As the omicron variant continues to spread in New York City, the Family Resource Center is committed to keeping our staff and community safe. The following 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.
  • Parenting and Community Wellness workshops. All PCW workshops will be offered virtually. To register, visit the links below on this page.

Family Resource Center Presents: Parenting @ MCC and Community Wellness Workshops

The Family Resource Center @ MCC supports the whole well-being of whole people through classes, workshops, and opportunities for growth and connection. Our philosophy of wellness includes supporting our community members’ mental and physical health, and prosperity in all areas of life. We believe that financial security, mental health, creative endeavors, and community support all contribute to helping individuals and communities thrive. Our Community Wellness Workshops reflect this philosophy and offer tools for personal and family development in a variety of areas. All are welcome to join us!

Wellness and Education Workshops

Gentle Yoga with MCC Fitness  | Tuesdays @ 8am Via Zoom

Gentle Yoga is offered in partnership with the MCC Fitness Center. This class is ideal for folks looking for a gentle, slower paced yoga experience.

Zumba® with MCC Fitness | Tuesdays @ 6pm Via Zoom

FRC community members are invited to participate in free virtual or limited in-person Zumba® classes courtesy of Manny Cantor Fitness. Each class combines high-energy music with Latin inspired moves that will leave you asking for more! Zumba® is a “feel good” workout for all levels. All FRC participants will receive a mindfulness activity prompt prior to the Zumba class to help set intention and purpose. Register below. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Financial Counseling | Wednesdays @ 3pm Via Zoom

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. To sign up, please visit the link and fill out the inquiry form here.

Family Table | Thursday, January 6 @ 4:30pm Via Zoom

A free monthly cooking workshop focusing on family nutrition that encourages healthy eating habits in young children. Children are encouraged to participate in this interactive workshop. All participants will enter a raffle for great prizes and the first ten registrants will receive a free bag of ingredients. This is a virtual workshop via Zoom and will be recorded.

Music and Art | Wednesday, January 19 @ 4PM Via Zoom

This month’s free workshop will combine a fun, interactive music experience and art exercises that will inspire and soothe a busy mind designed for children under the age of six. This workshop is free for all and will be available via Zoom.

Cooking with Kenya | Friday, January 28 @ 9:30am Via 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, January 5 @ 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) | January 5 & 19 @ 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, January 19 @ 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 and Peter 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.

Drop In Services – No Appointment Needed

SNAP Benefit Support | Tuesdays @ 10AM

The FRC is pleased to offer support to those who need assistance obtaining SNAP benefits. This service is available in person and via Zoom.

NYLAG Legal Support

Our partners at New York Legal Associate Group will provide free legal information consultations remotely by appointment. Please email to inquire.