Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

– 1 Peter 3:8

Our Affiliates

Abyssinian Development Corporation

Chartered by a group of volunteers led by the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, ADC is a nationally recognized non-profit community development corporation dedicated to building the human, social and physical capital of Harlem. ADC accomplishes this by increasing the availability of quality affordable housing; delivering human services, particularly to the homeless, elderly, families and children; fostering economic revitalization; enhancing educational opportunities for youth; and building community capacity through civic engagement. Its initiatives have added over 1,250 new housing units, 1,000 new jobs, and public schools serving more than 1,000 students in Harlem.

Blue Nile Passage, Inc.

Invoking the name of the major Ethiopian tributary to the great Nile River, Blue Nile Passage is one of the largest and most successful rites-of-passage programs in the country. Its mission is to promote the spiritual, cultural, and moral character development of youth of African descent in the NY tri-state area.

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change

A New York City public school serving students in grades 6-12, the Academy seeks to prepare students and families to meet the challenges of colleges, universities and the twenty-first century work force. This is accomplished via programs incorporating parental involvement, and collaborative efforts with Central Harlem institutions, organizations, and resources.

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School

A New York City public school serving students, K-5, TMALS is a collaboration between the city’s Department of Education, Abyssinian Development Corporation and New Visions for Public Schools. Programs include an extended learning day, and a focus on arts education.

The Abyssinian Fund

Born out of a church pilgrimage to its ancestral homeland in commemoration of its 200th anniversary, The Aby Fund is a non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to reducing poverty in Ethiopia by partnering with farming cooperatives, community residents, and others to foster economic development, improve healthcare, education and access to clean water. In the country that is the birthplace of coffee, the Aby Fund trains and equips farmers to grow great quality coffee, thus using the indigenous crop as a means to empower families and transform communities.

Youth on the Move in the Community

A non-profit organization that utilizes organized sports and educational programs (football, basketball, karate, cheerleading, after school tutoring and computer training) to improve the physical and intellectual fitness of the youth (6-18 years of age) of our community equipping them with beneficial life skills, developmental skills and other personal strengths such as teamwork, self-confidence, strategic thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, discipline, leadership and goal setting.