As a trusted center of our Brooklyn community, the H.E.S. plays a vital role in supporting our neighbors. During the past year, the agency has served 106,858 community members through our Food Pantry, benefits access and connecting our patrons to community resources.

From family wellness to food and financial support, the H.E.S. provides a variety of community support services.

Educational Workshops & Consultations

We conduct workshops aimed at helping adults, families, and children learn strategies for success while they connect with their peers.  Topics include financial literacy, educational and job skills, safety, preparing our children for the future, and much more!

Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups meet weekly on Thursdays, via zoom, for parents to connect and navigate the social, emotional, financial, and physical needs of children and adolescents. We currently lead four different groups:

  • First Thursday of the Month: Bereavement Support
  • Second Thursday: 1st Time Young Parents
  • Third Thursday: Families with Children with Disabilities
  • Fourth Thursday: Parents of Adolescents

Community Health

Our staff works to improve health outcomes and increase vaccination rates through the NYC Public Health Equity initiatives. H.E.S.’s OASAS funded Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program uses proven evidence-based practices to reach more than 2,000 Brooklyn residents annually. Senior services, offered in collaboration with other agencies.

Food Pantry

The HES Food Pantry provides food to countless residents of the Canarsie area.  For more information about how we can help ensure your family doesn’t go hungry and to register or make your monthly pick-up appointment, contact the HES Food Pantry at (718) 241-3000 ext. 4 or email


Not sure where to turn when you have questions about the emotional, educational, social, and day-to-day needs of your family?  Let us assist you in finding the next step to ensure that you can maintain a happy and healthy life that you deserve for yourself and your family.

Prevention Services

We strive to help our children develop the life skills they need to become successful adults.  Social, self-esteem building, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills are all a part of our programs designed to help children avoid high-risk behaviors and fulfill their full potential.

For more information about Community Support or Social Services and Community Engagement, please email or call  (718) 241-3000 ext. 129.



Our Senior Adult Program offers a community resource program that enables those who are 60 and older, to stay healthy and happy in our community.

The Program offers:

  • Assistance with and access to social services, including benefits/entitlements (e.g., SSI, SNAP (food stamps), housing assistance, and more)
  • Advocacy, information, and referral services to community and government agencies
  • Financial and legal consultations
  • Crisis intervention
  • Social, educational, and recreational activities, trips
  • Volunteer opportunities

For more information about the Senior Adult Program, please contact Irina, the Social Adult Day Care Director at (718) 241-3000 ext. 132 or email

We are looking for compassionate volunteers dedicated to creating positive change and serving the community. Please apply. We would love to hear from you.

We are seeking volunteers for the following programs:

  • Food Pantry
  • Sports
  • After School
  • Early Childhood Education

If you are interested in volunteering at the H.E.S., please email

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) connects NYC youth with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

Through SYEP, participants can explore different interests and career pathways, develop productive workplace habits, and engage in learning experiences that strengthen their social, civic, and leadership skills.


Prospective SYEP Participants:

At H.E.S., we welcome SYEP participants this summer, between the ages of 16 and 24. To sign up, follow the below instructions:

Step 1: Go to SYEP

Step 2: Scroll down and click on Apply to 2023 SYEP

Step 3: Click on Apply Now

Step 4: Create a username and password

Step 5: Fill out application

Step 6: Part of the online application process will ask you to select an organization. If you would like to be placed at the H.E.S., you must select either:

COJO (Council of Jewish Organization) – Brooklyn
Italian American Civil Rights League – Brooklyn

Step 7: Once you press submit, please print out the confirmation page and submit to Steven at the H.E.S. or email it to Ashley at Please write your first and last name on the confirmation page.


CDG and COVID-19 Disparities

In January 2022, the H.E.S. was awarded federal funding to address COVID-19 disparities and to support COVID-19 recovery via a COVID Disparities Grant (CDG). A component of this grant was to create a collaborative approach, by building partnerships within communities heavily impacted by COVID.

The purpose of the project and grant was to launch an organized model for reducing COVID-19 disparities by reducing the risk for COVID-19 infection, building social cohesion, and meeting basic social needs and racial inequities.

