Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Ric Suarez

February 20, 2018

I live in Astoria, I’m 71, and I’m a gay senior. I married my wife in 1970, and we have two kids. They all know about me. Coming out wasn’t nearly as difficult as leaving  the kids, the house, all the friends.

Meet Your Neighbor: Anna Dewender

February 12, 2018

I was born in Manhattan in 1918. In fourth grade, my family bought a bakery, and we moved to the Bronx. Those were very prosperous times for us. Our closets and tables were always filled with bread. When the stock market crashed, times were tough, but we pulled through.

Meet Your Neighbor: Jessica Yip

February 5, 2018

It was a challenging path that led me to become an Alternative to College Counselor. When I was in school, I was an academically-focused student, so I stayed just under the radar of my own counselor. I’d meet with her once a year, she’d tell me I was on track to graduate, and that was it.

Meet Your Neighbor: Yolanda Delatour

January 29, 2018

Twenty five years ago, I came to this country with my three daughters.  I visited New York once before I moved here. As a visitor everything looks wonderful but when you move here with a family, it’s completely different. It took me three months to get us our own apartment.

Meet Your Neighbor: Enzo & Genaro Jaramillo

January 22, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor: Enzo & Genaro Jaramillo

Genaro (Right): I was born in Peru, and I came to this country at the age of three. I grew up in Elmhurst so when people ask me where I’m from, I say, "I’m from Queens.”

Meet Your Neighbor: Boris Babaisakov

January 16, 2018

Some of my friends think it’s weird that I wake up early to check the stocks every day before school.  But I find it very interesting, especially when one small change in the market changes everything.

Meet Your Neighbor: Yalime Ospina

January 8, 2018

Both my daughters have been involved with QCH after school programs since they started school. My oldest is in seventh grade at JHS 217 and my youngest is in third grade at PS 86.

Meet Your Neighbor: Lucy Lu

January 2, 2018

I first came to the Forest Hills Senior Center fifteen years ago. At that time, I didn’t know many people here, and I’d never taken a Tai Chi class. I am originally from Taiwan and spent many years traveling the globe for my career, so new experiences never intimidate me.

Meet Your Neighbor: Ozzie Araujo

December 18, 2017

My first memories of QCH are from when I was four years old.  I attended the Early Childhood Program, which was great for my parents since they both worked. When I was 11, I joined the Afterschool Athletics program.

Meet Your Neighbor: Pam Chowayou

December 4, 2017


I am a Forest Hills local, and my elderly dad, Kenny, has been receiving QCH’s Meals on Wheels service for about three months now.

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