This week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer visited the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center, one of Harlem’s leading community-based organizations dedicated to providing supportive behavioral health services.
The Bowen Center serves over 10,000 clients annually. With a staff of highly trained, culturally experienced psychologists, social workers, nurses, chemical dependency counselors, case managers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and early childhood teachers, the center offers services that include a therapeutic preschool for children with behavioral and developmental issues, programs for adults and seniors with mental health and substance abuse issues, chemical abuse outpatient programs and mental health-based services for children, adolescents and their families, as well as a twenty-bed residential chemical abuse recovery facility and a food pantry program.
“We were delighted to introduce Borough President Gale Brewer to several of our clients today,” said Patricia C. Jordan, Chair of the Board of Directors. “The Borough President took the time to speak with our clients about the issues that brought them to the Bowen Center. She celebrated their progress and encouraged them to continue on their paths. She also met with staff members to learn more about our individual programs and expressed her thanks for their commitment to helping others. It was a very engaging and fulfilling visit, and we look forward to working with the Borough President to continue the Bowen Center’s mission to enable individuals and families, regardless of age, to effectively and productively meet challenges and cope with ongoing ‘problems of living.'”The Bowen Center was the brainchild of longtime Upper Manhattan community activist Emma L. Bowen. As a social justice advocate and mental health professional Ms. Bowen worked tirelessly to help establish a community-based organization that would be committed to recognizing the dignity and humanity of those who struggle with mental health issues. In 1969, she established the nonprofit organization that would be the catalyst for the Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center, which opened its doors in 1986.
Following her death in 1996, the facility was renamed Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center in her honor. More information about the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center can be found at www.bowencsc.org..
Photo 1) Left to right: Athena Moore; Bowen Center Executive Director William Witherspoon; Gale Brewer; Food Pantry Manager Vandina St. Hilaire; Larry Fowler; Patricia Jordan; and volunteer Juan. 2) Manager Vandina St. Hilaire and Gale Brewer. 3) William Witherspoon, Patricia Jordan and Gale Brewer. 4) Dawn Miranda, Bowen Center, and Gale Brewer. 5) Charles Kellam, Gale Brewer and Athena Moore. 6) Gale Brewer meets with members of the Bowen Center’s Rainbow Clubhouse. 7) Nadine Arias and Gale Brewer. 8) Gale Brewer and Trudy Murray. 9) William Witherspoon, Larry Fowler and Gale Brewer.
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