HASC Opens New State-of-the-Art Center in Brooklyn

Community leaders and elected officials attended a recent groundbreaking event for the new, state-of-the-art 45,000 square foot campus of the HASC – Hebrew Academy for Special Children Center in Brooklyn. Whole story

By Yehudit Garmaise

Community members and elected officials came together proudly last Sunday as hundreds gathered to celebrate the start of construction at 120 Avenue M in Brooklyn, where a new, expanded operations center and the HASC Center Campuses will be [soon] support.

For half a century, Hebrew Academy for Special Children has served people with special needs, providing care and services to thousands of children, adults and their families in homes and buildings throughout Brooklyn. The tireless founder and CEO of the HASC Center, Mr. Shmiel Kahn dreamed of creating a centralized location to streamline and unite the plethora of services provided by HASC. At Sunday’s well-attended community event, the Breaking Ground, Building Futures shovels hit the ground running to make Mr. Kahn’s dreams come true.

US Representative Yvette Clarke, new york comptroller Tom DiNapoliAssembly Members Simha Eichenstein, Steven Cymbrowitz, Helen Weinsteinand Brian CunninghamNew York Controller Brad Landercity ​​council members Kalman Yeger and Rita Josephand Boro Park Joel EisdorferSenior Advisor to Mayor Adams, were just some of the community leaders who came out on Sunday to celebrate HASC’s fresh start.

NYPD Inspector Richie Taylor, Simon Sebagof the office of NYC Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams, Passover Osinafrom the office of the NYC Council Speaker Adrian Adams, Pinny Hikind representing City Comptroller Brad Lander and Community Council 12 District Manager Spitz with berries also came out to launch HASC’s new project.

The new campus, a state-of-the-art, one-block facility that will span 45,000 square feet and rise three stories high on Avenue M between McDonald and East 2nd Avenue, which HASC President Abe Eisner calls it, “the perfect location to serve Brooklyn’s special needs community – right in the heart of our community, between Boro Park and Flatbush.”

Expressing his gratitude on behalf of HASC leaders and families, Eisner called Sunday’s attendance of 200 elected officials, community leaders and friends who joined the event to share the celebration and lend their support “absolutely overwhelming.”

With the incredible growth of the burgeoning frum community in Brooklyn, Heshy Kahn, the executive director of HASC’s diagnostic and treatment center, explained that the need for expanded services for people with developmental and physical disabilities has also increased.

“Our new facility will provide internal medicine, dermatology, podiatry, neurology, dentistry, speech therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry and a special focus on women’s health – all streamlined and located under one roof,” Kahn explained.

The services our community relies on, such as Com/Day-Habs, will continue to provide each individual with the highest level of care and professionalism: all in one central and convenient location. »

The consolidation of HASC’s programs into a single facility includes the relocation of the Blanche Kahn Medical Center, named in honor of HASC’s legendary founder. Along with her husband, Max (Mordechai) Kahn OB”M, the family led a true chesed revolution in the Jewish community.

“We have spent years and years preparing and working for this day, and together with Siyata D’shmaya, we have overcome many obstacles,” said Kahn, who has dedicated his life to the growth of the HASC Center. “We are excited to begin building the structure from which we will provide thousands of people in our community with the professional and loving care they need.”

While the leaders of the HASC center, Avi Sacks, Hadassa Halberd and Yehuda Meir Horowiczthe more delighted all HASC staff are with the expansion plans, no one is more grateful for HASC’s new building than the parents of the people who are served.

“This is a game-changer for our entire community and a beacon of hope for families like ours,” said Chanie, whose daughter Chavy was born 10 years ago with Down syndrome and other conditions requiring medical attention. constant care. “HASC has always been able to meet our needs, but the transfer between many different care centers is very difficult. The idea that HASC will soon be able to meet all our needs under one roof will save us so much time and energy will be so much easier for parents of children with special needs.

On Avenue M, expanded vocational training programs will provide training and prepare HASC members to enter the workforce. In addition, after a day filled with programming, treatments and stimulating activities, the clients of the HASC Center will benefit from the “respite centers” provided for in the new building, specially designed for rest, leisure and relaxation. Beautiful therapy and sensory rooms filled with “magical lighting, bubble towers, and plush beanbags” will provide the perfect environments in which therapists can “use whatever tools necessary to facilitate their clients’ progress.”

Sunday’s groundbreaking was ‘a wonderful way to celebrate HASC’s 50th anniversary,’ rabbi says Chaim David Zwiebelthe executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, who added that for decades visiting HASC, he remains “awed and fascinated by the variety of heartfelt service the organization lovingly provides.

“With its new state-of-the-art facilities, HASC will be able to take things to a whole new level: literally, mei’chayil el choyil, from strength to strength!”

Ezra Friedlanderwho hosted Sunday’s groundbreaking, called HASC’s new campus “the jewel in Brooklyn’s crown.”

“HASC is a home of love, life and laughter,” said Friedlander, who praised HASC’s “culture of care and compassion, generosity and perseverance.”

“We are looking forward to Hanukah Habayis,” Freidlander said with a smile.