“I have always worked to support myself and my twin daughters. But when the coronavirus came, I lost both my jobs. I became very worried and depressed that I couldn’t pay rent and buy food. I started looking around for help and found the Adult Workforce program at Commonpoint Queens. My counselor first helped me apply for programs to help with our basic needs like rent and food, and then she encouraged me to sign up for free training to become a certified home health aide.
When I completed the certificate, she helped me with my resume and applying for jobs. I was offered work with two home health agencies and with the census. I started working in September and I’m feeling much more confident about the future. With the guidance and support, I can continue to learn and grow.
One of my daughters got an internship at the Sam Field Center through SYEP. We are a Commonpoint Queens family for life!”
Commonpoint Queens is home for people of every race and ethnicity, from infancy to old age, from religiously observant to secular, from every corner of the political spectrum.
In mid-March, our buildings closed and we lost one-third of our revenue overnight. We sat in the eye of the storm as Queens experienced the highest rates of infection and death from COVID-19. Even with that, there was not a single-day of program interruption.
Until every person who needs our help is served, we will not rest.
From finding a job to getting your high school equivalency diploma, from food assistance to mental health services, from emergency childcare to help to pay rent or for a funeral for a loved one, Commonpoint Queens is a beacon of hope for our stricken community. We are here to support you.
We are committed to never turning away anyone who comes through our doors, but that requires money.
Do you swim in our pools? Send your children to camp? Pass by our buildings and see the lines for the food pantry? Perhaps you never entered one of our 56 locations but the thought of even one child going hungry is too much. Or, that a senior may be alone and unable to care for themselves worries you.
We are asking you, please help. Your tax-deductible donation and commitment to meeting the critical needs of our community is key to our existence. Without you, we do not survive.
On behalf of our clients, staff, and the entire Board, thank you. It is because of you that our most vulnerable will have access to the essential resources they need.
Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year.
Lawrence Gottlieb, Chair, Board of Directors
Danielle Ellman, CEO Commonpoint Queens