BROOKLYN - A homeless prevention center is open to Brooklyn families who may need some help.

The center, run by the organization Catholic Charities, has been operating for a year, but was just officially named after and dedicated to Dr. Elizabeth Lutas, a longtime supporter of the organization.

Dr. Lutas says the center is truly a blessing for the community.

The center focuses on keeping families together any way they can, using methods such as counseling and helping them receive government assistance.

Workers say they have helped about 800 Brooklyn families in just the past year. Their mission is far from over, though, and they say their doors are open for any residents in need of a helping hand.