The Legacy Center Community Development Corporation wasn’t developed over night. Thirteen years of continual service to underserved communities lead to the development of an independent 501c(3) in 2010.
In 1996 Christ Tabernacle’s Prison Fellowship and members of the church began collaborating with Angel Tree to buy 100 + Christmas gifts for children whose parent were incarcerated each year.
In 2007, Christ Tabernacle began reaching out to public elementary schools in Bushwick (at the time, one of the poorest communities in Brooklyn) to provide students with new backpacks filled with school supplies for the year.
In 2008, Reverend Michael Durso and Adam Durso of Christ Tabernacle church convened a vision retreat to explore how the church could expand their neighborhood outreach efforts beyond the walls of the church. At the end of the retreat participants conceived The Legacy Center Community Development Corporation, a separate 501(c)(3) (not-for-profit), that would commit to loving its neighbors and surrounding community by providing acts of compassion, justice, community service and intentional leadership development.
In 2009, while filing for the creation of a new 501(c)(3) organization, Christ Tabernacle expanded its outreach by partnering with Urban Impact, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, Urban Youth Workers Institute, and Nyack College.
In 2010, The Legacy Center Community Development Corporation (TLC) was officially established and Jordan Durso was appointed the Executive Director/CEO. As CEO he began transitioning the outreach programs away from Christ Tabernacle and expanding TLC’s service areas to include Glendale, Ridgewood, and East New York.
TLC increased support to the Bushwick elementary schools to include winter gear in addition to backpacks and school supplies, Volunteers became an integral part of the day to day operations, a Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas show became permanent events on the annual calendar. TLC closed its first year in operation by hosting its first Gala honoring Mariano Rivera for his efforts in building a better future for children.
In March 2011, TLC officially opened its office doors at 61-16 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, Queens, New York. TLC prepared to launch Development Programs by conducting Educational Think Tanks and ultimately launching 6 week Tutoring Programs for 3rd and 4th graders that received promotion in doubt notices and a GED program. TLC continues to expand its educational programming for learners of all ages.
In August 2012, TLC leased a warehouse and began a warehouse program where corporate partners provide resources and supplies for program participants. Housing donated resources and a fleet of trucks the warehouse has become an integral part of TLC’s operations.