Client Stories


photo by Hanan Ohayon

When Sharon came to one of The Family Center B-SWEL free screenings in July 2011, we found that she was pre-diabetic with a dangerously high blood sugar level. Out of work with no health insurance, Sharon could not afford to follow our recommendation to see a doctor.

Working together, Sharon and the B-SWEL team made a plan. We connected Sharon to a local Brooklyn clinic providing free medical care. She enrolled in Family Center nutrition and cooking classes and started participating regularly in our walking club.

Since she has started exercising and eating right, Sharon has lost more than 60 pounds. Today she is no longer pre-diabetic. ABC Eyewitness News even featured Sharon’s story in their piece on our B-SWEL program.

“The Family Center saved my life. Without your free screening, and all your help and encouragement, I’d still be walking around with high blood sugar like a ticking time-bomb,” Sharon says. Sharon is a proud example of how teamwork between The Family Center and our clients keeps Central Brooklyn residents sustainably healthy.


photo by Ehsanul Haque

Moving from shelter to shelter in Brooklyn with a three-year-old daughter and one on the way left Ms. Calderon feeling stressed and pessimistic. Then she started working with Angelina, her Family Net caseworker, and everything changed.

According to Ms. Calderon, Angelina went “beyond the job,” providing referrals to services and shelters, helping Ms. Calderon keep her appointments with various service providers and, most importantly, offering encouragement about the future of her growing family.

Today, Ms. Calderon feels optimistic. She and her daughters, Trinity and newborn Taliyha, are thriving. “Angelina and The Family Center helped me find stability for my family,” she says.  Read more of Ms. Calderon’s story in our Annual Report.