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Red Hook CARES: Community Free Store

On September 8th, Women in Touch, Red Hook CARES (Counseling and Restorative Services), and the Justice Center’s Americorps members joined together to host a community free store in Coffey Park. The Women in Touch office on Richards Street is getting a revamp and our first step was clearing out the clothing and items to make way for the new!



Women in Touch has been a long time resource and space for the community of Red Hook and the CARES team is super excited to join them in this project. However; CARES and WIT couldn’t have done it without the help of the Americorps members, who spent all day clearing out the Richards Street apartment and organizing items to give away in the free store.


Community members dropped in throughout the day to shop, enjoy some lemonade, and chat about what’s to come in the new space. The Women in Touch office on 135 Richards Street will continue to be a safe, community space. We are re-decorating and furnishing the space to make way for community events, su…

Recognizing 9/11

The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps joined the Student Conservation Association to honor 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance on Governors Island.  Following the events of September 11 Governors Island hosted the National Guard and first responders. Today, we are reminded that New York City is stronger and more resilient because of the service and dedication of individuals. AmeriCorps members worked on the Green Zone and improved the trail paths on the island. The members took pride in giving back and doing something positive! 



National Night Out 2017

Yesterday evening, Red Hook staff, community residents, business owners, local law enforcement and politicians joined together to celebrate Red Hook’s 23rd Annual National Night Out Against Crime! Over thirty organizations participated in our resource fair, including New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Carroll Gardens Association and Rebuilding Together just to name a few.

A number of elected officals including Councilmembers Lander, Menchaca, Senator Squadron, and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez spoke a few words, and thanked everyone for coming together and working to make Red Hook a safer community. Activites included pony rides, face painting and relay races between officers and youth. Overall, we had a great turn out and it was very rewarding to see everyone interacting especially with law enforcement.

We would like to thank all of the Justice Center staff for helping to put this together and work throughout the event, our court officers Josh and Albie for helping with set-up along sid…

July Events with the Office of Youth and Community Programs

Last week the Office of Youth and Community Programs at the Justice Center celebrated our 1 year anniversary in our Bridging the Gap Series: Youth, Community and Police!


Youth, community members, officers, guests and parents all joined together at Brooklyn Borough Hall to reflect on the work we have been able to do within the last year. For a few years now, this was just an idea that we were finally able to bring to fruition with the help of PSA1s then Neighborhood Coordination Officer (NCO), Edgard Centeno last July. The objective of our series is to educate our youth and community members on how to build and improve relationships with police, and allow them a safe space to interact. Incidents over the years have caused broken seams between police officers and the communities they serve. Thus, we wanted to create events where all parties could be heard and bridge that gap.

A few keynote speakers included Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Assistant Chief Rodney Harrison, Assemblyman…

Earth Day 2017

The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps hosted their 2nd annual “Earth Day Event” last month in April. Over 70 children from the Red Hook Community joined the celebration. The afternoon consisted of arts and crafts activities, face painting pot d├ęcor and flower planting.  The Americorps members were joined by staff of GrowNYC, who have been working closely with GrowNYC, developing ways of bringing awareness to the community on Recycling. 

In addition, to the fun activities children had the opportunity along with their parents to receive information and literature on tips for recycling in their homes. They participated in a fun and interactive recycling game that tested their current knowledge on recycling. Families left the event thinking about recycling and their responsibility to care for earth, especially children who carried their pots home in hopes that their seeds would bloom into flowers with their care.






















Red Hook Celebrates Women's History!

This week, Red Hook CARES threw its first ever community event in celebration of Women’s History Month! 

The theme Mind, Body and Soul helped remind the strong, talented, hardworking and beautiful women in this building and in our community to appreciate one another and take some time out of their day to take care of their health, wellness, and spirit.
A delicious spread of dishes and desserts contributed by staff were recipes “inspired by women who inspired them.” Khadijah James from Joseph Addabo Health Center provided free blood pressure and health screens. Professional make-up artist Louis Cruz did extravagant full makeovers. Our own Marissa Williams did hair styling, Deanna Cherry from Red Hook Initiative led relaxation activities and spa activities. Arts and craft stations allowed people to decorate “dream boxes” for themselves or a special woman in their life with inspirational messages. Samora Coles provided information about her services for young mothers at Alex House. And …

Black History Month Celebration

Earlier this month AmeriCorps, Peacemaking, Youth Programs and Women in Touch joined together to Celebrate Black HistoryMonth! We held a fundraiser auctioning off photography from past JustArts: Photography classes and special art pieces created by AmeriCorps members, Peacemaking participants and Alice Tapia. We also had a dance performance from two of our very own Youth Court members.

Special thank you to everyone who made food and art donations. Lastly, thank you Sequoia from our AmeriCorps program for leading the charge and all of the AmeriCorps members and staff who stood late to clean up!
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Another Successful Bridging the Gap Event!

This week the Youth and Community Programs department here at the Red Hook Community Justice Center were fortunate enough to put together and host their 3rd installment in their Bridging the Gap Series: Youth, Community and Police titled GAME NIGHT! We had over 100 participants in attendance in just two hours, including more than 25 officers present from various local precincts (PSA 1, 76th, 72nd and PSA 9). With crowd favorite games such as a Birthday Line Up, Family Feud and Pictionary games just to name a few and ending the night with a “Juju on that Beat” dance off we were able to host a successful and fun-filled event! We understand that teambuilding is crucial in strengthening relationships, and our main goal is to also allow local youth and community members to partner up with officers.Many of our young people have expressed wanting to connect with officers but just did not know where to start.  The purpose of our series is to come together, break down most stereotypes and promo…

Bringing in the New Year!

The month of January has been very busy for the Justice Center! 

We recently inducted and swore-in thirteen new AmeriCorps members for the Red Hook Community Resilience Corps program. Honorable Judge Calabrese spoke a few words and welcomed the new cohort to the Justice Center. They will be working within the various departments in the building and also assisting in creating community events. Stay tuned to see their work throughout the year! 




Also, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. AmeriCorps members, youth court members, Good Shepherds Services, staff from the JC, youth and members of the community all joined together for a day of service. The day consisted of a screening of "My Friend Martin" which is a short film about Martin Luther King, his legacy and overall mission during the civil rights movement. 
Followed by the screening, Leslie (AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) and members led a discussion of what the kids learned from the video. Shortly after we all participat…