Community Services Program
Community Services Program
We are thrilled to announce that our interim neighborhood library in Sunset Park has been honored by the 2021 National American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Library Association (ALA) as one of the winners of the Library Building Design Award – only one of five libraries selected in the United States! The temporary Sunset Park Library, nestled in the former Sunset Park courthouse on Fourth Avenue, was designed by Leroy Street Studio and decorated with exquisite work by Center for Family Life high school students!
High school students in CFL’s Life Lines Visual Arts Troupe partnered with the Leroy Street Studio in a collaborative process of art, design, and installation to devise a method of providing shade for library-goers on brighter days. The team constructed a unique cascade of paper mobiles that hang across the large, vaulted windows. The shapes, made bold when backlit by the sun, speak to themes of togetherness, vitality, and natural beauty.
We couldn’t be happier to share this amazing moment with all of the friends and neighbors who have joined us over many years, and who are now the core support of the independent CFLSP!
In 2020, we provided 18,090 individuals and 12,353 families with critical services, and continued to serve as an anchor in the community through the pandemic. Many of our programs operated remotely, and we maintained critical in-person services, including childcare for the children of front-line workers at a NYC Department of Education Regional Enrichment Center, five-day-a-week food and cash relief distribution through our food pantry, and youth development activities at nine neighborhood public schools, all provided while observing proper safety and social distancing precautions.
During the week of March 1st, Center for Family Life hosted the 12th annual
Career, College & Community-Building Week for the Sunset Park High
School community. CCC Week, formerly known as CCC Day, provided SPHS
students of all grades with fun, informative, and meaningful experiences to
support their college readiness over the course of three days. Virtual
programming connected students with SPHS alumni in college, enhanced their
ongoing career exploration by welcoming dialogue with a variety of guests from
different fields, and provided an opportunity for community-building with peers
By the end of the week, students had learned from guest speakers about
prospective colleges, pondered possibilities for their careers, and engaged in
joyful community-building with one another. We’re grateful for everyone who
contributed to our CCC Week and made each day special!
“I enjoyed being able to share my college and career trajectory. I wouldn’t have imagined that life
would bring me to a completely different career path than what I wanted when I was a SPHS student. Hopefully students were able to relate to my experiences and not feel anxious about college and choosing
their career path in the near future.”