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Our History

Located in East Flatbush, Brooklyn in New York, Reverend Terry Lee established Community Concerns Network Inc (CCN) on August 12, 2005 as the community-based outreach division of his church Byways & Hedges Youth For Christ Ministry. While the church seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our communities, CCN focuses on the basic everyday needs that necessitate human survival and the health and safety of our families and our nation.

Community Concerns Network (CCN) is a not-for-profit community-based organization that works under a close strategic partnership with the ByWays and Hedges Youth for Christ Ministry Inc. Conceived from a commitment to helping diverse constituencies, CCN was established by Reverend Terry Lee in August 2005 and serves as the nexus between New York City, State, and Federal agencies and the communities that seek their essential resources and services. Together with these agencies and through other long-term collaborations, CCN has been at the forefront, providing intervention and informational services to all age groups within the community, including assistance with domestic violence, housing, food and clothing, immigration, natural disasters, and much more.  We also offer programming and activities focused on youth empowerment and training, seminars, and workshops and general community wellness.


Reverend Terry Lee is a minister and former undocumented immigrant called to serve all the community.   Through its relationship with the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies, CCN provides meaningful assistance to immigrant communities and with the establishment of legal clinics on immigration issues, has helped thousands of undocumented individuals and families find their way to responsible citizenship or legitimate residency.  Over time, CCN’s position as a credible institution has deepened in the immigrant community.  Known as a user-friendly resource center where community members can comfortably access information without fear of being placed in removal proceedings because they are unlawful immigrants, many immigrants have turned to the organization for clarity and information about initiatives that they disregard, such as the Census, COVID19 Vaccination and other health and wellness programs. 


Over the years, through its anti-violence work with the NYPD and other law enforcement, government, and community agencies, CCN has assisted thousands of youths and families affected by gang and domestic violence. Enhancing public safety and empowering community members, creates responsible citizens. As such, CCN is committed to developing programs that foster more open and authentic communication between police and community and to educating and informing communities about the importance of working with the police. The annual Unity Walk creates an atmosphere of harmony and inspiration where civilians can interact with the police on a more casual basis, setting the stage for basic human commonalities to replace fear and ignorance. This coordinated approach to unfettered dialog helps build confidence in local law enforcers, promotes harmony, and makes communities less vulnerable to crime, thus effecting change and helping to prevent criminal activities from occurring within our communities. With safer communities, residents become more invested in their neighborhoods, leading to job creation, and ultimately improving the quality of life in our communities.


CCN’s dedication to the human condition has no boundaries. Factors such as food and clothing, housing, health and wellness, education, job and career readiness, and other issues deeply impact our communities and affect the way they live their everyday lives. CCN regularly distributes food supplies and other necessities and works in conjunction with local businesses and private entities as well as city agencies and clergy to facilitate the necessary support and meet those basic needs. In addition, we partner with business owners and prospecting provide services that build more healthy, more educated, and productive communities.

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