We are excited to announce the development of our Tree of Life Center, a new mixed-use, 174 unit residential apartment building in Jamaica, Queens.

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The purchase of block 09793, lot 0078 and in partnership with the Bluestone Organization we will construct on the site a mixed-use building comprised of:

• 174 units of mixed housing rental apartments

• Approximately 9,500sf of community facility space

• Approximately 15,000sf of social service facility space

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The new construction will be connected to Magill Hall and FJCUDC will be assuming responsibility for the FPCJ food pantry; weekly community dinner and expand the services to include:

Educational and Skill developmenT: 

Computer Literacy, GED, ESL SAT Preparation, Tutoring.  Preparation classes for city entry level tests e.g. NYPD, Transit, Corrections, FDNY, LPN training.

The Provision of Financial Literacy and economic opportunitieS:

The programs seeks to help low-income and immigrant families access the economic supports necessary to establish credit, resolve past credit problems, reduce debts, learn more about financial budgeting and increase their financial security by saving and investing.

The Provision of Financial Literacy and economic opportunities:

The programs seeks to help low-income and immigrant families access the economic supports necessary to establish credit, resolve past credit problems, reduce debts, learn more about financial budgeting and increase their financial security by saving and investing.

The Promotion of Health and Positive Images:

We will build on the screenings for cancer and diabetes which are currently run at the church.  In partnerships with Community Health Network and Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) health services will be expanded.  We will also provide basic make-overs for someone preparing for job interviews e.g. clothing, haircut, manicuring.

Strong community advocacy

Utilizing the Industrial Areas Foundation model of community organizing, individuals will be trained to organize for power so they and other residents can address local issues which impact their lives.

Spiritual and moral development

Using religious practices, small group experiences and life change classes, individuals will be challenged to strengthen their will and change their behavior.