By COLlive reporter
Undaunted by a recent burglary, and moving into the age of Hi Tech, the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council’s social service center, now called Crown Heights Central, continues to improve its appearance and level of service.
With free legal counseling in a wide range of areas, such as Consumer Debt, Immigration, and Family Law, and with a new exterior look, Executive Director Rabbi Eli Cohen hopes that community members will feel even more welcome than before to make use of its services.
“The name ‘Crown Heights Central’ sends out the message that this is the place to come to for assistance with a whole range of services,” Cohen said.
“We hope that the change will not be just cosmetic, but that people who drop in to Crown Heights Central will feel more confident about getting the assistance they need.”
Now, not only have the stolen computers been replaced, but a new computerized display has been installed in the window to give details of all the services offered inside.
This change is only the latest in a series of improvements begun in the summer. The waiting area of the social services center has been completely cleaned up, with new seating and lighting replacing the old dusty furniture and bulletin boards. A brand new awning declaring Crown Heights Central, the new face for the social services arm of the CHJCC, has gone up as well.
The online presence also has been upgraded: The new website www.crownheightscentral.org, gives overviews of the services being offered and also includes a listings of community resources and useful information.
Crown Heights Central plans on utilizing social media to share relevant information and to start a conversation with the community via Facebook.
“We’re just starting on this journey and want to hear from the community on how we’re doing,” Cohen said. “If there’s something we can do to improve our services, please let us know.”
The Crown Heights Central is also working on beefing up their current list of services – the newest program, Legal Services, provides free legal advice and representation in the areas of immigration, custody or child support, credit card debt, foreclosures, evictions and fair hearings on denial or reduction of benefits.
Currently, a volunteer program is in the works, hoping to connect local organizations with volunteers looking to give back to their community.
The work on the storefront and website was completed by entirely Crown Heights businesses, including Adar Construction, for the storefront renovations, the new awning done by Sign It INC, and website done by Star City Media.