Seeds For Success

Foundation for the Future

Our History

In 2017, FoMH’s founders, Pete Eikenberry and Dr. Bonnie Nuzum met with U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velàzquez and her staff to facilitate connections with Marcy Houses resident leaders and community partners. They had been inspired by a presentation delivered by Cecilia Clark, the President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, describing adverse community experiences and statistics which were negatively impacting life outcomes of the youth and families in Marcy Houses, NYCHA development. From these conversations, the idea for Friends of Marcy Houses was formed and a mission statement backed by research based program guidelines were established. A diverse board of directors was assembled. 

Marcy Houses is a New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) project built in 1949. It has 27 six-story buildings with 1,705 apartments housing 4,200 residents on 28 acres in an isolated area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In various reports, Marcy has been rated, e.g., as the third worst housing project in Brooklyn (unitedgangs.com) or second worst in the US (Newsone).

Board of Directors & Advisory Councils

President and Co-Founder

Peter Eikenberry, Esq.

Vice President and Co-Founder

Dr. Bonnie Nuzum

Executive Vice President

Erharuyi Idemudia, Esq.

Vice President​

David Siffert, Esq.

General Counsel​

Michael Valentine, ESQ

Treasurer

Mark Alpert
Secretary

Rhonda Barros

President and Co-Founder

The Honorable L. Priscilla Hall
Executive Vice President

Marjorie Smith, Esq.

Mike Armstrong

Our Programs

GARDENING TO GROW AT MARCY
MENTORING FOR SUCCESS
PROJECT CITIZEN W/JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER
DANCE INTEGRATION
COMPUTER LAB
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES
VIDEOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHY

Enrollment

The Friends of Marcy Houses Inc. provides services to children ages 10-14 that reside in the New York City Public Houses Authority, Marcy Houses. If you have a child that could benefit from any of the programs or if you have a child with special need please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you very soon. 

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