The project aimed to:

  • Expand the engagement of a Community Health Worker workforce to leverage their deep community roots, institutional relationships, and neighborhood expertise
  • Build community resilience
  • Catalyze change within systems
  • Increase preparedness for future emergencies

For more information about the H.E.S. and the COVID-19 Disparities Grant, contact Dr. Alethea Henry at (718) 241-3000 ext.139 or email


Become a part of the H.E.S. family and team!

The H.E.S. is currently hiring for a variety of roles. To see all our current job openings, click here.

Candidates are welcome to apply directly to the H.E.S. by emailing resumes and cover letters to Please ensure to include the position title in the subject of the email.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The H.E.S. has compiled a variety of NYC community resources for you and your family. These resources will be updated regularly as we become aware of new information and programs to share.

General Resources for New York City

1) Tenant Resource Portal helps residential renters access free resources from the City to help prevent evictions and keep tenants stably housed. It brings together resources from multiple city agencies, city-funded nonprofit legal service organizations, and Community Based Organizations together, to better improve and streamline how tenants can learn about the options that may be available to them.

2) SpreadLoveNYC connects New Yorker seeking volunteer opportunities with nonprofits and service projects. Led by Mayor Adams and NYC Service, New Yorkers can volunteer for projects that are 1-2 or 3+ hours. Register as a volunteer or partner organization.

3) If you have been harassed or discriminated against due to immigration/citizenship status, race, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability, contact NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime.

4) While Black in NYC: Protections Against Discrimination for Black New Yorkers. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against or harassed because of their race, color, or national origin, call 212-416-0197.

5) NYC’s Immigrant Affairs Department provides an extensive array of legal services, city services and asylum seekers help.

6) Building owners are legally required to provide heat and hot water to their tenants. Hot water must be provided 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat must be provided between October 1 and May 31. For more info, go here.

Jobs and Financial Services

1) Filing Taxes for Free. If you earned $80k or less with dependents or $56k or less without dependents, you can file for free with Met Council Helpline. Call  212-453-9532.

2) NYC government job opportunities can be found here.

Mental and Physical Health Resources

1) All NYC-related information about COVID-19, including general vaccine and booster info, finding a testing site, free at-home COVID tests, and the latest data are all located here.

2) For NYC health information and efforts to keep New Yorkers healthy, go the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website.

3) In NYC, access to health care is a right. Enrolling in health insurance can be confusing and hard to navigate. A GetCoveredNYC Specialist from the NYC Public Engagement Unit help you navigate the process. Enroll by the 15th of the month for coverage starting on the 1st of the following month.

4) If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmedNYCWell can help. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL, Text “WELL” to 65173, or chat online.

5)  If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) provides addiction treatment and recovery services.

o   Find a OASAS provider.

o   Call OASAS’s Hopeline to find help and resources 24/7 at (877) 846-7369 or text 467369. All calls are toll-free and confidential.

6) For insurance rights and questions, call the NYS Behavioral Health Ombudsman Office (Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project – CHAMP) at (888) 614-5400 or email

National and CDC Health Information

1) CDC- Tips on Managing and Coping with Stress

2) The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center

3) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Mental Health Services

4) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Resources to Support Adolescent Health

The H.E.S. actively provides support for parents and community members. Parent Support Groups meet every Thursday at 6:30 pm, via Zoom. Mothers, fathers and caregivers come together to share experiences and support each other in raising children in our groups.

Sessions are professionally led by our Social and Disability Services Administrators. Topics help parents make informed decisions, advocate for their kids, and build meaningful connections. We currently run four different groups:

  • First Thursday of the Month: Bereavement Support
  • Second Thursday: 1st Time Young Parents
  • Third Thursday: Families with Children with Disabilities
  • Fourth Thursday: Parents of Adolescents

All families are welcome to join and no reservation is required.

For more information about our Parent Support Groups or to receive zoom access information, email or call (718) 241-3000 ext. 133 or (718) 241-3000 ext. 143.


March for Israel

Join us for the MARCH FOR ISRAEL: Tues, Nov 14 at the National Mall in Washington, DC.
🇮🇱 🇮🇱 BE THERE, BE HEARD 🇮🇱 🇮🇱
Buses are leaving from several Brooklyn JCC locations and are leaving promptly at 7 am. March is from 1 to 3 pm. Buses return at 9 pm.

Suggested donation of $25 to reserve a bus seat. Seats are limited. For more info and to reserve a bus seat here.

In partnership with Kings Bay Y and the UJA Federation of NY.

