Meeting the Needs of Queens Residents during the Coronavirus Pandemic
We continue to serve many of the communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. As the crisis continues, we are doing everything we can to keep our families safe and supported while expanding vital services for some of our most vulnerable neighbors:
- Food Pantries: We have expanded the food pantries at both our Forest Hills Community Center and our Pomonok Community Center to serve the growing number of families in need of assistance. If you are in need of food, please call 347-287-9001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Forest Hills) or email@example.com (Pomonok) to make an appointment.
- Meals for Homebound Seniors: Our drivers/deliverers provide daily meal service to homebound seniors living in Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills and Rego Park. While we have typically delivered 2900 meals a week, we are now serving more than 4,300 weekly and are working to secure the funds needed to support a rapidly growing caseload. For assistance, call 347-507-0486.
- Remote Friendly Visiting Services for Isolated Seniors: With the help of volunteers, we are expanding our Friendly Visiting services remotely and connecting by phone to more than 800 older adults who live alone in our community. If you are in need of friendly visiting or would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Housing & Homelessness Prevention Services: Our Housing & Homelessness Prevention Services are being conducted by telephone. Contact our Housing Department at Msotomayor@qchnyc.org or 347-659-5671. To meet our staff and learn more about our program, click here for our dedicated Housing Support page.
- Emergency Case Management Support for Our Families: QCH program staff are in regular contact with our participants and their households to make sure they are safe, healthy, and connected to available resources during these unsettling times. We are assessing needs related to financial hardship; ability to afford food and rent; health & mental health services; and access to remote learning technology and child care. For those in need, we are making referrals for case management services, housing assistance, immigration counseling, benefits enrollment assistance and emergency cash relief.
- Online ESOL/Citizenship Classes: ESOL and Citizenship classes have continued to operate virtually via Zoom. For more information, please call 718-592-5757 x216 (day classes) or x222 (evening classes) or email EnglishSchool@qchnyc.org.
- Caregiver Support Services: Our Caregiver Support Services are providing one-on-one and group support by phone and virtually. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Young Adult Food Sector Employment Initiative: Our Young Adult Food Sector Employment Initiative classes are being offered virtually. In addition to chef-led courses on food prep and food safety, all students are receiving customer service training, internships, and support locating jobs. Email email@example.com for more details.
- Financial Counseling: Financial Counseling is being offered virtually through our partnership with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners and the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment. A Financial Counselor is available, regardless of income or immigration status, to provide personalized guidance and can help you address a wide range of personal financial topics, including managing debt including student loans, strengthening your credit score, opening a bank account, and much more. To schedule a session, please contact 917-822-5839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other QCH programs continue to operate remotely.
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. Please continue to do what you can to keep yourself, your family, and your neighbors safe and healthy.