The Northeastern Conference Adventist Community Services (NECACS) Center was established on April 9, 1972 after months of hard work and thousands of dollars expended. Appointed by the late Elder George Earle, the late Conference president, to direct was the late Elder Samuel James (director) and Mattie Johnson (co-director). Over 31 years the NECACS Center made tremendous contributions to the felt needs of the people of Corona; however, in 2003 the NECACS Center was closed due to budgetary constraints.
On June 17, 2013 the NECACS Center was re-established by the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrators: Dr. Daniel Honore (President), Dr. Oswald Euell (Executive Director), and Elder Edson Bovell (Treasurer). Dr. W. Fitzgerald Kerr, NEC Adventist Community Services Departmental director was also instrumental in reopening the doors of the Center.
OUR MISSION & GOALS
The NECACS Center is the humanitarian arm of the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NEC). Our mission is “to serve the less fortunate and the hurting using Christ’s Method”. This mission is realized through the implementation of several services designed to the meet our clients and customers’ felt needs. Our goals have been to broaden our scope of community services, build collaborative partnerships, and create healthier families and communities; and our objectives are:
- To feed 1000 people weekly and equip them with the necessary skills to move beyond food pantry
- To demonstrate and teach our clients and volunteers of Christ’s love through ministries of compassion
- To provide support for our clients affected by substance abuse
- To be able to provide accommodations and programs for domestic violence victims
- To build a healthier community through health screenings, health education and nutritional counseling
The NECACS Center has maintained a strong partnership with Food Bank for New York City to meet the needs of thousands of people who are hungry. Over the past four years, we have built partnerships that have played an integral part in fulfilling our mission. These partnerships are with the following agencies and humanitarian organizations: Food Bank for New York City, New York Cares, New York City Human Resources Administration, New York Food Assistance Collaborative, Northeastern Conference Women's Ministries Department, Panera Bread, Queens Center for Progress, Trader Joe’s, United Way of New York City, and We Speak New York. In addition, we have maintained a strong partnership with the following churches: Goshen SDA Church Women's Ministry Department and Linden SDA Church Men's Ministry Department.
For more information about our organization, Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, please visit www.northeastern.org.
April 17, 1972
In this photo (L-R): the late Mattie Johnson (former co-director, NEC Adventist Community Services Center), the late Elder Earle George (former president), and the late Elder Samuel James (former director, NEC Adventist Community Services Center)
June 17, 2013
L - R: Dr. W. Fitzgerald Kerr (director, former NEC Adventist Community Services director), Dr. Daniel Honore (president, NEC), Elder Ted Wilson (president, General Conference), and Dr. Oswald Euell (Executive Secretary, NEC)
Dr. W. FITZGERALD KERR