Thursday, September 7

Attorney General Letitia James along with Met Council Executive Director David Greenfield, Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse (46th district), and Councilwoman Farah Louis (45th district) joined us for our annual Rosh Hashanah Holiday food distribution from our pantry. We had a great turnout and we can’t thank our partners and community leaders enough for sharing this wonderful experience with us.

Tuesday, July 18

The H.E.S. marched alongside family, friends and community members at the 718 Walk for Life, in honor of Nico, a young artist who was killed by gun violence in 2020.

Wednesday, July 19

@shootforthestarsfdn held their annual Pop Smoke Basketball Clinic at the H.E.S during Pop Smoke Week. Bashar (Pop Smoke) Jackson was a member of the Canarsie community and the Shoot for the Stars Foundation was created, in his memory, to support and empower young people to give life their best shot and shoot for the stars!

We want to thank everyone who came out to support and participate.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

After a 4 year hiatus, the H.E.S. STREET FAIR made a come back on Sunday, June 11th. Carnival games, a bouncey house, soccer, karate demos, BBQ, live DJ, face painting, a man on stilts. What more can you ask for! So much fun!

Sunday, June 4, 2023

H.E.S. represented, celebrated and supported Israel’s 75th birthday at NYC’s Israel Day Parade! Great time was had by all.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers that joined us for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Together, we packed 200 containers of soup that were donated to senior homes and 200 care packages that were donated to two shelters. Along with the care packages, 128 clean coats were donated to those shelters, as well. Our Food Pantry packaged 55 boxes for pick up orders. Children created an “I Have a Dream” cloud in the Arts and Craft Center. We also had the opportunity to provide our community with free mammogram screenings in partnership with American Italian Cancer Center.

As a community we came together, served many people in our community and made an impact. We had a wonderful MLK Day.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities with the H.E.S., we have a robust Volunteer Program. Volunteer opportunities are open in the following departments- Food Pantry, Sports, Disability Services, After School, Early Childhood and Administrative. You can inquire about volunteer opportunities by sending an email to Please join us for future community events!


The H.E.S. has welcomed the Brooklyn community and beyond for well over a hundred years, and served thousands of individuals and their families within that time.

Please share your personal connection to the H.E.S through our new storytelling mission – H.E.S. Stories!

Whether you are new to the building and want to share the experience you’ve had with us so far, or an amazing, decades-old moment you’ve always remembered, complete the short form below to share your name and story with us.

Who knows, you might just find your story shared with the rest of our community somewhere soon!

Your H.E.S. Story

  • (Please select all that apply)
  • What impact has the H.E.S. Community Center made on your life? What is your most memorable time at the H.E.S., and why?
  • If so, please leave your best email or phone number below.

The H.E.S. is proud to provide Food Pantry services to our Brooklyn community. ALL are welcome. You must register first, before ordering.

How to Register (New Registrants):

1) Visit to begin. Click “Order Food” and choose “Sign Up”

2) Register yourself and your household members and wait to hear from your Pantry Manager

3) Once you hear from your Pantry Manager, log in at and start ordering!

4) Choose a pick-up time during Pantry hours

5) Check email for confirmation and your receipt

How to Place Your Order Using Market:

1) Visit to begin. Log in with your email address or phone number. Use PASSWORD Market@9502

2) Start shopping for items

3) When ready to place an order, click the shopping cart icon

4) Choose a pick-up time during Pantry hours

5) Check email for confirmation and receipt

H.E.S. Pantry Guidelines:

You can utilize our Food Pantry once a month. You must come at your scheduled appointment date and time.  Please understand that no boxes will be held past your appointment date.

Pick Up Days and Hours:

Mon, Wed, Thur | 9:30 am – 2 pm

Tues | 1 pm – 6 pm

Pick up of pre-ordered boxes only.

For more information about the Pantry, please email or call Ilene Stavrach at 718-241-3000 ext. 124.

In partnership with Met Council, all meals provided are Kosher certified.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP provides monthly benefits that can be used to buy food at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and some online retailers. SNAP helps millions of New Yorkers keep and supplement food on their tables.

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) can determine if you may be eligible for SNAP. H.E.S. can also help you complete and submit your application.

Contact NOEP for a free and confidential assessment of your eligibility.

For more information, contact NOEP by phone at (347) 880-2922 or email