The Family Center

About The Family Center

The Family Center was born from the vision of four women who, while working at the NYC Department of Social Services, saw a gap in services pertaining to the needs of families affected by HIV/AIDS. Little was being done to prepare the children for death, mourning and rebuilding their lives. With these families in mind, The Family Center was founded in 1994 to give children a secure future. By providing comprehensive legal and social services under one umbrella, The Family Center’s mission was to stabilize families and to help them cope with the implications and gravity of their health situation.

A lot has changed since 1994; individuals can now live longer lives with carefully treated HIV/AIDS. The Family Center also realized through research and evaluation that our model of offering comprehensive services strengthens families experiencing other hardships, not just parental illness. As such, the scope of services offered by our agency has continued to evolve. We now offer a unique combination of social and legal services, including health care and wellness programs, to New Yorkers struggling with a family crisis or loss. Though the conditions of hardship change, we are focused on staying with our client families every step of the way, promoting long-term family stability.

1991 to 1995

Robin Hood helps The Family Center acquire 5th floor space at 66 Reade Street in Manhattan
Creation of The Family Center as a program of the Medical and Health Research Association of NYC, Inc. (now Public Health Solutions)
Ivy Gamble Cobb works with colleagues to found The Buddy Program
1996 to 2000

The Family Center is incorporated and receives its independent not-for-profit status
The Family Center begins its Consumer Outreach Program which involves clients more directly in agency programming (This group later becomes the Consumer Advisory Committee.)
2001 to 2005

Robin Hood Foundation helps The Family Center add play therapy and mirror “observation” rooms
The Family Center provides assistance to families facing loss as a result of the World Trade Center attacks
Our Brooklyn office opens in Bedford-Stuyvesant
The Family Center celebrates 10 years of service
2006 to 2010

The Family Center is proud to welcome Ivy Gamble-Cobb as the new Executive Director
Susan G. Komen for the Cure honors TFC as Grantee of the Year
TFC is featured in the nationally-syndicated Parade Magazine and on the local ABC News Channel 7
The TCC Group cites The Family Center for exceptional sustainability
2011 to 2015

Ivy Gamble Cobb is featured on NY1 as “New Yorker of the Week”
Research shows that after 18 months of receiving TFC services, client families and their children experience fewer hospitalizations
The Family Center opens The Irene LeeKong Institute for Health & Wellness in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
2014 marks The Family Center’s 20th Anniversary serving families as a NYC nonprofit. At TFC Turns 20! on October 16th, we celebrated this momentous occasion with Board, Leadership Council, staff, clients, volunteers and donors.
2016 to Present

The Family Center joins two NYC Children’s Health Homes as a Care Management Agency.
With support from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Cummings Memorial Fund, The Family Center launches a trauma-informed care initiative to provide critical services to children and families impacted by trauma.


Front Desk Receptionist

July 2019 Wisconsin Rapids, WI
“I love the staff, especially the volunteer coordinator. She helped me with everything and connected me to a lot of people and awesome opportunities.”
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