Family Resource Center is committed to keeping our staff and community safe. Some of our services will be virtual until further notice:
  • Family Resource Center Care Manager appointments. Our Care Managers will provide virtual appointments via phone or Zoom. Appointments can be made by filling out our online inquiry form here.

Family Resource Center Presents: Parenting and Community Wellness Workshops

The Family Resource Center (FRC) at MCC is a welcoming community space that offers something for every family in Lower Manhattan. From wellness workshops to parenting support, free legal advice to a boutique of free children’s clothing, the FRC is a hub of holistic services accessible to all members of the community. Our team is ready to help connect families to a range of resources and services and no question or request is too big or too small. Whether you drop into one of our cooking classes or schedule time to meet with one of our trained care professionals, you can expect to feel seen, respected, and welcomed. No matter why you come or how often you come back, the FRC is a place where every family belongs.

Community Wellness

Mindful Art (Adults) | Friday, July 8 @ 9:30AM In-person at MCC

Experience art as a healing modality. Our mental health and art staff will team up to create a safe space for stress reducing creativity. This is an adult’s only group that meets in-person. Vaccination is required for all participants. *A maximum of 10 participants.

Cooking with Kenya | Wedneday, June 29 @ 9:30pm at Essex Market or Zoom

A free, monthly, in-person interactive cooking workshop where participants prepare nutritious, creative plant-based recipes. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in self-care, mindfulness practices that support healthy eating habits, and will receive $6 in Essex Market Bucks for their participation. There will also be raffle prizes at the end of each workshop! This workshop is in-person and will be recorded and streamed live on Zoom.

Prenatal and Parenting Workshops

Please note: Class dates and times are subject to change with notice. We will confirm your registration via email the week of your class session.

How to Breastfeed Naturally with Andrea Syms-Brown of Baby in the Family | Wednesday, July 6 @ 5pm Via Zoom 

This interactive class helps expectant parents understand how breast feeding actually works. During the class, expectant parents will learn how to attach baby to breast, various feeding positions and techniques to help baby get as much milk as possible. Mainly the side lying, football and cradle holds are explored, all of which are highly important to new parents. Partners gain a deeper sense of how breastfeeding really works and how to be helpful!

Breastfeeding Lime (Support Circle) | Wednesday, July 6 & 20 @ 2pm Via Zoom

Here you will find a free, safe and friendly space to meet other nursing families and get answers about your Breastfeeding and pumping concerns.

Newborn Care with Andrea Syms-Brown of Baby in the Family | Wednesday, July 20 @ 5pm Via Zoom

This class offers an interactive look at care routines for newborn babies. You will receive a password protected link to stream a filmed version of the workshop where all demonstrations feature real families and their newborn babies. The video covers a number of daily routines and preparation for the initial stages of newborn care. In addition to the detailed video, you will be invited to join Andrea live on Zoom, for an in-depth discussion of the topics shown, as well as an opportunity to ask all of your questions. This workshop has been met with enthusiasm over the past 2 decades and is designed to give you the confidence to embrace this new phase of life with joy, ease, and a sense of humor.

Community Resources and Support

Financial Counseling with Neighborhood Trust | Wednesdays @ 3PM

We have partnered with Neighborhood Trust to offer financial counseling services to anyone interested in planning for a strong financial future. All services are free and offered virtually.

NYLAG Legal Support Van | Monday, July 11 @ 10AM at MCC

Our partners at New York Legal Associate Group will provide free legal information consultations in their van in front of the Manny Cantor Center. Please email kcampbell@mannycantor.org to inquire. 

Computer Lab Hours with Candoo Tech | Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 12 PM – 4PM & Computer Lab Classes | Mondays & Fridays | 1PM

Visit our Computer Lab for access to free WiFi, access to a computer and programs, and free computer courses available to any in the community who needs them.

SNAP Benefit Support | M-F @ 9AM-5PM

The FRC is pleased to offer support to those who need assistance obtaining SNAP benefits. This service is available via phone or email. Please reach out to resourcecenter@mannycantor.org to inquire.