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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bronx Week Art Exhibition Highlights Impact of Court Mandated Community Service

On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Bronx Community Solutions, and the 161st Business Improvement Distict, sponsored an art exhibition entitled “Shifting Lenses: The Bronx Court’s Response to Community Service.” This exhibit, part of Bronx Week, chronicles the effect of court ordered community service in the Bronx through Bronx Community Solutions’ community impact, graffiti removal, and step street community service projects. All of these initiatives are in collaboration with our community partners including the NYPD, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, local community based organizations, the Department of Sanitation, the Parks Department, Community Boards, and most importantly, community residents.

The event was a huge success with over 40 attendees including Assemblywomen Gibson who cut the ribbon during our ribbon cutting ceremony, the Deputy Borough President, and the granddaughter of Winston Churchill. The excitement over the community service projects was palatable as participants viewed the 30 framed photographs.

Bronx Community Solutions would like to thank their Community Advisory Board who created this idea at their January meeting, Cary Goodman for providing a space to make it happen, and of course, the community partners that have made the community service projects possible.

If you missed the exhibit opening, you can still view the exhibit through May 26, 2010 at the 161st Street Bid Office, located at the corner of 161st Street and Grand Concourse.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Bronx Community Solutions Hosts Appreciation Banquet

We are happy to report that Bronx Community Solutions hosted their first Appreciation Breakfast. The purpose of this event was to show gratitude to our community partners for their willingness to collaborate, dedication, and support. The event was quite a success, and those in attendance were very pleased to meet BCS staff members and other partners.

Undoubtedly, community partners, substance abuse treatment providers, vocational programs, mental health facilities, community clinics, non-profit organizations and neighborhood schools are the backbone of Bronx Community Solutions. The hard work of these organizations allows Bronx Community Solutions to provide quality services and meaningful experiences to our clients.

The agenda for the morning included a discussion on the impact of ongoing partnerships, current BCS projects and initiatives, the courts, and on our community. A case vignette was provided so that our partners could have a greater understanding of the ways we work with court stakeholders and how open lines of communication between the courts and partners serve clients.

Lastly, the morning ended with commendations for two of our valued community service providers. The first commendation went to World Vision for their partnership with our community service initiative. Through this partnership, clients are provided with much needed indoor space for community service during harsh weather conditions. The second is Mosha’s Parking Lot for generously allowing our van to park for free, in addition to providing space to store community service supplies. Our community service crew benefits greatly from these partnerships.

We would like to thank the organization that came to the breakfast: NYC Justice Corps, VIP Community Services, Bronx Community Recovery Center, The PAC Program, World Vision, Anger Solutions, Care for the Homeless, United Bronx Parents, HELP/PSI, Wildcat Service Corp., Howie the Harp, GEMS, Bronx School of Law, Government and Justice, EXALT, Narco Freedom

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Court Allows Challenge to Legal Aid System in N.Y.

The New York Times article linked below discusses a class-action suit that will challenge the legal system's representation of the poor through legal aid. Changing the Court will be following this case as it progresses.

Court Allows Challenge to Legal Aid System in N.Y.
Published: May 6, 2010
The state’s highest court said that there were signs the system of providing lawyers for the poor was failing, clearing the way for a class-action suit.