Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council (MBSCC), established in 1973, remains one of the most successful, non-profit, community development organizations committed to supporting the residents of the South and Mid-Bronx through their far-reaching social programs
"Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council gave me a chance when no one else would. They believed in me and gave me opportunities that enabled me to transform my life. When I first came to them, I had two young children, no job, and nowhere to turn. Now we have agreat apartment and I have a career with a promising future”.
Desiree Lloyd, Family Service Coordinator, Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council
Our Center's Mission is to help seniors to live independently by providing activities and services geared towards overall wellness. Access to needed services are provided within a "one stop shop" concept.
Benefits and Entitlements
Counseling and Referrals
Meals on Wheels
Home-cooked Congregate Meals Program
Dinner Served Daily at our Concourse Plaza Wellness Center for Adults
H.U.D. Senior Housing
Home Care Services
Yoga & Chi-Gong
Walking, Toning and Balance Exercises
Meditation and Relaxation
Memory Book Club
Arts & Crafts
Bring a Friend Day
Parties and Shows
Games (Bingo, Dominoes and Card Games)
Bible Study Group
Dance With Me
Concourse Plaza Wellness Center is open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm and is conveniently located at 900 Grand Concourse at the corner of 161st Street.
Art from the Heart Presents....
Where can you find 150 paintings, affordably priced, created by some of the most talented seniors you'll ever meet? Concourse Plaza Center Wellness Center for Adults...That's where!
The Center sponsors an extensive art program taught by professional painter, Jimmy Smith. Seniors meet twice weekly for two hours at a time, working with water colors and acrylics. "My students are some of the warmest, most wonderful seniors. They are easily motivated and it's a pleasure to teach them because they are already inclined to create art," Smith shares. "Painting becomes therapeutic for them. Sometimes they come to class not feeling their best, but leave feeling better than when they came in," he adds. The inaugural art show of the Art from the Heart painting group featured the work of 25 budding artists and opened May 17, 2013.
In the early 1990s, MBSCC began a considerable expansion when it was selected to participate in the Comprehensive Community Revitalization Program (CCRP), spearheaded by the Surdna Foundation and funded by a consortium of 21 foundations. MBSCC’s programs and diversified services grew significantly in response to the needs articulated by community residents and stakeholders, growing to include Early Childhood Education, Universal Pre-K, Daycare, Summer Camp, Head Start, Youth Development, ESL and pre-GED classes. MBSCC began to recognize that community-revitalization begins with healthy and engaged young people. As an organization that is deeply involved with its community, particularly with the parents of children in its Early Childhood Center, MBSCC understands the urgency of South Bronx residents to have positive alternatives to overcrowded, unsafe and failing public schools. The following highlight our expanding education and youth services:
Early Childhood Center
Homework Help Program
Early Childhood Center:
The provision of adequate childcare is essential for keeping families active in the work force and engaged in the community. Our Head Start program began in 1995 with four service areas: education, health, parent involvement and social services. We've joined together with parents from varied backgrounds in order to help children succeed in school and in life.
In the Fall of 2012, our Head Start program will expand from 88-269 children at our center, including the creation of new classrooms. We also provide vocational counseling, adult education, nutrition/health services, and literacy development to parents and adults. We offer a safe, nurturing environment where both children and parents come to learn and excel. Our Head Start program operates year round and is absolutely free!
Early Learning Center, implemented in 2000, has multiple community partners, including collaborations with outside agencies such as Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK), Human Resource Administration (HRA) and Agency for Children Services (ACS). Our Day Care program is licensed by the Department of Health and provides pre-school services to a diverse population of children 3 to 5 years old. The Center is staffed with qualified, multicultural, multilingual professionals who plan age appropriate activities for the children to help foster their intellectual, social and emotional growth. Our program is enriched with music, creative arts, dance, educational trips and computer training.
The Andrew Freedman will also serve as the central office for the Day Care expansion program for children from infancy to four years old. This expanded program will provide services for 328 children at three neighborhood sites. In addition, 40 home based providers will service an additional 200 children. These providers receive ongoing training, supervision ad support from our staff.
