Sunnyside Community Services, Inc.

aka SCS   |   Sunnyside, NY   |  www.scsny.org

Mission

The mission of Sunnyside Community Services is to enrich lives and strengthen communities through services and engagement for individuals at all ages, beginning with those most in need.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Ms. Judith Zangwill

Main address

43-31 39th St

Sunnyside, NY 11104 USA

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EIN

51-0189327

NTEE code info

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Senior Programs

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) offers support, resources, and activities for older adults and their caregivers. More than 2,000 seniors visit the Center for Active Older Adults for lunch or special activities with nearly 45,000 meals provided through the Center; an additional 2,000 people receive food through Meals on Wheels; and home care programs provide more than 2.7 million hours of service each year.

Benefits Counseling: SCS staff help seniors and homebound individuals access a variety of benefits and entitlement programs including Medicaid, Medicare Extra Help, Medicare Savings, Elderly Prescription Insurance Coverage (EPIC), Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), MTA Reduced Fare, and Access-a-ride.

Case Management: This program provides a comprehensive assessment for those age 60 and older whose physical limitations or dementia are making it difficult to complete daily activities. A case manager identifies the individual’s needs and serves as their advocate to connect them to various services such as Meals on Wheels, Access-a-Ride, bill paying assistance, elder abuse support, home care, housing issues, and legal services. Case managers serve seniors who live in the Queens, NY neighborhoods of Astoria, East Elmhurst, Glenridge, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, and Woodside.

Center for Active Older Adults: SCS manages a vibrant senior center that many participants come to view as a home away from home. A number of free, fun events for people age 60 and older are offered at the Center. During the Covid-19 pandemic, all events are held remotely via Zoom or other digital platforms. Activities include Tai Chi, aerobics and dancercise, meditation and yoga, computer and technology classes, Bingo, dominoes and card games, creative writing, arts and crafts, holiday parties, discussion groups and much more. Seniors can also enjoy a healthy lunch or just relax with friends. The Center is open daily from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Friendly Visiting: SCS matches homebound seniors with volunteers who share the same interests. Volunteers visit the seniors weekly, with a typical visit lasting one hour. Seniors and their Friendly Visitor can enjoy activities together such as board games, books, music, and conversation.

Home Care Services: SCS provides compassionate attention, available 24/7 to individuals having difficulty with daily activities, as well as support for family members who are caring for them. Certified Home Health Aides assist with personal care, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, appointments, bathing, dressing and other daily activities. They receive ongoing training to improve their skills, including specialized coursework in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. SCS staff can also help families provide proper care for their loved ones by assisting them with Medicaid applications, ensuring the home environment is safe, and creating a long-term care plan.

Mental Wellness: SCS offers counseling services for seniors in the home, on the phone, or at the SCS center. Counseling services are provided in English and Spanish. Additional supports include mental health check-ups, healthy mind workshops, and group discussions where seniors can meet each other.

Pet Pals: The Pet Pals program helps seniors who are struggling to care for their pets. The program matches seniors with volunteers who can assist with pet-related responsibilities such as dog walking, changing cat litter, shopping for pet supplies, veterinary visits, and grooming appointments.

Social Adult Day Program: This program offers specialized support and therapeutic activities for older adults with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease. For many families, the program provides an alternative to nursing home placement. Participants receive individualized care and attention in a home-like environment. Certified aides assist participants with personal care and medication reminders. Participants engage in daily activities such as yoga, music, art, games and pet therapy, and pre-K students visit weekly for intergenerational programming.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Older adults

Family caregivers often experience stress and anxiety when faced with the challenges of providing care to family members with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or chronic illness. To help them manage the tremendous responsibility of caring for a loved one, Care NYC Social Workers and SCS Caregiver Support Specialists provide information and support to family caregivers, and connect them to various resources including in-home or social adult day care, long-term care planning, Medicaid applications, counseling, peer support groups, education and caregiver skills workshops, wellness activities, and more.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) serves approximately 3,000 individuals each year through programming geared to youth and families. A range of initiatives for youth from early childhood through college provide a balance of social, educational, and recreational activities. SCS also offers English classes for speakers of other languages, which help adults build the skills needed to communicate with their children’s teachers and doctors, as well as with employers, landlords, and others in the community.

