Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

Life Lines: Finding Family through Musical Improv in Sunset Park


Please follow this link to read the in-depth write up of our Life Lines program, published by Barbara Cervone on What Kids Can  Ms. Cervone joined the Life Lines camping retreat and attended the subsequent “Connections” performance- where she spent considerable time interviewing our dedicated staff and participants. Life Lines: Finding Family through Musical Improv in Sunset Park captures Life Lines’ vibrant energy, use of social group work to engage and empower youth, camaraderie, and lasting impact on students.

“When we give students the permission to speak from their own experience instead of someone else’s words to interpret, it shows we trust them” said Julie Stein Brockway. “Improv demands that the students listen closely and support one another, that they take risks.”  “Connections—that’s what this show and Life Lines is all about- It recognizes the deep human need to feel accepted and to belong.”



NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

The Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past ten years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment through their cooperative businesses. Since 2012, CDP has been helping other community based organizations develop worker cooperatives through our NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative. With the generous support of the New York City Council, CFL will provide at least 6 months of training and technical assistance to selected “Implementer” organizations to incubate worker cooperatives in their communities.

If you would like to learn more about this Initiative, please take a look at our Request for Proposal. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 21, 2016. Information Sessions will take place on October 21st and October 31st: To learn more and RSVP, please email Rachel Isreeli at

2016 Celebrating Community

Thank you to all of the friends and community partners who were able to join our 2016 Celebrating Community event, as well as to all those who generously support our programs and services year-round! Click here to view the complete e-journal from this year’s event.

CFL in the News

YES! Magazine tells the story of Damayan Cleaning Cooperative member Judith Daluz – a survivor of human trafficking, labor exploitation and abuse at the hands of past employers, who went on to start a business with other Filipina women and is now her own boss. By supporting the growth of worker owned cooperatives like Damayan through technical assistance, valuable trainings and resources, CFL helps to empower workers who have been previously silenced and marginalized.

The Center for Family Life was recently mentioned in Forbes and the Democracy Collaborative Cities Building Community Wealth report, to highlight the importance of promoting resilient local communities by strengthening locally-rooted businesses with worker cooperatives.  Si Se Puede was specifically featured in the report to illustrate the successful Brooklyn cooperative’s positive impact on worker wages, schedule flexibility, and stability!

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