted to share with you some good news since our last conversation. First, I want to start off by saying thank you so much for encouraging me to pay off my student loans and teaching me how to budget/track my expenses. Your advice helped me to see the light at the end of the financial tunnel. As of recently, I’m officially debt free and I no longer owe money to any businesses or institutions!! I was able to make my last payment to my student loans sometime last week and I have no pending credit card bills. It feels so good to be debt free and I’m beginning to explore and learn about investing in stocks/bonds and home buying.

It’s funny as I was hitting the submit button to pay off the bill, I instantly thought of you and how happy you would be to know one of your clients beat their financial goals. Your advice helped me so much and I want to say thank you! Looking forward to hearing from you!"