"We want to create a healthy and nurturing space where the community comes together to learn and grow, develop and train...A place where art and culture converge, the talents and dreams of our visitors are nurtured and the possibilities unleashed. We're all about building vibrant, sustainable programs and projects that transform our neighborhoods!"
Jeanette Puryear, President & CEO - MBSCC and the Andrew Freedman
“….Mr. Freedman saw and meant to meet with his beneficence the need of a neglected, and too often overlooked class of persons whose prosperous past, whether due to inheritance, good fortune, or individual effort, made it emotionally difficult for them to face dire reduced circumstances brought by “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” to the caustic comments that this Home stood withdrawn within the sacred enclosure of its well-appointed grounds as a symbol of ostentation and callous indifference to the multitudes of allegedly low-born needy”. -Quote from Mr. Charles Henry Wenhold (1949)
Long History as a Luxurious Home for the Elderly
The Renaissance Palazzo styled Andrew Freedman functioned as a beautiful respite for the elderly for 59 years where couples and seniors lived out their twilight years in delightful charm and elegance. Delicious meals served in the grand ballroom, card games in the drawing room, afternoon tea in the garden, reclining with a classic novel in the Freedman's exquisite library, these were all semblance of the luxe life of the building's residents during its hey day.
From 1985-2007, MBSCC sponsored and managed an Adult Residential Facility at the Andrew Freedman. At its peak, 130 seniors lived here until escalating costs forced the Home to close, but the Andrew Freedman continued to be used for other community focused projects.
A New Vision for the Andrew Freedman - A Complex of Initiatives
The Andrew Freedman is expanding into a new and exciting destination for art, culture, learning and creativity. There is a revitalizing vision for the opulent space, where multiple initiatives are being launched to further engage the community and cement Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council's role as a relevant social force.
"We are committed to creating a fresh vision for the Andrew Freedman as a destination for artistic and cultural exchange, a hub of learning and creativity that engages our community by bringing exciting, interactive programs to the people of the Bronx," says Jeanette Puryear, President & CEO of MBSCC. "Our aim is to maintain an open and welcoming space for all community residents. We will continue to provide much needed social services, while incorporating innovative, artistic programming into our event schedule. Local artists can work along side established artists. Young people can learn about media arts and 'going green'; adults can become well trained in a variety of high growth industries, learn how to develop small businesses and continue their education," Puryear adds.