Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Brooklyn, New York

About this nonprofit organization
The nation's first community development corporation, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's mission is to improve the quality of life for Central Brooklyn families by fostering economic self sufficiency and family stability, promoting arts and culture and transforming the neighborhood into a safe, vibrant place to live, work, and visit. Restoration was established in 1967 with the bipartisan support of Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits at a time of major inner city disinvestment and population flight. Since that time, Restoration has remained an anchor in the community and the first place residents turn for help finding a job, attaining social supports, or appreciating quality cultural performances and exhibits. Restoration has brought over $475 million in public and private investments to Central Brooklyn, placed 20,000 adults and youth in jobs and have been responsible for the construction and renovation of 2,200 units of housing. We also preserve and renew the rich cultural legacy of our community through our Center for Arts and Culture which continues to bring quality artistic instruction and performances to Central Brooklyn through our Skylight Gallery, Youth Arts Academy and residency partners the Noel Pointer Foundation, Balance Dance Theatre and Evidence Dance Company and our very own Billie Holiday Theatre.