QUEENS, NY–The Desi Senior Centre in Queens which opened last December is thriving, according to media reports. It is a partnership project between India Home and Jamaica Muslim Centre. It was realized thanks to a $100,000 grant from Councilman Rory Lancman of Queens, whose district has one of the largest South Asian population in New York City.
The center which is open three days a week, offers culturally relevant services to these seniors. Programs are conducted mostly in Bengali, with a variety of activities for the seniors on a day-to-day basis. It is currently housed in the Jamaica Muslim Centre.
The program is attended mostly by Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants but is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Anyone 60 and above can attend.
It feels good to come here,” said one of the vistors to the centre. “My mind feels refreshed.”