About us


Diaspora Community Services is a social support service agency that empowers families and individuals to maximize their abilities to succeed through culturally sensitive health promotion, family support services and advocacy.



Recognized expert in the provision of culturally sensitive health information

Based on this, we are committed to our clients and believe by respecting and understanding their needs, we can strive to meet their expectations; providing effective, quality services. At Diaspora Community Services, we take pride in the noteworthy contributions of diverse communities and are committed to the concept of partnership, integrity and equality for all. We serve as a bridge for our clients; helping to advocate for their needs and supporting them on their personal journey to empowerment. We serve a highly diverse population, providing essential health and supportive programs. We make it our mission to maintain the highest standards of human rights, gender equity, non-discriminatory healthcare access, and opportunity for low-income and immigrant families in Central Brooklyn. We support and understand the principles of anti-racism and anti-poverty.


Founded in 1981, Diaspora Community Services (DCS) is a Brooklyn-based multi-service and multi-cultural 501 (c) 3 nonprofit providing comprehensive supports to low income residents, immigrants, and the chronically ill. DCS serves some 10,000 annually through three programmatic sites in New York City. Staffed by seasoned professionals in the health and social service sectors and supported by a dedicated Board of Directors as diverse as the vibrant communities we serve, DCS provides robust programming that targets the most vulnerable of our communities.

DCS’s programs address the very root causes of the challenges our clients face, empowering low income families and individuals to overcome obstacles to their well-being and self-sufficiency.  Since obtaining non- profit status in 1991, DCS (formerly known as the Haitian Women’s Program) has continued to focus on the challenges and inequities that impact women and girls and the youth of our communities.  From resettling Haitian refugees in the late 1980s to addressing the onset of the HIV crisis in 1990, DCS has focused on ensuring clients have access to much needed benefits, counseling, education, housing placement and referrals to our many qualified organizational partners.  

We have implemented youth programs based on youth development principles of education, empowerment and focusing on the assets of our youth instead of deficits.

Current program services include access to quality health services, supportive housing, youth education, and the social support services critical to meeting basic needs while focusing on impacting poverty. DCS meets each client where they are in terms of individual skills, finances, health and needs; providing one-on-one transformative support to help them succeed.



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Carine Jocelyn

Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa Mejia

Senior Manager,

Youth Services

Betty Collado

Clinical Director

Simone Harris


Administrative Operations

Cassandra Moore

Senior Manager,

Community Based Programs

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Amy-Monique Waddell

Senior Manager,

Quality Assurance & Program Management



Kenrick Ross

Board President

Executive Director

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Inc


Carine Jocelyn

Chief Executive Officer

Diaspora Community Services


Dominique Etienne


Maritsa Cholmondeley

Healthcare Administrator

InHouse Physicians

NYC Public Schools COVID-19 Testing, Planning & Implementation

RN Graduate Fellow,

Adolescent Psychiatry

Inova Fairfax Hospital


Jerry Raphael

Chief Financial Officer

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Caleb Terry

Compliance Officer

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center



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Department of youth & community development 

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New York State Department of Health

New York State Department of Health & Mental hygiene 

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united states department of health & human services

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Thank you for your interest in working at Diaspora Community Services. To view our current job openings please follow the link to our organizations Indeed page and apply.