As a multi-service settlement house founded in 1895 and focused on the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Hudson Guild's mission is to create and sustain a strong, effective community that acknowledges and responds to the potential, achievements and interdependence of its diverse members.
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Executive Director: Christopher Hanway
10-25 41st Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
The mission of Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is to build and strengthen the underserved communities of Western Queens and act as a catalyst for change. Riis Settlement is a community-based non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults, seniors, and families of Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods. Founded at the end of the 19th century by the pioneering Danish-American social reformer for whom it is named and based in Long Island City since 1950, the organization provides resources, opportunities and support to help community members reach their greatest potential and achieve success in work, education, and civic life. Riis Settlement currently has three main focuses of programming: the Riis Academy for Youth, Senior Services, and Immigrant Services, serving over 500 individuals each day across five campuses. Offerings range from afterschool and summer programs for young people to English-language classes and free legal services for the area’s growing immigrant population, to nutritious communal meals and comprehensive case management for older adults.