Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) is a community-based organization that provides services well beyond the boundaries of Coney Island. We provide a wide range of social services to low-income and elderly individuals and families. While we have a focus on southern Brooklyn, many of our programs also serve other Brooklyn neighborhoods, parts of Queens and Manhattan. We have a positive impact on communities throughout the city through our capacity-building services to other non-profit organizations.
We were founded in 1973 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the frail elderly, the vocationally disadvantaged, underprivileged immigrants and educationally at-risk youth. We later saw the opportunity to have a broader impact by strengthening the abilities of other community-based non-profits, and so added capacity-building technical assistance for those organizations.
- JCCGCI’s Senior Services division assists the frail elderly with practical services such as homecare, transportation and case management, while also addressing their needs to socialize, connect with others and live fulfilling lives. Our multiple senior center sites serve over 1,500 congregate and home-delivered meals daily, and our Holocaust Survivor Support Systems assists over 2,500 Nazi victims with multiple services.
- JCCGCI’s Vocational Services help low-income residents obtain employment that will allow them to support themselves and their families, with adult literacy, occupational skills training and job placement services.
- Our Educational Services improve the school performance of students from elementary through high school, and provide after-school enrichment in a safe environment. Our Horizons Academy program dramatically increases high school graduation and college acceptance rate for participating high school students.
- JCCGCI’s renowned “NonProfit HelpDesk” division helps community-based nonprofit organizations throughout New York City with comprehensive capacity building and technical assistance services through training and consulting, helping hundreds of organizations do good, better.
- Whereas our other divisions offer services which are both community-based and citywide, our “Community Support Systems” division focuses primarily on the southern Brooklyn neighborhoods adjacent to where JCCGCI’s central offices are located. Programs include, Cure Violence Program, Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Program, NY Rising Community Centers Program, and Housing Preservation Initiative (HPI) Program.