December 2017
ACTION OF THE MONTH:

HELP US COLLECT GIFTS & BASIC NECESSITIES FOR OUR LGTBQ YOUTH
DROP-IN CENTER!

 

Contact Chynna Pitlock at cpitlock@qchnyc.org for a full list of items needed.

Drop off donations at any of these three locations:

Forest Hills Community Center
108-25 62nd Drive,
Forest Hills, 11375

Queens Center for Gay Seniors 37-06 77th Street
Jackson Heights, 11372

Generation Q
110-01  62nd Drive
Forest Hills, 11375
SNAP Helps  Extend the Holiday Budget
While the holiday season is meant to be a joyful time, it can also be a time of great financial challenge and worry. S ome families feel increasing anxiety about paying for the necessities - rent, utilities, gifts for the children - and of course, food. Unfortunately, many families are not aware of resources available to them. 
This disconnect inspired the Robin Hood Foundation to launch "Start By Asking," a bold, citywide, cross-organizational  initiative to reach more than  800,000 New Yorkers who aren't receiving the benefits for which they're eligible.     
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As a partner in this initiative, QCH is offering free Supplemental   Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) eligibility screenings and enrollment support in areas in Queens where the need is high and the resource is under-utilized.  SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provides food assistance for low-income families of up to $5,580 a year.

"The SNAP application can be daunting, especially for home-bound seniors and families with language barriers," according to QCH Associate Executive Director Mary Abbate. "We assist families throughout the entire process, often making home-visits to ensure documents are in order and requirements are met." Enrollment support is free and offered in three languages. 
Queens Unites to Keep AIDS Conversation on the Table
While AIDS no longer draws the media attention it once did,  thousands of Americans still die every year from the disease. An estimated  1.1 million 
people in the US are living with the disease, although about 15 percent of them don't know they have it.

On December 1, QCH, the Caribbean Equality Project, NYC Commission on Human Rights and Queens Pride joined together in recognition of World AIDS DayThe event took place in QCH's Kew Gardens Community Center and included a discussion of critical issues facing our local community around HIV/AIDS, dance and musical performances, and a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

"We must continue to advocate for prevention, treatment, 
resources and supports" says Chynna Pitlock, Director of QCH's Queens Center for Gay Seniors. "It is important to raise awareness and ensure all generations we serve are informed, safe, and supported on all levels."  
Kids of New York Keeps Break Culture Alive
On November 18, Ralph Casanova aka "King Uprock," brought his legendary Kids of New York Break-dancing Battle to our Forest Hills gym. Youth ages 5 to 17 competed in a series of breaking and popping battles, and our Evening Teen Center (ETC) breakdancers spoke on the importance of preserving the bboy and bgirl culture. " These events give a chance for the youth to learn about the importance of hip hop in our community,"  said ETC Coordinator Pemba Sherpa," and they allow for the older generation  to pass on their experience to the next generation of dancers."
A Community Celebrates Diversity at Dinner
On November 21, more than 150  QCH participants and staff came together to share in our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. In addition to traditional turkey and stuffing, attendees got to enjoy homemade samplings of Chinese dumplings, Russian Stroganoff, and Argentinean empanadas and were given the chance to offer "thanks" to the crowd in their native language.