September 2018


Visit our Art Exhibit in Queens Museum!
Older Adults from our
Social Adult Day Services Program will display their art in an
exhibit entitled 'Perspectives' from October 16 -21 in Queens Museum's Partnership Gallery. Visit the gallery to support these artists!

QCH is pleased to  be recognizing two Queens icons at its October 
23rd gala: the  Hon. Jacob J. Lew, 76th   Secretary of the Treasury,  and  former  NY Mets All-Star Edgardo Alfonzo .
Mr. Lew, a Forest Hills native, also served as White House Chief of Staff under Barack Obama. He became involved in advocacy and politics at an early age,  and as a 16 year old, 
helped organize The New York March Against Hunger.  Lew remembers the controversy surrounding the development of public housing in Forest Hills as a seminal experience.
" While many opposed it, I grew up in a home where responsibly opening the doors to the community was seen as a good thing," he said. "That early lesson, both in taking a position on important and controversial issues, and the power of an individual to make a difference, made a big impression on me." The negotiated  settlement  of that controversy led to  the founding   of  the Forest Hills (now Queens) Community  House.

Mr. Alfonzo, affectionately known to his fans as "Fonzie," is considered one of the greatest second basemen in Mets history and was part of the 2000 World Series team. In June he was elected into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame. 
O n September 24, Fonzie paid a surprise visit   to our Beacon Program at J.H.S. 190 to share his inspiring story, sign autographs and play catch with the kids. " I always talk about my experience when I first moved to the U.S. from Venezuela and what I went through to become a professional baseball player. If these kids take home just one idea or inspiration from my story, then I've done my job, " he said. 

" Our honorees have been inspiring role models for the people in our borough," said QCH ED Ben Thomases. "Both have achieved great success in their fields but remain humble in their commitment to service."

The gala will take place at Museum of the Moving Image. Tickets are available at
The Right Meds, the Right Way!
QCH's Senior Case Management team has implemented a new software system to  help home-bound older adults manage their medication at home. S taff will use the new software to screen our older adults' medications and collaborate with pharmacists and physicians to reduce the risk of medication errors and adverse side effects.
The new program, called The HomeMeds Project, is funded by the NYC Department for the Aging.  Blanca Goris, QCH Director of Case Management Services says, "The HomeMeds Project will reinvent how we support our clients' health. We will have a better understanding of how their medications work together and what routine is most beneficial for each individual." QCH currently serves nearly 800 homebound older adults in Forest Hills, Rego Park, Corona and Elmhurst. 
Our SYEP Team Tops the Charts!
Every summer, our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Team places 1300 young adults, ages 14-24, in summer jobs, helping them build professional experience, skills, and networking opportunities. This summer, QCH was recognized as
number one citywide for providing financial literacy skills to 14-15 year old participants and #4 for overall program implementation.   

QCH was also cited for its pilot implementation of a career-focused, school-based SYEP model with  August Martin High School. As part of their service learning project,   our 14 and 15 year olds  learned about solar energy and environmental conservation. Participants tested Ph levels of a local lake and created non-toxic cleaning solutions. They were also tasked to create a product and present it to the group "Shark Tank"-style.