Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Marlena Starace

May 29, 2018

QCH opened up a Beacon  Program in my Junior High School when I was in 8th grade. The program offered a safe space to hang out with friends and get advice from counselors. It’s exactly what I needed at the time, so my friends and I joined. That was twenty years ago.

Meet Your Neighbor: Eli Betts

May 14, 2018

I found out about Generation Q when I walked by one day and saw a rainbow flag taped to a door not too far from my home. I immediately looked it up online and found out it was a program for LGBTQ youth and that anyone 13 or older could join.

Meet Your Neighbor: Alex Shih

May 7, 2018

This is my first year attending the Beacon Afterschool Program at JHS 190, and I haven’t missed a single day yet. Even if I’m sick, I still go to the program. There’s always something you can learn, and I like to learn.


Meet Your Neighbor: Father Tom Reese

April 30, 2018

When I first came to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in 2000, the congregation was looking to grow, not only in size but in commitment to the surrounding community. That has always been the hallmark of St. Luke’s.


Meet Your Neighbor: Adolfo Steve Vazquez

April 23, 2018

Before my father moved to California in the nineties, he and I used to spend all of our time walking the streets of New York City. We'd talk for hours about what he was reading or writing at the time. He was such a passionate guy, and I was never able to keep up with him.

Meet Your Neighbors: Lenore Harrison & Shreya Sanghvi

April 15, 2018

Lenore (Left): Some people are surprised to find out that I’m a 94 year old who texts and uses an iPad. I’ve never thought of age as a reason to stop growing and learning.  Lately, I’ve been spending more time at home, so a friend suggested I sign up for QCH’s Friendly Visiting Program.

Meet Your Neighbor: Osama Abdalla

April 9, 2018

I am originally from Khartoum, Sudan. My father is a diplomat, and when I was three months old, my family moved to Pakistan, then to Dubai, then to Morocco. After each assignment, we’d go home to Sudan and wait for the next move. My fondest memories are from Morocco.

Meet Your Neighbor: Jean Martin & Akio

April 2, 2018

People say I am the most active retired person they know. I recently retired from the New York Police Department after 23 years on the force.  I wanted to continue giving back to my community, so I looked into pet therapy.

Meet Your Neighbor: Lili Gregory Loor

March 26, 2018

I'm originally from Southern California, so when I moved to New York last August, it was a shift for me. Recently, I saw snow for the first time and felt like I was inside a Robert Frost poem.

Meet Your Neighbor: Sadeka Carby

March 18, 2018

When I was eight years old, my mom and I left Jamaica to move to Queens. I was so quiet when I started school here. People would tell me to speak up, but it was hard for me.

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