Meet Your Neighbor

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.

Meet Your Neighbor: Maria Rauda

March 11, 2018

I packed my bags and left El Salvador in 1991 in search of a better life for my family. I’m from the capital, San Salvador, where violent crime is rampant and life is very insecure. My oldest sons and parents still live there, and they depend on me to work and send money home.

Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Losurdo

March 5, 2018

It was during Hurricane Sandy, and I was charging my phone in a Panera when I got the call.

Meet Your Neighbor: Maria Lausell

February 26, 2018

I’ve lived in the Pomonok Houses for almost 40 years. I stay involved with this community in every way I can. I’m the PTA Treasurer at the local school, where I coordinate nutrition workshops for the parents. I try to make sure everyone around here knows about the Pomonok Community Center.

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