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7609 Third Avenue • Brooklyn 11209 • 718-333-5782

Monday - Friday • 9 am - 5 pm

Stop by and see what's going on! 

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL PROGRAMS: Computer and smartphone classes & support, Craft group, Exercise classes, Rock painting, Book Club, and more! See our online calendar.

BENEFITS ASSISTANCE: SNAP, HEAP, SCRIE, Legal assistance, BenefitsCheckup.org, Medicare and Medicaid. Call the office to find out more.
CONNECT-TO-VACCINE: Help arranging first, second or booster shots; free transportation to vaccine sites; proof of vaccination. More info.
​NEED A BOOK? Take a look at our lending library. Books are all FREE for you to enjoy!
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BRING YOUR IDEAS: Bay Ridge CONNECTS is what you make it. Call or stop by and talk with us.

Who's at Connects • Staff and Interns • RN & Benefits Consultations

​​THERESA FEENEY is the Health Management Specialist at Bay Ridge CONNECTS. She was born and raised here in Bay Ridge and has spent most of her adult life here. She's been a Registered Nurse for the past 40 years with expertise in Community Home Health so, she says, "When this position became available, I felt like it was calling my name."

 

If you have health questions, Theresa is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Thursdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, and she invites you to please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.

THERESA CICCONE, a familiar face at Connects since it opened, continues to provide Case Management Assistance on site Monday, Wednesday and Friday helping folks enroll in programs such as the DFTA funded laptop program. She also provides information and referral.

GABRIELA LOPEZ CASTILLO works full-time with our Connect-to-Vaccine program based at Connects. As a recent graduate of CUNY’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, she has dedicated her academic career in the pursuit of creating positive changes in her community. As a food pantry volunteer, an activist seeking to end poverty, and at the Department of State and the New York City Council, Gabriela understands firsthand what it means to serve, and she is excited to do so for the residents of southwest Brooklyn. Gabriela will work full-time and will spend some time doing outreach in the neighborhoods.

SYDNEY T. INGER joining the Bay Ridge Center team in April with our case management staff. She is a current MSW candidate studying at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Her research and activism focuses on food and housing insecurities across various age populations and minorities. Sydney also understands the importance of connection and community and its impact on mental health. She looks forward to meeting and serving members and residents of southwest Brooklyn.

 
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Programming at Connects is made possible through funding from the New York State Office for the Aging and the NYC Department for the Aging.

Bay Ridge Connects is an outgrowth of the Bay Ridge Center (BRC), which has been an anchor for the local senior community for more than forty years. Although affiliated with BRC, this second, store-front location offers a unique opportunity to embrace new programming and engage a wider and more diverse population.

Our goal is for Bay Ridge Connects to be an inclusive and welcoming space with a member-centered approach. The center is set up with state-of-the-art technology for tech-savvy users — or for training those who aren't. Passers by are encouraged to stop in and help create a vibrant, active and diverse community center for older adults.

For background on Bay Ridge Connects, see the Bay Ridge Center's "55+ Neighborhood Needs Survey Report."