About us

MISSION

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.

 

VISION

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 health-care access and opportunity for low-income and immigrant families in Central Brooklyn. We support and understand the principles of anti-racism and anti-poverty.

DCS HISTORY

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.

 
 
 

LEADERSHIP

Betty Collado

Clinical Director

Ariel Molina

Manager

Outreach and Community Engagement

Simone Harris

Manager,

Administrative Operations 

Cassandra Demosthenes

Senior Manager, 

Community Based Programs

Allanah Lewis

Program Manager,

Medical Benefits Assistance Program

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Kenrick Ross

Board President

New Jersey Manager

Main Street Alliance

 

Carine Jocelyn

Chief Executive Officer

Diaspora Community Services

 

Dr. Pierre Arty

Chief Psychiatric Officer

Housing Works

 

Maritsa Cholmondeley

RN Graduate Fellow, Adolescent Psychiatry

Inova Fairfax Hospital

 

Jerry Raphael

Chief Financial Officer

Stack Overflow

 

Caleb Terry

Vice President Human Resources

Housing Works

Carine Jocelyn

Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa Mejia

Senior Manager,

Youth Services

 
 

FINANCIALS

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FUNDING PARTNERS

Department of youth & community development 

public health solution

New York State Department of Health

New York State Department of Health & Mental hygiene 

the research foundation of the city university of new york

united states department of health & human services

united states department of justice

 
 

EMPLOYMENT

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Contact Us

921B East New York Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11203

info@diasporacs.org

Phone: (718) 399-0200

Fax: (718) 399-0360

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