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ABOUT US

Fort Greene Council, Inc. (FGC) is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in Brooklyn, New York, in 1973 and incorporated in 1974.  The Council strives to provide services at several life cycle stages, beginning with our early childhood programs and continuing with programs for our older adults.

 

FGC operates 14 dynamic and invigorating Older Adult Clubs in seven Brooklyn community districts and one educationally advanced child education center.

OUR HISTORY

In 1973, Grace Agard-Harewood cut the ribbon to open the first Fort Greene Center at 966 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Before our opening, Ms. Harewood worked at Brooklyn CORE as part of her fieldwork for her master's in social work. There, she met FGC's founders while working on her dissertation, which envisioned an entity providing in-community services for aging.

FGC's founders obtained city grants that brought her vision to life. Ms. Harewood was selected to be the first director of the newly formed center. Shortly after graduation from Columbia University, Ms. Harewood worked hard at building what would become NYC's largest black-operated elder services agency. For over 30 years as its executive director, Ms. Harewood and her equally dedicated staff worked tirelessly to meet the community's needs, expanding to multiple neighborhood centers and childcare programs. Following Ms. Harewood's passing in 2004, the center was renamed in her honor. Ms. Harewood's love, leadership, and contributions to Fort Greene Council are a lasting legacy.

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is simple: To provide quality programming and human service care that encourages and embraces older adults educates and empowers children, and enriches the lives of families in a challenging, nurturing, and supportive environment.

OUR VISION

We envision a world where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential regardless of age or background. Through our commitment to the communities we serve, we aim to create a lasting impact that transcends boundaries, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.

 

For over 50 years, Fort Greene Council Inc. has been dedicated and committed to providing programs that advance the well-being of older adults, youth, and families in Brooklyn, New York.

OUR COMMITMENT & CORE VALUES:

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Quality of Life:

FGC is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the people it serves through various programs and services that address their unique needs and preferences. FGC promotes independence, autonomy, and fulfilling lifestyles for every person or family we serve.

Comprehensive Support:

FGC is committed to offering a comprehensive network of support services encompassing health, social, and recreational activities. FGC strives to be a trusted resource for older adults, youth, and families, providing assistance that meets their immediate and evolving needs.

Community and Connection:

FGC recognizes the importance of social connections. It aims to foster a vibrant and inclusive community for our members. Additionally, FGC facilitates opportunities for meaningful interactions, friendships, and a sense of belonging, helping the youth, older adults, and families stay engaged and connected.

Dignity and Respect:

FGC is founded on the principles of dignity and respect for all people. We advocate for the rights of all, ensuring they are treated with the utmost respect, understanding, and consideration in every aspect of their lives.

Empowerment:

FGC empowers everyone in our network to lead active and purposeful lives. Through education, advocacy, and support, we strive to enable our older adults, youth, and families to make informed decisions, maintain independence, and contribute to the community.

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