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Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation


Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation was established in 1999. The organization serves the NYCHA community in Far Rockaway, which is home to more than 10,000 residents in 3,576 apartments in 60 buildings on five campuses, all within a four-mile stretch of Far Rockaway.

OBCDC has provides “wrap-around” social services to residents in NYCHA housing and develops resources to revitalize and transform the community including work with seniors and youth. Work with older adults includes computer training, access to senior services, and transportation to local doctor’s appointments, community services, and activities.


Alyssa  is a confident and articulate college senior, who is currently studying Social Work at Hunter College.  So, to hear her say that she was extremely shy when she first began her involvement with QCH is surprising. “I had the most wonderful mentor here at QCH, who helped me to grow and break out of my shell,” Alyssa explains.

It’s a good thing that she’s broken out of her shell, since her job as program assistant for QCH’s NICE (Neighborhood Intergenerational Chore and Errand) Program, requires Alyssa to be in communication with the student employees that she supervises as well as the frail older adults who are served by the program.

“What I love about working at QCH is that I know I am helping to make a difference in the lives of young people and seniors, and I am building relationships that matter.  I benefitted so greatly from QCH programs like the college preparedness programs, where I received crucial information about navigating the financial aid and college application process and different scholarship opportunities.  It is a pleasure and an honor for me to pass on my knowledge and experience and to be able to mentor other students,” she explains.

Alyssa’s experience working with older adults at QCH has influenced her future career goals.  Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus in geriatrics.

via Queens Community House