Beraca Community Development Corporation’s Haiti Earthquake Memorial Service and Award Ceremonyby Representative Hakeem S. Jeffries
Posted on 2016-01-11
of new york
in the house of representatives
Monday, January 11, 2016
Mr. JEFFRIES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in celebration of Beraca
Community Development Corporation (BCDC). In 2010, BCDC's mission to
rebuild, repair and restore the lives of the disadvantaged led them to
Haiti after the tragic 7.0 magnitude earthquake. On January 10, 2016,
this year's awardees were honored at Beraca Baptist Church in Brooklyn,
NY, for their invaluable service.
BCDC opened offices in the towns of Leogane, Cabaret, Jeremie and Cape, Haiti where BCDC volunteer efforts are wide-reaching. The corporation travels to Haiti several times a year and since its conception has returned over 50 times in an effort to improve the lives of others. BCDC also provides microloans to help support local small businesses, employs over 400 individuals through a taxi company and equips teachers with resources to improve the lives of Haitian youth.
At this year's Beraca Community Development Corporation's Haiti Earthquake Memorial Service and Award Ceremony, 4 dynamic individuals were recognized for their outstanding work, Mackenzie Pier, New York City Leadership Center was the recipient of the Awareness and Mobilization Award, Michael Scales, Nyack College was the recipient of the Excellence in Education Award, Marie-Yolaine Toms, Community2Community was the recipient of the Community Development Award and Michael Fromer, Millennium Capital Resources was the recipient of the Philanthropic Services Award. I commend these honorees for their commitment to serving others.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that you and my other distinguished colleagues join me in celebrating the Beraca Community Development Corporation's Haiti Earthquake Memorial Service and Award Ceremony and these 4 great honorees.