Our Members

Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation

Queens

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.

Yoke Kuan

Yoke Kuan was born in Malaysia and came to the United States 14 years ago with her husband and sister. She lives on the Lower East Side and works part-time at a deli in Hoboken. After work, she takes English classes in Queens.

Yoke Kuan found UNH member Educational Alliance’s center-based child care program through street advertising and her neighbor, whose child comes to the center. Yoke Kuan has two children, ages three and four, both of whom are now enrolled in Educational Alliance’s child care program. Her children come to the center every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Yoke Kuan explained the importance of child care: “I need a safe place for my children to go while I am at work – a community where they feel at home. Without child care, I could not go to work or take English classes during the day.”

Yoke Kuan went on to describe Educational Alliance’s publicly-funded child care program: “In the program, my children learn many skills. They learn about letters and numbers, they learn about shapes, and they learn to make arts and crafts. They learn to make friends, work on teams, listen to others, and develop good manners. The child care program also helps my children with their English. This is very important because we mainly speak Chinese at home – this is the case with many of the other children’s families. Because staff members speak both Chinese and English, we are able to communicate very well.”

Yoke Kuan described how the staff members at Educational Alliance have helped her with referrals to other services, such as her English class. She also expressed happiness with the fact that Educational Alliance has programs for many age groups, which means her children can continue participating in the organization’s programs as they get older. “I hope my children will keep coming to Educational Alliance for many years. I tell all of my friends about it. My children love child care. They can’t wait to go to their program in the morning.”