Building Up! Grand Opening of the Marks JCH Rooftop Expansion

By Max Slutsky
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As a center of community life in Brooklyn for over 90 years, the Marks JCH has been a pillar and stabilizer for people who often needed help to take the next step towards the path of self-sufficiency.  We connect and empower our clients at every stage of life through vital social services and programs that educate and inspire. We look forward to many, many more decades of continuing to do so. The recently completed new space with a beautiful glass façade sits atop our current building, literally and spiritually bringing new light to the community.

The expansion has created five new classrooms, much needed office space, as well as a renovated outdoor inter-generational recreation area. The additional space will enable the JCH to serve more than 300 new clients per day and significantly expand our youth, workforce-development, adult literacy, and self-sufficiency programs. 

This project would not be possible without the support of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Ben Cammarata, Marks/Boas Family, The Pershing Square Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, UJA-Federation of New York Women’s Philanthropy, Robin Hood, and the incredibly dedicated Marks JCH Board of Directors. We are beyond grateful to the many individuals who made this dream a reality; who partnered with us, and believed in this project from its inception; and worked tirelessly to its completion.

As Katherine Boas, Marks JCH Board of Directors VP, beautifully summarized in her remarks: “The new rooftop space is tied to the J through a deep sense of history and service to the community. The capacity that this new roof space provides is a physical expansion and also a growing opportunity for the J to touch more who need it, and perhaps some who didn’t know they needed it”.


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