QCH Rego Park Older Adult Center Celebrates 45 Years of Serving the Community
On June 15, Queens Community House, one of the borough's largest social service organizations, hosted the 45th Anniversary of its Rego Park Older Adult Center being in operation for Queens neighbors. The festivities were held at QCH's Rego Park Older Adult Center (97-30 Queens Blvd). Close to 300 people were in attendance for this event to enjoy live music, lunch, entertainment, gifts, and socializing.
NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. also attended the event and honored QCH Rego Park Older Adult Center with a recognition award.
"For 45 years, QCH's Rego Park Older Adult Center has provided a culturally-rich environment where older adults can engage with their peers, make new friends, enjoy a hot meal, keep physically active, learn new skills, and explore new interests," said Elana Tsibulevskiy, QCH Director of the Rego Park Older Adult Center. "Reaching this milestone of longevity speaks to how important a space like this is for older adults in the community."
"I was so delighted to see so many Queens residents in the neighborhood who were visiting the Center for the first time," said Maya Yankelevich, Program Officer of the NYC Department for the Aging. "A big community celebration for a major milestone created intrigue in the neighborhood, and when they stopped by, they were able to learn more about all of the activities and services that could benefit them as well."
Robert Schaeffer, who served as the Program Director of QCH's Rego Park Older Adult Center from 1997 to 2001, was also in attendance for this event. "The diversity of the participants and neighbors together for this celebration showed that the Center continues in its primary mission of improving the quality of life for the residents of this neighborhood, and that has never changed," said Schaeffer.