Sunnyside UP Pre-Kindergarten Program: Sunnyside UP provides a pre-K education focused on exploration and discovery. The curriculum and program use the Department of Education units of study that align with the Common Core standard. Free pre-K is available for students who are four years old. The classroom also serves 3-year-olds, subject to availability.

After-School Programs: After-school programs provide fun and challenging enrichment activities for children in grades K – 8. Students receive help with homework, and develop literacy, math, and science skills as they complete project-based learning activities, such as creating their own comic books, writing and directing short films, and building model bridges. Nutrition, sports, dance and martial arts are also offered.

Youth Futures at Queens Tech: The Youth Futures program helps high school students and recent graduates from Queens Technical High School in Long Island City find summer employment, build career skills, and get the support they need for a balanced life. The initiative includes a career readiness program to help students and young adults transition from school to the workplace through internship opportunities, resume writing sessions, interview skills workshops, a summer youth employment program, and training in the foodservice or manufacturing industries. A college readiness program offers SAT prep classes, college admissions workshops, financial aid workshops, college application and essay writing workshops, college field trips, and individual advisement sessions. Mental health referrals, free vision screenings, and family/parent advisory meetings ensure that students get any assistance they may need in other areas of their lives.

Beacon Community Center: The SCS Beacon Community Centers at I.S. 5 and P.S. 343 offer structured after-school programs, summer camps, and drop-in activities. Health fairs and other events bring together local residents and celebrate the community’s diversity.

Cornerstone Program at Woodside Houses: The Cornerstone Program at Woodside Houses provides opportunities for children, teenagers, and adults to participate in structured after-school programs and drop-in activities including performing arts and music, athletics, computers, reading, chess, and more. Learning Labs are available for students to use while they are working on their schoolwork remotely during the pandemic. Health fairs and other collaborations with local community organizations bring together local residents and celebrate the community’s diversity.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth

SCS offers a free, four-week training program to become a Home Health Aide. Certified by the New York State Department of Health, this program provides a direct track to employment. Home Health Aides help with daily activities such as preparing meals, getting dressed, and going to appointments. Training is provided in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served

SCS offers English classes for speakers of other languages (ESOL), which help immigrants build the skills needed to communicate with their children’s teachers and doctors, as well as with employers, landlords, and others in the community. In 2020, SCS partnered with Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement on ActionNYC. Through the ActionNYC program, immigrants will receive guidance about policy changes and legal issues, and be offered referrals for help with the specific challenges they are facing.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Senior Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of wellness calls to seniors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Senior Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students engaged with activities during the summer and school year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Youth & Family Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of immigrants enrolled in ESOL classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants, Undocumented immigrants

Related Program

Adult and Immigrant Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) is a community-based nonprofit centered on the belief that every person deserves meaningful support to achieve their aspirations – especially struggling families and individuals. Our programs are designed to enrich lives and strengthen communities through services and engagement for individuals at all ages, beginning with those most in need. SCS serves a diverse community of over 16,000 people of all ethnicities and income levels throughout Queens.

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) facilitates positive solutions to community and participant problems. To help children and youth access pathways to future success, we recognize that they need supportive services at every stage of their education. Thus, services for youth and families are designed to support their progress up the educational ladder, starting with pre-K, helping them to overcome barriers to educational attainment and work toward the career of their choosing.

Adults need job training, pipelines to employment, and access to services that help them care for children or dependent older relatives. We offer them a Home Health Aide (HHA)Training Program in both English and Spanish, and caregivers’ programs. As many immigrants face the challenge of learning a new language, we provide English for Speakers of Other Languages classes.

Seniors face nutritional insecurity, social and linguistic insulation, and obstacles to aging in place, such as finances and needing assistance with activities of daily living. The SCS intake/assessment process connects them to multiple services. They can join our robust senior center and its' recreational opportunities, mental health counseling, and case assistance services that help them access benefits and other resources. Homebound seniors, who are often isolated, benefit from a friendly visiting program, and case management. Additionally, our two affiliate home care corporations offer care for seniors and people with disabilities.

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Sunnyside Community Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amit Kalra

Gerald Lederman

Peter Tyndale

Ronald Cavalier

Sanket Bulsara

WilmerHale

Maureen Forster

Caryn Schwab

Kenneth Hankinson

Warren Cohen

Valeo Partners, LLC

Lillie Navarro

Shirley Stergiou

Paula Nesoff

M. Levin

Marie Konecko

Judith Steele

Robert McCreanor

Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Project of the Catholic Migration Office

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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Disability

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