Homecrest Community Services (HCS) was founded in 1997 through the efforts of Luther Mook and Roland Hill, both dedicated community advocates residing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Recognizing the urgent and unmet needs of the rapidly growing, underserved Asian-American population in the area, HCS sought to provide essential social, health, and resource services.
Partnering with the Homecrest Presbyterian Church, HCS established its first Community and Senior Center, which has been a trusted resource for over 20 years, serving an average of 100 to 200 walk-ins daily. This center quickly became an anchor in the community, known for its valuable assistance and social services.
In 2004, HCS expanded to Bensonhurst, opening a satellite older adult center to address the unmet needs of Chinese immigrants in the neighborhood. This move was essential in providing culturally competent programming and services closer to those who needed it. Through competitive processes, HCS's Bensonhurst center received funding from the New York City Department for the Aging in 2013, becoming the first Asian American neighborhood older adult center in Brooklyn to do so.
As HCS continues its mission, it remains a trusted and essential resource for older adults and immigrants in Brooklyn, providing support and assistance for over two decades.