Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Hernan Poza

I recently retired from a 25-year career as a New York City social worker; 5 years with the Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS Services Division as Coordinator of the Anonymous Counseling & Testing site at Chelsea Clinic, and 20 years as a related service provider/counselor with the Department o

Meet Your Neighbor: Rachel Laubis

I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.  As a kid, I loved academics and learning a piece of new information was always exciting.  Education wasn’t a big priority at home, so I learned to motivate myself.

Meet Your Neighbor: David Knee

"I’ve been coming to QCH's Kew Gardens Community Center for 15 years. I found out about it when a woman told me about a drama group, Belle’s Players, which meets once a week. I’ve been coming to the center to perform with the group ever since.

Meet Your Neighbor: Chingiz Kahramonov

"I'm in second grade, I'm seven years old and I love to play soccer. It's a really big sport in Uzbekistan, and that's why I like it so much. I haven't been there yet, but I think my family is going to take me this summer. I like being Uzbek because it inspires me.

Meet Your Neighbor: Rose Marie Cerminaro

One day I was waiting for the bus when a woman passed me and gave me the friendliest smile.

Meet Your Neighbor: Erna Frischer

I was 19 when Hitler arrived in my hometown of Vienna. Harassment of Jews began immediately, so my parents and I made arrangements to emigrate to Palestine. It was easier for students to leave the country, so my parents sent me on ahead.

Meet Your Neighbor: Iluan McCollum

In 1946, my grandfather and his six brothers started an industrial landscaping company in Jamaica, Queens. In their first 20 years, the company expanded and became the first and largest black owned construction company in New York. Today, L.B.

Meet Your Neighbor: Mohamed Sanoh

I’m going to be an engineer when I grow up, so I practice building things everyday in my afterschool program. When my friends need something made out of paper, they come to me because I’m creative and so fast.

Meet Your Neighbor: Constance Vien

When I came to New York, I had $60 in my pocket and three suitcases to my name.  I slept on the toilet at Port Authority with my feet up so no one would see me.  After a few weeks, I found a job as a factory seamstress in Brooklyn.

Meet Your Neighbor: Linda Rufo

I’ve been creating art ever since I was a child.  I spent years under my mother’s piano sketching my father and reading music books. Growing up in my country, art wasn’t considered a necessity, so when it came time for college, my mother pushed me to become a doctor.

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