In these trying times, a successful effort to make a positive difference in the community is no less than a miracle. So when an honoree at Miracle Makers’ 6th Annual Men’s Day Celebration continuously referred to the 31-year-old nonprofit social service organization as “miracle workers”, it was understandable.
This summer (July 23), at their Gates Avenue headquarters, Miracle Makers, Inc., celebrated: “Men Who Make a Difference” in our community. The honorees included Miracle Makers staff members Timothy Fowler, group teacher for the organizations’ Children’s Corner Day Care Center; James Gamble, senior case manager of the Scatter Site Housing Program; and Willie M. Phillips of the Maintenance Department, who was described as “a valuable team member with unlimited potential in providing outstanding service in the Family and Children’s Service Field.” In addition to Phillips, special recognition was given to program participant Korey Daniels for his self-empowerment achievements and Jerry Jones, who, as a Kinship Resource Parent, was recognized as an “exemplary, shining example” of a foster parent.
Other honorees were: Matthew Brown, president/CEO, Big Apple Goodyear Tires; J. Zamgba Browne, Amsterdam News; Mario
Drummonds, CEO, Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc.; Colvin W. Grannum, president/CEO, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza Corp; Alonzo Hines, Concord Home Services; John Krevitt, associate director, Kings County Hospital Medical Center; The Hon. N. Nick Perry, State Assemblyman, AD 58; Fred L. Price, assistant dean of Development & Public Affairs at Medgar Evers College; Serge Rene, assistant principal, I.S. 302; The Hon. John Sampson, State Sen., Senatorial District 19; The Rev. Gary Simpson, senior pastor, Concord Baptist Church; and Albert C. Wiltshire, government relations manager, KeySpan Corporation.
Miracle Makers, Inc., is one of the largest and most successful community-based organizations led by people of color in New York City. The corporation maintains over 60 staff members, 54 programs, 32 sites and serves an estimated 3,000 children and families daily in central Brooklyn and parts of Queens. Housing, medical mental health care, foster care, adoption, counseling, education, training and recreation are some of the services the program encompasses.