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Queens Community House

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Senior Centers, Seniors, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: including children, youth, adults, and seniors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000 indidivuals

Geographic areas served: Our mission is to serve Queens residents

Programs: by providing them with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have now learned how to speak English a little more. I understand more words and now at work I am able to exchange a couple of more words with my boss. Now, I can go somewhere and directly apply for a job because I feel comfortable. I have met a lot of different people with different nationalities. So far this year we have covered topics regarding the food we eat on a daily basis, the weekdays, the months of the year and I have also learned everyday terms to use when I am outside running errands. The teachers do try their very best and want nothing but to explain and make sure you have left class knowing to speak better than the day before.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great program to study English. It is an accumulation of new friends and conversation with one another. The ESL program helps for talking and using outside in my everyday life. For example when I go to the bank or to the store. Teachers are great at QCH with an interest in their students and especially to teach English!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The program is great! I have made more friends because of this program! Different nationalities all coming together. The teachers here are helpful. The teacher challenges me and teaches me well. I am in the most advanced class and we are currently learning about grammar the past present and future tenses. This really helps me articulate what I want to say more when I speak English now.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Queens Community House English school, is important for me. I have learned communication with different nationalities. I have met new friends and made great connections. The teachers want nothing but the best for me and have encouraged me to learn English. The teachers are making their students their number one priority without charge. I have found there is an unconditional amount of help being offered at this organization and I am very grateful. I know they will continue to help others as well in learning and sharing their skills, because they are nothing but exceptional in attending their students! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The teachers are very attentive in helping the students with learning English, and this has helped me in meeting new people and in interacting with with other co-workers at my job. Also, this program has helped me to for example to read my email's or read news articles on the internet. This program works!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a person who truly believes in sharing a common language with our community, I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing staff who shares my same ideologies. We are an organization that believes in bringing together all cultures and embracing all people here at the ESL program! Always a great spirit and energy from the teachers!

Skittles J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their AWESOME and FAMILY ORIENTED AAWWEESSSOOOMMMEeE program

Client Served

Rating: 4

They are the best thing to happen to me. They are my favorite childhood memory and helped show me the good in the world. That everyone isn't a massive jerk.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Queens Community House was made for bringing a community together. They offer several different types of programs for everyone of age. From what I've seen, this organization really engages with young adults and helps them amazingly in continuing their education. I highly recommend for young adults being part of Queens Community House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with QHC on a variety of occasions over the past few years. Besides being absolutely dedicated to their mission, they were such a pleasure to work with. You can tell they truly love what they do. Would be honored to work with them again

Advisor

Rating: 5

A great orginization. Grants our students the opportunity to thrive

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My kids had a great experience from the summer camp program. My dad enjoys spending time at the senior center. He thinks the programs are great. Staff is professional and courteous.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Queens Community House is a fixture in our community which continually makes an impact on a daily basis. From holding stimulating senior programs, work with after school initiatives, and even Meals On Wheels, Queens Community House is one of the best organizations around.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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 .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Alejandra6

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Rosa Grajeda
Board of Directors

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.