BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…
Queens Groups Offer Help
To Boro’s Immigrant Population
New Immigrant Community Empowerment serves as an advocate for immigrants. Tribune photo by Ira Cohen
With nearly half of Queens residents born in foreign lands, it should come as no surprise that this borough leads the city in services that cater to the immigrant community.
Though they are spread out from Long Island City to Little Neck, and from College Point to Far Rockaway, there are literally hundreds of organizations that cater to our borough’s newest residents.
We have compiled a sample listing, by category, of some of the groups that offer aid to the immigrants of Queens. For a more thorough listing, go to www.queenslibrary.org/communitydb/main.asp and browse by service, language, ethnicity, target group or location.
CRISIS SUPPORT AND HEALTH CENTERS
Advocates for Children
102-21 Roosevelt Ave., Corona
Services for the Spanish community, including conflict resolution, health and education programs.
AIDS Center for Queens County
97-45 Queens Boulevard, 12th Floor, Rego Park
Counseling and care for the Spanish population, with many different specialized bereavement groups.
Immigration Advocacy Services in Astoria offers one-stop help. Tribune photo by Ira Cohen
Bridge to Life
23-20 Newton Ave., Astoria
Gives many services to pregnant women to encourage them away from abortion. Services include free pregnancy test, referrals to medical physicians, and coaches for Lamaze and delivery.
Builders for Family and Youth / Catholic Charities
61-20 Woodside Ave., Woodside
An outpatient mental health clinic for adults and children with many different support services.
Center for Children and Families
101-05 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill
Information to new parents along with necessary training and skills.
Elmcor Rehabilitation Programs
33-16 108 St., Corona
Focuses on prevention, intervention, and complete supportive care in the area of substance abuse.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd., Flushing
(718) 670-5540 www.flushinghospital.org/Pages/Clinical%20Service/addiction_treatment.htm
General counseling and medical treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. No methadone maintenance.
Safe Horizon has several locations in Queens. Tribune photo by Ira Cohen
Haitian Americans United For Progress
221-05 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights
Non-profit organization that provides parental skills and a family support program for families with developmentally disabled members.
Quality Services for the Autism Community
30-10 38 St., Astoria
Parental support with family reimbursement and training.
90-26 161 St., Jamaica
Six different branches of service, including HIV, homeless youth, and mental health services.
Allen Women’s Resource Center
P.O. Box 340316, Jamaica, NY 11434
A temporary shelter for battered women with crisis counseling, legal assistance, support groups and medical referrals.
51-07 43rd Ave., Woodside
Offers legal advice to American immigrants.
Chinese Christian Herald Crusades
39-07 Prince St., Suite 4J, Flushing
Many different forms of counseling, including legal issues, domestic violence, and medical advice. Also provides English as a Second Language courses.
133-54 41 Ave., 4th Floor, Flushing
Hotline for legal counseling and family mediation.
Immigration Advocacy Services
24-40 Steinway St., Astoria
Provides a number of key immigrant services, including fingerprinting, form completion, legal assistance. Also gives referrals to immigrants for legal attorneys.
Legal Aid Society
120-46 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens
Legal services for low-income Queens residents in the fields of food stamps, unemployment insurance, Social Security, and Medicaid/Medicare.
Korean Family Counseling and Research Center
41-25 Kissena Blvd., Suite 105, Flushing
Offers an Asian sisterhood program as well as aid and support for battered women.
Main St. Legal Services / CUNY School of Law at Queens College
65-21 Main St., Flushing
Services for battered immigrants in regards to family court, Orders of Protection, custody and visitation, and child and spousal support.
Queens Legal Services Corporation
42-15 Crescent St., Long Island City
Provides legal workshops and training many different areas of civil law.
Safe Horizon/ Solace
74-09 37 Ave., Room 416, Jackson Heights
Works with survivors of state-sponsored torture and war trauma, as well as Americans tortured abroad. Uses case management counseling as well as ongoing support through community development.
