Southside Community Mission is a non-profit organization that provides social services and advocates on behalf of the poor located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.
Since its inception, Southside Community Mission has always been extremely concerned about and involved in social and economic justice solutions for the poor, the immigrant and the disadvantaged and under-served residents of Brooklyn’s Community District I, (comprised of Williamsburg and Greenpoint) as well as its neighboring areas.
Southside Community Mission works as an advocacy agency. Defends human and civil rights, combats community deterioration (both physical and social) and eliminates prejudice and discrimination to the best of its ability.
Southside Community Mission is committed to attend social services needs to all those who walk through its doors, and advances economic empowerment by encouraging clients to move beyond poverty and towards self-sufficiency by eradicating the basis of poverty and eliminating associated barriers.
Pastor Karvelis of the Transfiguration R.C Church and its parishioners founded Southside Community Mission in 1964. It is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at the time one of the most severely impoverished areas in New York City.
A large influx of Latin American immigrants began arriving to Southside looking for jobs opportunities during those years. Pastor Karvelis began settling a shelter across the street for homeless immigrants, as well, at the rectory of the Church. Later, the Parish began to offer additional services that were most needed.
Evident needs among Latinos, who faced – and continue to face- significant social and economic barriers, included assistance in securing entitlement benefits, enrollment in local schools and general advocacy in the field of basic human services (i.e. housing, food, health needs, emergency services and assistance, etc.)
To face this needs many organizations were formed under Pastor Karvelis leadership, such as:
- Nuestros Niños Day Care Center
- Transfiguration Credit Union
- La Casa Betsaida: Pastor Karvelis established an AIDS Hospice, in a former convent, located close to the church, where the community assisted people with AIDS
- El Puente, youth organization, and other initiatives
Today, the Mission offers a full range of services. See our programs…
Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, Chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn and priest of the parish of the Transfiguration in Brooklyn, act as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Previously, Carmen Calderon and John Mulhern served in this position and left a deep sense of gratitude for their work in our community.