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Massac (right)
Massac (right)
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Mireille Massac and the Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC) are on their way to making Brooklyn- and, eventually, the world- a better place.

As Public Relations Coordinator and head of the Emergency Food Pantry for the non-for-profit organization since 1992, Haitian-born Massac has big dreams for CDSC, a multi service organization founded in the mid 1970’s.

“We collaborate with many people, which expands our reach and the services that we provide to the community,” said Massac. “The community itself is changing, people are coming to us with all different types of needs now…whatever NYC is made up of, that’s basically the clients we are seeing.”

Besides its food pantry, CSDC provides childcare services through its Child Care Resource & Referral Program, runs a preventive services program for families, and a Head Start educational program, among other initiatives.

Massac has ambitious aspirations for the CDSC, which she calls “a quiet giant.” She hopes in the future the organization will be able to add more off-site locations and expands its computer lab. She also dreams of one day opening a food pantry in Haiti.

Her most immediate goal, however, is to open up a community arts center in central Brooklyn. She said CDSC plans to raise money the project at an upcoming art show on January.

“Our 2nd Annual Starving Artist Show, which is on January 22nd, involves the community coming together for a good cause,” Massac said. Last year’s event drew over 200 people. She said she hopes more people come this year.

Massac was drawn to the CDSC by its mission statement, “Building Communities by Strengthening Families,” and its history.

“When I found out about the history of the organization,” she said, “I knew I wanted to be a part of that legacy. I want to have an impact on the community.”

“The opportunity for growth here is awesome,” she added. “I’m still here seventeen years later because I’m loving what I am doing, and I still have that get up and go, vibrant energy. “

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