The Forest Hills Community House has programs for youth and seniors. Tribune photo by Ira Cohen
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Afghan Community in America
P.O. Box 311, Flushing, NY 11352
Helps immigrants in language translation regarding employment, social services, and medical care.
Astoria Community Service Center
14-54 31 Road, Astoria
Helps in the translation of many different documents.
Esther Grunblatt Russian Service Center
93-10 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
Many educational programs and employee training seminars for the Russian population within Queens.
Flushing Chinese Business Association
40-48 Main St., Suite 302, Flushing
Offers workshops and courses for beginning Chinese businessmen.
Forest Hills Community House/ Jackson Heights Program
74-09 37 Ave., Rm. 421, Jackson Heights
Citizenship and computer classes for adults.
Goodwill Industries of Greater NY – Beacon Program PS 149
93-11 34th Ave., Jackson Heights
Provides activities for children such as homework help and Kung-fu. The program also offers adult education classes like ESL, GED, and computer training.
162-04 South Rd., Jamaica
Vocational training to go along with the organization’s many different forms of counseling and therapy programs.
Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
10-25 41 Ave., Long Island City
Provides ESL training, cultural programs and employment training.
Queens College Asian/American Center
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
Provides free translation services and numerous books dealing with Asians in the Americas.
137-44 Northern Blvd., Flushing
Many different classes that teach computer skills, painting, English language training. Also holds social events.
Central Queens YM-YWHA
108-13 67th Rd., Forest Hills
A teen lounge for Bukharian teens with an array of sports, different fitness activities, and cultural projects.
Chinese American Planning Council
136-26 37th Ave., 3rd Floor, Flushing
A youth Program includes an intergenerational program, a summer day camp, and youth volunteer opportunities.
Community Conciliation Network
107-24 Corona Ave., Corona
Cultivates leadership capabilities of youth by providing training in mediation, empowering them with increased knowledge and self-esteem.
Forest Hills Community Centers
108-25 62nd Dr., Forest Hills
Provides a variety of afterschool activities for children of all ages, focusing in on advancement in learning and having fun.
Goodwill Industries at Greater N.Y.
89-62 164th St., Jamaica
Benefits children with education through tutoring and the use of computers.
The New York Irish Center in Long Island City offers social gatherings as well as treatment for alcohol abuse and depression. Tribune photo by Ira Cohen
Imagine Early Learning Center
1 Jamaica Center Plaza, Jamaica
A center for children up to four years old that helps them grow on an intellectual and social level.
Korean American Family Services Center
P.O. Box 541429, Flushing
(718) 460-3800 (24-hour hotline)
Counseling and workshops for adolescents regarding dating violence and teen pregnancy.
22-44 119th St., College Point
Provides weekend recreation and afterschool care for children with disabilities and their families.
South Asian Youth Action
54-05 Seabury St., Elmhurst
Promotes self-esteem among South Asian youth through tutoring for classes and SAT’s, as well as providing sports such as basketball and volleyball.
Young Women’s Christian Association
42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing
For kindergartners through high school students, providing homework assistance, tutoring, community service credits for high school students, and much more.
- Jeff Feinman
Ethnic Hot Spots In Queens
The following is an extremely brief selection of businesses in Queens that cater to the borough’s bustling immigrant population. For more stores, check out the streets and avenues of this great borough.
Chateau Brasil (Brazilian Dance Club)
38-02 29th Street, Astoria
41-02 34th Avenue, Astoria
St. Rita’s Roman Catholic Church
36-25 111th Street, Long Island City
Beth Gavriel Bukharian Congregation
63-52 108th Street, Forest Hills
King David Restaurant
101-10 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills
The Jacob Riis Settlement House offers ESL, Literacy and other programs. Tribune photo by Ira Cohen
Rose Plaza Trading Corp.
42-22 Main Street, Flushing
Community United Methodist Church
81-10 35th Ave., Jackson Heights
Korean Town Plaza/Assi Plaza (Korean supermarket)
131-01 39th Ave., Flushing
37-46 74th St., Jackson Heights
Patel Brothers Grocery
37-27 74th St., Jackson Heights
Hindu Temple Society of North America
45-37 Browne St., Flushing