Queens Community House
Rating: 4.92 stars 12 12 reviews 925
108-25 62 Drive Forest Hills NY 11375 USA
Queens Community House is committed to the personal growth of the diverse people it serves and to the creation of self-reliant, open, responsible communities. Established in the settlement house tradition, it embodies the core belief that all persons can and want to grow and that all can contribute. Through broad-based, innovative leadership, it offers programs and services which help all people improve their lives and work together to strengthen their communities. Queens Community House is more than a social service provider: it is a welcoming, extended family for both new and long-time residents.
including children, youth, adults, and seniors
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Our mission is to serve Queens residents
by providing them with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities.
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Queens Community House is a special place that makes an impact. The staff is caring and nurturing and over the years that I have worked with QCH and volunteered with the senior programs I feel the impact .
I joined the Kew Gardens Community Center last year, one month after retirement and was pleasantly surprised at the number of classes offered including exercise and lectures. The atmosphere is very cheerful with friendly people, good lighting, and large windows in the Piano Room and the Lounge. They also have a chorus, which I immediately joined, and am now the chorus director. We have about 20 dedicated singers and a wonderful pianist. We perform at local nursing homes and at the Center for holiday or birthday parties singing the standards, show tunes, music from the 50s/60s, etc. Our rehearsals are on Fridays at 11:00 AM. Its a joy.
For over three years I have served as a volunteer piano accompanist for the Kew Garden Community Chorus. It has been a truly rewarding and joyous experience in every way. Rachel Epstein has given her full participation and support to the chorus. She also expressed her appreciation to the group in substantial ways. The piano we use is the very best and the acoustics in the rehearsal room are ideal. You will see a lot of smiles there.
Queens Community has been a part of my professional journey for the past 6 + years in various capacities. First as a community embassador for the company I work for Starbucks Coffee & subsequently as a dedicated volunteer in support of building leadership skills for the youth. My experience as a board member over these last year has truly marked my life because I feel that I can influence and truly make a difference from a different capacity. Queens Community House is a gem in our community and I am proud to serve!
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QCH offers programs from elementary school age to frail elderly throughout the Borough of Queens. But it is not the number or programs but the quality of the programming that make it so special. Most of the staff have been there for years, often giving up higher paying opportunities elsewhere to remain within this culture of caring and professionalism. As change agents, staff are charged with giving participants and the communities the tools to better themselves. When the communities and participants succeed, as they often do, they rightly get the credit. So QCH remains the best kept secret in Queens.
QCH has been a standout organization in Queens for many years. Being a lifetime resident of Queens I remember working with QCH on various housing advocacy initiatives and frequently seeing their Meal on Wheels Vans and cars.
I am truly blown away by the variety of programs and services that QCH provides and am eager to see where else we can plug in to continue to serve this great borough. As a Board member I take my responsibility very seriously and look forward to expanding the programming and reach of the work we do.
I have been a member of the Kew Gardens Community House since its beginning. My interest was in the center's approach to wellness and exercise. I joined a class which I attended regularly for years. After the untimely death of our last teacher I volunteered to take over the class and was trained by a representative of the Dept. of the Aged. I am now in my ninth year of leading that class. Our current director, Rachel Epstein, was instrumental in organizing some kind of exercise class for every day of the week. She also developed a lecture program, emphasizing health, wellness and nutrition. Most recently I attended a course with her called: A Matter of Balance, Managing Concerns about Falls, Volunteer Leader Model, MaineHealth's Partnership for Healthy Aging, Boston University. We just finished coaching a successful run of the 8 week session course together. Rachel is an inspiring and hard working director of the Kew Gardens Community House Center. It is a pleasure to work with her.
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I've been a happy member of the Kew Gardens Community Center for about 10 years. I volunteer by teaching 2 levels of Tai Chi and by giving periodic workshops in Topics in Mathematics ("The Number Jungle"). I also attend Belle's Players, our Drama Group, and our Chorus. These groups perform at local residence facilities & at the Forest Hills Library. I enjoy all these activities immensely as well as the friendships I've developed with my fellow members & Tai Chi & Math students. The atmosphere at the Center is warm and friendly, fostered by the work of our wonderful director, Rachel Epstein, who sees to it that all runs smoothly and joyously. I retired from full time work as a university professor of Math & Phys Ed in 1999 and continued working part-time till last year. The Center has eased my way into continuing an active and useful and enjoyable life of community service. For this I am & will be eternally grateful.
I attended pre-school at the QCH, participated in their after school programs, and through my teen years it continued to be a safe place, a place to hang out or meet friends and be a part of.
Everyone there is helpful, commited and truly a part of the community they serve.
I hope the organization continues to thrive and serve generations of children and families to come.
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As a child growing up in Queens, attending middle and high school here and having witnessed the Mets win the World Series in ’86 I have a strong affinity for this great borough. When I began my search last year for a non-profit board to join there were a few important things on my criteria. For one the organization had to be focused first and foremost on serving its community. At QCH their core mission is to serve the people of the community, from the children to the adults and seniors alike, through its rich programs and services. I had the opportunity to tour some of the facilities and see the programs in action. I was so impressed and moved by the impact these programs are having in the community. For example QCH offers free English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) classes at its Jackson Heights location which have afforded many the opportunity to move up the socio-economic ladder. I was also able to visit the Pomonok Senior Center in Flushing and witness how the many activities offered, eg Arts & Crafts, dancing, are enriching the lives of the seniors there. Another important criterion for me was the people of the organization. At QCH it is led by the Executive Director, Irma Rodriguez, who is committed, passionate and exudes energy for this organization. I see this love and passion in the staff and volunteers of QCH. Lastly it is an organization that serves over 20,000 people in the community that I call home in its approximately 20 locations by a committed staff of over 400. I am proud to be a board member of the Queens Community House.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the many lives the progams have improved.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
raise more funding for the great progams offered here.