For More information on our Early Childhood Center and any of its programs, please call 718-590-7014. We are located at 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452. The Center is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm.
Homework Help Program
Our Homework Help Program is primarily a free, after school homework assistance service for a maximum of elementary students. The program operates during the public school calendar year and addresses key parts of the learning process of Title One students. Students are tutored in reading comprehension, vocabulary skills and phonics, essay writing, geography, social studies, history and mathematics. The program runs from Monday - Friday from 3:00pm - 5:30pm and snacks are provided.
Summer Camp Programs
Farm to Turntable Project - Summer of 2013
Our young campers made two trips to the McEnroe Organic Farm in Harlem Valley, New York this summer to have hands-on experience with growing vegetables, composting, caring for animals, creating fun art projects and learning how to be more "green". The culmination of the field trips ended in a studio at El Museo Del Barrio in Manhattan where the campers made a music video with 2009 Grammy award winning producer, Andres Levin. The farm to turntable project was done in collaboration with philanthropist, Anita Durst.
Healthy Home Plate Program with the Yankees - Summer of 2013
Our 2013 summer campers participated in the Healthy Home Plate Program sponsored by the New York Yankees. During four cooking sessions, students learned how to make wholesome food choices and prepare delicious meals with sous chef, Pierre Rueca. They received gift bags of healthy treats, magazines and coupons, as well as game day tickets. Our kids were acknowledged in a pre-game ceremony on the field at Yankee Stadium. Jennifer Hansen, the Yankees' Manager of Corporate/Community Relations facilitated our participation in this culinary program, ensuring our youngsters received nutritious meal options to share with their families. Students also received personalized chef jackets as a reminder of their new and healthy cooking skills.
We look forward to participating in this program on an annual basis.
From human services to housing development, from economic revitalization to community empowerment, all the programs and initiatives of the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council (MBSCC) are designed to accomplish the following goals:
To enhance the quality of life for residents of the South Bronx
To ensure they are afforded the opportunity for economic and social well-being that will enable them to remain in the community and live with dignity for themselves and their surroundings
To encourage them to become vocal, active and positive contributors to, and forces in their community
Situated just 20 minutes from New York's Times Square, yet nestled on a scenic avenue with quiet elegance, this charming, ten room guest house is the perfect escape after exploring the city's shops, museums and local parks.
Our delightful, 1920s themed rooms are elegantly restored and conveniently located on the historic Grand Concourse in the Bronx, just minutes from Yankee Stadium. Enjoy beverages and light fare in our vintage speakeasy lounge. Play croquet and badminton on our expansive lawn, then retire comfortably to one of our beautiful bedrooms that boast en-suite baths. Soak in a relaxing tub at the end of your day’s adventures. Join us each morning for a delicious, complimentary, continental breakfast before heading off once again.
Our guest rooms and event spaces are part of the Andrew Freedman Complex Residential Integrated Culinary & Hospitality (RICH) Initiative, a 12 week, comprehensive program, designed to increase employability of local residents by professionally training and certifying participants in the hospitality and culinary trades.
So come stay with us for a modest price and empower community residents at the same time!
Freedman on the Concourse Guest Rooms 1125 GRAND CONCOURSE BRONX, NY 10452
In collaboration with The Bronx Arts Alliance, The Andrew Freedman played host to We Are Still Here - Art in the Bronx, a recent exhibition that featured the work of 25 artists, representing 13 art organizations. The show also included two works by famed artist, Romare Bearden. The exhibit was part of a special Bronx Armory Show event, which ran in March 2013.
Next Exhibition - "Brimming On the Edge" - Bronx Week 2013!!!!
900 Grand Concourse - Bronx, NY
Tel: (718) 588-8200
Fax: (718) 681-3824
Mid-Bronx Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Program.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
"When the founders of Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council first came together in the early 1970s, it seemed as if everyone believed it was possible to change the world, and necessary. We certainly believed it! We were a diverse group of activists - parents, social workers, business people, representatives from many different faith-based institutions and from many different ethnic groups. We understood that there was a lot of work that needed to be done. Our response was to roll up our sleeves and do it."
Jeanette Puryear, President & CEO Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council