Not only does a tree grow in Brooklyn, it grows at Our Sisters’ Place, a loving and nurturing residence for expectant and young mothers up to 21 years of age who are in foster care.

Located in Brooklyn, the program serves pregnant and parenting foster children from throughout LSSNY’s service area.

Thanks to a grant from the New York City Mayor’s Fund, on behalf of the Building Healthy Communities initiative, we launched a nutrition program to teach parents about food and nutrition so they can build lifelong healthy food habits, become familiar with how to prepare food, and learn about the importance of a nutritious diet.

The garden at Our Sisters’ Place is thriving and yielding bounty.

Says Director Cordel Mclean, “We are currently growing cabbage, tomatoes, jalapeños, mint, parsley, cucumbers and a few other delightful items. We have a peach tree as well. Our corn did not make it but we will try again in the warmer months.” 

“Thank you for your leadership, Corel McLean, Margarita Marriaga, and Rachel Bleecker! You have made Our Sisters’ Place a vibrant place to grow and blossom!”

—Kerron Norman, MSW, Chief Program Officer, LSSNY