Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Blanca Izaguirre

In 1975, my family of four could not afford a two-bedroom apartment on our income, so we were so excited when we received a letter stating that we were eligible to live in the Forest Hills Coop.

Meet Your Neighbor: Pritika Aidasani

I needed a place where I could express myself freely without worrying about judgment from others, and that’s exactly what Access for Young Women (AFYW) has been for me.

Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Kelly

I always understood the power of coaching and mentoring, first as a beneficiary of guidance, and now as a small business coach and mentor to the youth and women of all ages. As a student in public and private secondary schools, I learned the value of working for what you want in life.

Meet Your Neighbor: Alma Reyes

I lived in Queens for more than 23 years without legal status, and in all those years I didn’t go to my country once. In 2015, I got my green card, and now I use it to visit my friends and family twice each year.

Meet Your Neighbor: Kevin Montalvo

While many kids grew up going to theme parks on the weekends, I spent my time touring neighborhoods in Queens with my father.

Meet Your Neighbor: Carmen Silverman

Meet Carmen, a longtime neighbor of our Forest Hills Community Center. For years, Queens Community House provided her and her family with the resources they needed to enrich their lives.

Meet Your Neighbor: Joel Ponder

My stepmom used to work in Jackson Heights' Bruson Building, back in 2008. I was new to the country and spoke no English.

Meet Your Neighbor: Flor M. Romero

I called QCH’s Immigration Services because I had no one else to turn to. Before, I was very shy to talk about my case, and all the time I was feeling scared. When I spoke to Carmen, I knew that Queens Community House was the right place for me. She helped me so much.

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