HISTORY

The New Life CDC’s mission is to meet the needs and cultivate the strengths of the poor and marginalized in Central Queens through community building and a demonstration of the love of God.

ONLY AN IDEA

1980-85

Pete Scazzero studies community development models. Pete learns from the teachings of John Perkins. Pete values the role of the church in launching community development programs.

MOVING INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

1986-90

Pete and others respond to the needs in Corona Queens NYC. New Life members engage homelessness, health, youth and workforce development. Frontline, ??? forms.

FORMATION AND INCORPORATION

1991-95

New Life CDC incorporates and is birthed among the poor. Programs such as Bridge to Life, the Learning Academy, ESL form. Bill Green, John Fodera, Carmen Corea, Don Seibert, Dave Jennings, Pam Toussaint, Vicki Jelich, Lisa Humes, Carlos ??? are instrumental in the early years of New Life CDC.

PAINFUL SETBACKS

1996-2000

Bridge to Life closes.

Don Seibert passes.

Class tensions surface at New Life CDC.

Beats-n-Blessings launch.

FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

2001-05

The Learning Academy ends.

New Life CDC Board forms.

New Life CDC finds a permanent home in the former Elks Lodge.

The Health Center and the Food Pantry formalize.

TRANSITIONS AT NEW LIFE

2006-10

Significant funding is cut off from New Life CDC.

Beats-n-Blessings closes.

First full-time Executive Director is hired.

Elmhurst Listening campaign is executed.

NEW LIFE AT NEW LIFE CDC

2011-15

Youth development programming expands.

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Storytime!, Mentoring, Young Governors form.

Booster Club academic enrichment forms from Listening Campaign.

Number of individual donors hits high of ???

Health Center applies to be a primary care facility.

Food Pantry and Health Center offers hot food and hot showers.

LOVING THE PEOPLE AND PLACE

2016-PRESENT

Reinvestment comes alive through community gardens and murals. Success Groups project launches.

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