Together We Dream of Solutions for the People of Brooklyn

A one-stop shop for the workforce development and asset building, Restoration's Economic Solutions Center (ESC) 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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Economic Solutions Center (ESC) 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.

 

Click the tabs above to learn about our service offerings.

Financial Services

Mental Health

Social Supports

Workforce Development

Jobs Plus

All For One

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

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 or 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 Building Wednesday: 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. Email us at services@restorationplaza.org or call (718) 636-6994.

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. Book An Appointment

 
Meet the Financial Counselors

Julian Stillman
Julian Stillman is a knowledgeable and engaging addition to the Financial Counseling team. Joining Restoration in August 2018, Julian is a bi-lingual immigrant from Colombia, with a professional background in business development. He brings to his role substantial skills in project management, relationship building and business planning. He previously worked at the University of Antioquia in Colombia, coordinating entrepreneurship activities between students, professors and public/private institutions. Julian has a Bachelor of International Business and an MBA from the University of Antioquia. He hopes to use his background and knowledge to improve the financial lives of his clients.

Pilayne Franklin
Pilayne Franklin has 20 years’ experience working in financial services, during which she became familiar with the unfortunate consequences of lower income people’s lack of awareness about the banking industry’s consumer policies. She has brought a great deal of insider knowledge, attention to detail and commitment to top quality service to our team since April 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Studies at Medgar Evers College in 2017. In her final year, she completed a thesis titled Consumer Bank Fees: Identifying Gaps in Bank Policy, Government Regulation, and Education. Pilayne is a proud Staten Islander, who frequently conducts financial workshops around the island.

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 & 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

Penn-Wortman Houses

All for One

Who We Are

All For One is a collaborative partnership, spearheaded by three innovative Community Development Corporations (CDC); Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Bridge Street Development Corporation, and IMPACCT Brooklyn. This collaboration is the extension of deep relationships between neighborhood partners, each with extensive assets, investments and community reach throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant and in the two proposed census tracts.

What We Do

The Collaborative actively leverages the successes of its high-capacity partners into demonstrable reductions in poverty at the household and/or community level, over time. While these and other organizations have successfully provided much-needed services in the area, often efforts have been ‘siloed’ and not connected to an overall plan to create community-level change. The Collaborative builds on the partners’ collective capacity and intervenes in the ‘silo effect’ by using data to better target high-needs households, identify service delivery gaps, implement and maintain standardized data to cross-sell services and track results to inform programmatic decision making.

Where

The initial target area is two census tracts in Northern Bedford Stuyvesant that represent some of the highest poverty rates and lowest educational attainment rates in the city.

Our Goal

Our goal is to implement a coordinated, comprehensive approach to service delivery at a level indicative of community saturation. Through a series of events, the All For One collaborative is providing service interventions in five core areas. These areas are Youth, Workforce Development, Financial Stability, Mental & Physical Health and Housing Stability. Our long term (3 -5 years) social impacts are anticipated to be:

  • Increased upward mobility of those in poverty
  • Increased employment rate and reduced long term reliance on public benefits
  • Increased financial independence and financial management
  • Increased household and housing stability and reduction in homelessness.
  • Increasingly positive indicators of health and family strength.

 

Median Household Income averages just $24k against a New York City average of $ 50,711 and Bed-Stuy average of $36,528

The Collaborative conducted at Comprehensive Survey in 2015 which revealed:

  • 69.9% of respondents are Unbanked (national average of around 7%)
  • 25% indicate high levels of Depression (national average of 4%)
  • 47% indicate housing instability living with friends or in a home not owned or rented by them
  • 20% have never held a job in the formal economy for more than a year

 

Some of Our Proposed Activities

How You Can Help

Our neighborhood partners are critical to the success of the initiative. You and your organization can help by:

  • Working collaboratively with us and providing concrete feedback on our efforts
  • Spreading the word about this initiative amongst your provider peers and within the community you serve, including mobilizing the community in participatory research, supporting public events and community engagement efforts
  • Connecting the initiative to available resources whether it is a particular partnership that will support the project, securing additional funding or helping us source neighborhood data and metrics

Together we can work to build strong and stable communities within Bedford-Stuyvesant!

For more information, Email all4one@restionplaza.org or call 917-267-5598

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March 2019

Job Readiness Training: Resume Writing/Interviewing

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Resume Writing/Interviewing ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT It is not always easy to find work and advance in your career. Our Career Development team is ready to assist you through a series of workshops that include resume writing, interviewing skills, financial and career planning, and professionalism in the workplace, so that you are fully equipped to land that job. We also provide training with certificates or licenses in Customer Service, Computer Skills, and Food Handlers to help you grow in your job…

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Job Readiness Training: Resume Support – ESC Central

March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on March 18, 2019 at 5:30pm

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Resume Support Instructor: Sanchez ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT It is not always easy to find work and advance in your career. Our Career Development team is ready to assist you through a series of workshops that include resume writing, interviewing skills, financial and career planning, and professionalism in the workplace, so that you are fully equipped to land that job. We also provide training with certificates or licenses in Customer Service, Computer Skills, and Food Handlers to help you grow in…

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Free Tax Prep

March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Job Readiness Training: Food Handlers – ESC Central

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on March 20, 2019 at 9:00am

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Food Handlers Instructor: KBCC Note: You must attend both days of this class, as it is mandatory to take the exam for the food handlers certification. Please bring your NYS state ID and social security card to complete paperwork. Thank you for your interest.   ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT It is not always easy to find work and advance in your career. Our Career Development team is ready to assist you through a series of workshops that include resume writing, interviewing…

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Free Tax Prep

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until April 15, 2019

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Job Readiness Training: Food Handlers – ESC Central

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on March 20, 2019 at 9:00am

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Food Handlers Instructor: KBCC Note: You must attend both days of this class, as it is mandatory to take the exam for the food handlers certification. Please bring your NYS state ID and social security card to complete paperwork. Thank you for your interest.   ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT It is not always easy to find work and advance in your career. Our Career Development team is ready to assist you through a series of workshops that include resume writing, interviewing…

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Free Tax Prep

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until April 15, 2019

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Economic Solutions Center presents: Success Celebration – ESC East

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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ESC East, 425 New Lots Avenue
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Job Readiness Training: Customer Service – ESC Central

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on March 22, 2019 at 9:00am

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Customer Service Instructor: Dody ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT It is not always easy to find work and advance in your career. Our Career Development team is ready to assist you through a series of workshops that include resume writing, interviewing skills, financial and career planning, and professionalism in the workplace, so that you are fully equipped to land that job. We also provide training with certificates or licenses in Customer Service, Computer Skills, and Food Handlers to help you grow in…

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Food Stamp Application Assistance

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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