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By Joanna DelBuono
Welcome to the neighborhood, Ruby’s Place.
Architect Christine Hunter; program director Doug Brooks; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance project manager Brenda McAteer; founder, president, and chief executive officer Emory Brooks; board member of Community Counseling & Mediation Cassandra Underdue; and director of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Supportive Housing Loan Program Emily Lehman celebrated the grand opening ceremonies on Nov. 29.
Named after Brooks’s mother Ruby Sargent, Ruby’s Place offers services to support the mental, physical, and social needs of at-risk children, families, and homeless individuals. The new location boasts 72 affordable studio apartments, and will improve the lives of residents with onsite services.
Community Counseling & Meditation was founded in 1982 and has grown to service more than 25,000 individuals and families in the borough and Manhattan.
The organization operates more than 75 programs, owns and operates three comprehensive supportive housing facilities that provide mental health services and psychiatric evaluations, and is currently developing a fourth and fifth facility.
Brooks explained, “With support from our government funders, the Governor’s and Mayor’s Office, Community Board 17, and the Flatbush community of Brooklyn, Ruby’s Place is honored to help support formerly homeless New Yorkers by providing safe and supportive housing.
“We will continue to provide high-quality and clinical-based services that would make a long-lasting impact on the lives of the individual and families we serve,” Brooks added.
Ruby’s Place [226 Linden Blvd. at Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush, (718) 802–0666].
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