The Legacy Center is relentless about moving people forward to achieve their ultimate potential. The Legacy Center fights to see individuals change for life and not just for the moment: To live Life on Purpose; To take every step with intention; To help people create a Legacy that their kids will want to copy.
THE LEGACY CENTER’S HISTORY
The Legacy Center Community Development Corporation’s (TLC) inception dates back to 1996, when the Senior Pastor of Christ Tabernacle, Michael Durso, and church members began collaborating with community organizations to provide gifts for children whose parents were incarcerated and backpacks to local students whose parents were struggling financially. In 2010, after 13 years of continual service to an undeserved community, TLC became a separate 501(c)(3) (not-for-profit). Under the leadership of newly appointed CEO, Jordan Durso, TLC committed to serving its neighbors and surrounding community through acts of compassion, justice, community service and intentional leadership development. Jordan quickly began transitioning the outreach programs away from Christ Tabernacle and expanded TLC’s service areas to include all of New York City. Since then, TLC has:
Increased the amount of support provided to elementary schools by establishing a network that would collaborate with TLC administrators on mutually beneficial goals. TLC provides backpacks, supplies and winter gear for needy, at-risk students.
Successfully engaged NYC certified teachers and professionals to bring affordable or no cost tutoring, State Test Preparation and Summer Enrichment to elementary aged students and workshops for parents to keep them informed and engaged in their child’s education and future.
Leased a warehouse and leveraged partnerships with corporate donors to provide resources and supplies to community members via outreach programs, community based initiatives and THE MARKETPLACE (a space where community members receive pantry items and housewares).
Established SERVICE as a core value. Volunteerism and community service have since become an integral part of the day-to-day operations at TLC; people of all abilities are welcome to serve.
Delivered effective disaster relief to NYC. On the day after Superstorm Sandy struck the shores of this city, TLC staff began to provide emergency relief to affected New Yorkers. In collaboration with K.I.D.S., Hand of Hope, Operation Blessing, and God’s Pit Crew) TLC was able to provide relief, supplies, furniture and rebuilding services throughout Sandy-impacted neighborhoods.
Launched an innovative health fair outreach. With the support of community stakeholders: government agencies, elected federal officials, corporations, Non-Profits and a celebrity chef. TLC provided health education and screenings for thousands of participants. To highlight the benchmark success, several Healthcare leaders and the Senior Pastor at Christ Tabernacle published a White Paper “Partnership Among A Faith-Based Organization and Community” written by Aponte, Judith DNSc, RN, CCM, CDE, APHN-BC; Cruz, Henry BA; Arce, Samuel MD, FAAFP; Durso, Rev Michael, and published in the Holistic Nursing Practice: May/June 2013, Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 162-167.
Opened a Marketplace, where each week community members receive pantry items, housewares, and good free of charge. In addition, program participants are connected with additional agencies and resources that will address the causes of poverty.
Launched initiatives #55OnTheStreet, Feed Somebody Mondays, and Legacy Lunch Dates, to combat hunger and homelessness and connect individuals experiencing hunger, homelessness and lack of community to resources and services that would lead them to a place of independence. Each week groups of volunteers deliver hope, humanity and meals to an underserved community of people.
The Legacy Center relaunched education programs for students in 5th - 8th grades, offering tutoring and enrichment programming for children during Out-Of-School Time.