The Byways and Hedges Church is known throughout the community for its efforts in addressing violence prevention, immigration reform, youth empowerment, domestic violence, spiritial care and crisis intervention.

On August 5th sometime between 9:30PM and 10:00PM, a fire damaged the building at 846 Utica ave., Brooklyn that housed the churc;s youth ministry and other services, such as Community Concerns Network Inc., Immigrants Responding to Crisis and The Real Life Times Community Newspaper.

As a result, the church’s Jamaican-Born Founder and President, The Reverend Dr. Terry Lee, who has been serving the community for more than 20 years, is now left without an office.