The Mission of the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center
The mission of the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center is to provide a multi-purpose facility and services for senior in our community that will enhance their quality of life. We promote physical well-being of seniors in our community through nutrition, education and health with our programs. We are also here to help the community benefit from resources in knowledge, experience, wisdom, skill, concern, energy and service of its older and seasoned residents.
The History of the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center
In 1973 the members of Zeta Zeta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. realized the need for a recreational, educational and cultural program for the growing senior population in the Cambria Heights community. Seeking a vehicle that would provide an opportunity to give back to the community in which they were raised and nurtured, the Alphas hit upon the idea of sponsoring a senior citizens center. After several meetings with other community organizations, church and civic leaders, the Fraternity moved to create and incorporate the non-profit entity know as the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center, Inc. On March 17, 1975 the Center officially opened its doors to service the seniors of the community, in rented space in the basement of the Cambria Heights Community Church and began functioning under contract with the New York City Human Resource Administration. The Center had for its main objective the enabling of its members to maintain their independence in the community by providing a family type setting in which a wide range of services could be made available. The program revolves around a nutritionally balanced meal served five days a week at lunchtime. Representatives from various City, State, and private agencies are brought in to share vital information with the members that impact on their daily living. Agencies such as Fire, Police, Health and Social Security head a long list of regular visitors to the Center. In 1995 the Center’s Director and Board of Directors approached the Salvation Army about the possible sale of their building located on the corner of Linden Boulevard and 220th Street. The building was acquired in December of 1996 and construction of the new facility began in the spring of 1997, utilizing a mix of funds from the State and City of New York. Construction waxed and waned over the next several years in accordance with the availability of capital funds. Finally in November of 2006, the Center officially began operations at the new site. Since that time the Center’s membership has more than doubled necessitating an increase in activities, services and educational experiences. Tax counseling, driver education classes along with computer, arts and crafts, sewing and quilting classes are now offered on a regular basis.
Zeta Zeta Lambda Chapter website
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.