For 116 years, Union Settlement Association has worked with and for the struggling community of East Harlem. A community mainstay, they seek to foster leadership and self-sufficiency by assisting their neighbors in building better lives for themselves and their families, and serve more than 13,000 residents each year.
Queens Community House
Executive Director: Ben Thomases
108-25 62nd Drive
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Queens Community House was established in 1975 in the wake of heated confrontations that erupted over the advent of low-income housing in Forest Hills. Our initial purpose was to heal and bridge a divided neighborhood through the provision of social services, intergenerational activities, and local leadership development. Thirty-six years later, QCH remains committed to the personal growth of the people it serves and to the creation of self-reliant, open, responsible communities. Our scope has expanded to serve a multitude of interconnected "communities" throughout the borough of Queens, defined by such factors as geography, ethnicity, religion, age, and sexual orientation.
QCH today serves nearly 30,000 children, teens, adults and older adults at 20 different sites in 10 neighborhoods in Queens. Current programs include: after-school for children ages 5-12; leadership development for teens; a drop-in center for LGBTQ young people; a model street outreach program; youth workforce readiness and employment counseling; attendance improvement and drop-out prevention programs in local high schools; a transfer school for older youth and A Young Adult Borough Center; programming to help older youth complete a GED or college associate’s degree; ESOL, citizenship and adult literacy; comprehensive housing services including neighborhood preservation and homelessness/eviction prevention; five senior centers, one which serves gay and lesbian seniors; transportation services for the elderly; senior case management; and a Social Adult Day Services program.