The Northeastern Conference Adventist Community Services (NECACS) Center has been serving the Corona community of Queens, New York, since its reopening on June 17, 2013. At the NECACS Center, they offer a food pantry, clothing distribution, disaster response, free health screenings, and community development (job referrals, immigration services, and notary public).
This past May, the NECACS Center hosted its first-ever Mother’s Day brunch with about 55 women in attendance. The event was held in the center’s main gathering room, where the mothers were treated to poems, songs, interactive giveaways, and a meal, and every attendee received a basket of fruits. The extra fruit baskets were served to other women in the community.
Participating at the event was Keicha Gosling, the NECACS center director; W. Fitzgerald Kerr, the NECACS department director; and Mireille St. Pierre, the Northeastern Conference Women’s Ministries department director, who gave a word of encouragement to the women.
At the end of the program and during the following food-pantry distribution days, the guests who attended the Mother’s Day Brunch expressed their gratitude and contentment with the program. One mother said, “It was a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed the program. Thank you for thinking about us.” Another mother said she really enjoyed the program and was particularly thankful for the information about God and for the opportunity to have someone pray for their needs. Many others were grateful for an opportunity to be catered to and to socialize with others.
The NECACS Center goes beyond meeting people’s immediate physical needs and also helps to satisfy the social and spiritual needs of the many clients who oftentimes feel alone and hopeless as they fight their daily battles.
“We want to say, to God be the glory, great things He hath done! We say thank you to Northeastern Conference and its leaders for their ongoing support. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers, who deny themselves and their own personal duties, to be co-laborers with us and God in doing His work,” said Tachica McCoy, NECACS Center operation assistant.
Adventist Community Services Center Staff, Northeastern Conference