Queens Community House (QCH) was established in 1975 in the wake of heated confrontations that erupted over the advent of low-income housing in Forest Hills. Our initial charge was to heal a divided neighborhood through the provision of social services, intergenerational activities, and local leadership development. Almost 40-eight years later, QCH remains committed to the personal growth of the people it serves and to the creation of self-reliant and inclusive communities. Our scope has expanded, however, to serve a multitude of interconnected "communities" throughout Queens, defined by such factors as geography, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. QCH today provides support to 25,000 people of all ages and nationalities through a network of programs operating in 11 neighborhoods; we continue to follow our mission of providing neighborhood-based services that underscore the common needs and aspirations of an increasingly diverse borough.