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.

Cooking with Kenya | Friday, September 30 @ 9:30 AM at Essex Market or 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.

Community Resources and Support

Hope Against Hate: Self-Defense Workshop | Tuesday, September 20 | 9:30 am | At MCC

We have partnered with the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living, Asian American Federation and Nonviolent Peaceforce, who will host a self-defense class where community members will learn how to protect themselves and their neighbors against hateful attacks. Conducted in Chinese. Refreshments will be provided.

Picky Eaters | Thursday, September 22 | 9:30 am | At MCC

In this workshop we will discuss how it feels to have a child who is a picky eater, ways of coping with this challenge, and strategies to encourage young children to try new foods.

Together Time with City Tech | Thursday, September 29 | 9 AM – 10:30 AM | At MCC

Join us along with our partners City Tech – New York City College of Technology for an event highlighting the importance of literacy and reading together as a family. Free book giveaways for those in attendance.

One-on-One Appointments with GOLES | Wednesdays | 10:30 AM – 12 PM | At GOLES

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization serving the Lower East Side. GOLES will provide one-on-one appointments at their site and will share about their career counseling, job placement, and housing support programs. Please reach out to to inquire.

Financial Counseling with Neighborhood Trust | Wednesdays | 3 PM

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.

In-person Tech Support | Mondays from 1 PM – 3 PM & Computer Lab Hours | Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12 PM – 4 PM | 1R

We will be offering in-person tech support! Bring your own device and come prepared with questions, or use one of ours and watch a class recording. Our tech staff will help you with troubleshooting and all tech needs. Visit our Computer Lab for access to free WiFi, access to a computer and programs available to any in the community who needs them.

SNAP Benefit Support | Monday through Friday | 9 AM – 5 PM | Via Phone or Email

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 to inquire.

Prenatal and Parenting Workshops

To view our parenting classes, visit the link here.