After the Twin Towers catastrophe of September 11, 2001 World Vision International a non-profit Christian organization sought to provide financial resources for the establishment of small community crisis centers to help the victims of this disasters cope with the emotional, psychological, and spiritual trauma of this tragedy. Mercy an Outreach Ministry of the Bay Ridge Christian Center was selected as a sight location for this program.
One year later it was clearly evident that the effects of 9/11 were not limited only to its immediate victims but also overlapped into all facets of everyday life through the fears and uncertainty of another attack. Expressions of hate, anger, distrust, and insecurity opened an array of unresolved issues in people’s lives far from the epicenter of ground zero. Today in its progression the Healing Center has extended its counseling program to help meet the needs of the people free of any charge or obligation.
Our quest is to provide a community based counseling program that will not only provide immediate assistance but can become a primary Case Finding and Referral Agent. Our vision is to become a catalyst or a transitional bridge identifying, and meeting the needs of faith based congregants, the community, and those marginalized individuals and families that slip through the cracks of professional help.