For 25 years Sixth Street Community Center has been committed to empowering the Loisaida community and celebrating its extraordinary diversity. The center offers programs assisting low and moderate income residents which build a fulfilling sense of community around basic needs for food, health and education. Its current goals are to (1) further the education of young people in sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health, (2) expand community supported agriculture in the neighborhood by reaching out to more low income households, and (3) strengthen food safety laws through its campaign against genetic engineering.
Yoga at the Sixth Street Community Center by Jefferson Siegel, The Villager Newspaper.
Sixth Street Community Center is a not-for-profit community based organization. It began in 1978 as a block association organized by single mothers living on East 6th Street between Avenues B and C in the Lower East Side.These neighborhood women decided to organize to transform the meager conditions they were forced to live in: streets lined with abandoned buildings, poverty, crime and despair. They made it their mission to create a better and safer community in which to raise their families. One of their first efforts was to work with the City to seal up abandoned buildings that had become vulnerable to drug trafficking and crime. When the former synagogue at 638 East 6th Street became vacant, the block association had found a home. With the support of Save The Children and other foundations, funds were raised to purchase the building and turn it into a community center.
From its beginning Sixth Street Community Center has fostered economic and community development through a variety of programs including after-school and summer camps, tenants rights and entitlement advocacy, and life skills and career development for teens. More recently, beginning in 1996, the Community Center has initiated projects that bring youth and community residents together around issues of sustainable agriculture, health and nutrition through our Community Supported Agriculture, Seeds To Supper and SOS Food programs.
- From SIXTHSTREETCENTER.ORG