Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Juan-Valle Cruz

"At the first high school I attended, I didn’t get the support that I needed from the staff. So in November 2021, I transferred to QCH at Queens Satellite High School hoping for a change. There, my advocate counselor really encouraged me to do better in school and attend my classes.

Meet Your Neighbor: Natnittha

“I learned about the Forest Hills Older Adult Center when my friend took me here, who was volunteering at the time. Now that I’m an older adult, when I saw all the great opportunities and services being offered here, I signed up to be a participant.

Meet Your Neighbor: Luke Yi

"I'm a 7th grader at St. Kevin Catholic Academy in Flushing, and I love playing piano. Last summer, I visited my grandparent who stays in assisted living. I was able to play piano for everyone there, and they all really enjoyed it.

Meet Your Neighbor: Ginna Leyton

"I was a teacher in Colombia for many years. When I came to the United States, I knew I wanted to stay committed to giving children the love, care, training, and guidance they deserve. I was excited when I got the opportunity to become a childcare provider with the Queens Childcare Network.

Meet Your Neighbor: Ken

"A few months ago, I started to search for a rainbow-based senior center in Queens. My search immediately led me to the Queens Center for Gay Seniors (QCGS), and I've been going ever since. It's such a friendly and inclusive place.

Meet Your Neighbor: Farrukh

This video follows the story of Farrukh, a former professor who talks about his difficult life in Russia and struggling in America because he couldn't speak English.

Meet Your Neighbor: Alfonso Quiroz

“I’ve been in Queens for more than two decades and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve always been a history buff and love living in the historic district of Jackson Heights with my husband Jeff Simmons, who works with nonprofits and is a host on WBAI 99.5 FM.

Meet Your Neighbor: Toolarie Iqbal

"In my early years, social work was never something I thought I’d be interested in. I have close to twenty years of experience in the field of science. I left the lab and jumped into social services.

Meet Your Neighbor: Rebecca Stewart

"During SYEP this summer, I didn’t think I would like the experience that much, and I figured I would be doing it solely for the money.

Meet Your Neighbor: Shenalee Kanthiarachchi

"I learned about QCH through the SYEP program and my school. I was surprised I didn’t know about the organization sooner since it’s located in my local neighborhood. I joined SYEP at the age of 15 in hopes of getting some pocket cash but most importantly work experience.

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