The Open Door

At The Open Door, ABC’s family resource center for the East Harlem community located at Echo Park, isolated and destitute parents are given instruction in English as a Second Language; work toward receiving their General Equivalency High School diploma; participate in literacy, financial, parenting skills, nutrition, fitness, and job training workshops; and take part in trauma, torture, and domestic violence support groups.

These programs not only benefit the parents directly, allowing them to form social connections, build job and life skills, and improve confidence, but they also contribute immensely to the well-being of their young children raised by parents who are now imbued with a sense of worth and equipped with the tools that will make them better parents. The Open Door also makes available resources such as legal advocacy, medical screenings and treatment for chronic illnesses like diabetes and asthma, guidance in applying for citizenship, and assistance in obtaining entitlements such as housing subsidies and food stamps.