MBSCC offers a full range of human services for neighborhood residents of all ages in its efforts to create an environment for facilitating community transformation. Some of our services include job training and vocational counseling, job readiness workshops, literacy and basic education classes for adults, a Head Start program, Day Care, Pre-K, after-school and school-to-work programs for children and adolescents, nutrition programs and case management.

1. Seniors

MBSCC provides an array of social services designed to increase the stability and self sufficiency of the elderly in our community. We were the pre-eminent service provider to seniors in the Bronx throughout the '70s, and the driving force in building community coalitions and collaborations to identify needs, gaps in service and innovative programs and services. In the '70s, MBSCC helped to create seven senior centers along the Concourse Corridor through the Mid-Bronx Interagency Coordinating Council. Since then, MBSCC has provided an array of services for older New Yorkers including comprehensive in-home services (home health care, personal care, and light housekeeping), meals-on-wheels, transportation, case management, case assistance, telephone reassurance, and friendly visiting. Current programs include:

  • Project Homebound (Meals on Wheels / Transportation)
  • Concourse Plaza Senior Social Services
  • Concourse Plaza Wellness Program
  • Project Work Prepared
  • Comforting Care
  • Adult Day Services

2. Children

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, daycare, summer camp, Head Start, youth development, ESL and pre-GED classes. MBSCC began to recognize that community revitalization begins with healthy and highly-achieving children and youth. As an organization that is deeply involved with its community, particularly with the parents of children in its Head Start and pre-K programs, MBSCC understands the urgency of South Bronx residents to have quality-rich alternatives to overcrowded, unsafe, failing public schools. The following highlight our expanding educational and youth services:

  • Head Start
  • Early Learning Center
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten
  • Homework Help Program
  • Summer Camp (Fresh Air Fund affiliation)

3. Teens & Young Adults

In 2000, MBSCC undertook a strategic initiative to focus on teens and young adults. We recognized that today’s young people have inadequate support systems and outlets and far too many distractions and negative impacts in their lives. Using experiences learned from programs like the Youth Educational Employment and Empowerment Service (1995) and the Adolescent Vocational Exploration Program (1996), MBSCC created a number of initiatives that provide unique services to teens and young adults, including:

  • Afterschool Programs
  • Mentoring & Volunteerism
  • Youth Employment Services

4. Family

  • Family Preservation Center
    • Family Social Services
    • Food Pantry / Hunger Prevention
  • Neighborhood Partners Initiative

5. Community & Economic Development

  • 161st Street Business Improvement District
  • Neighborhood Advisory Council
  • Neighborhood Preservation Program
  • AFC Small Business Incubator (coming soon)

6. Workforce Development

  • Job Resource Center
  • Youth Employment
  • Training Programs (approved by NYS Labor Department)
    • Work Readiness
    • Locksmithing
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Food Preparation / Food Safety
    • Custodial Maintenance
  • AFC Residential Integrated Culinary and Hospitality Training Program
  • AFC Cultural Arts and Media Center (coming soon)
  • AFC Green Tech and Trade Institute (coming soon)


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


Freedman on the Concourse Guest Rooms

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
BRONX, NY 10452 

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romare bearden

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.

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"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