Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) based in Queens is a multifaceted organization serving one of the largest growing Spanish-speaking Latin American groups in the United States. In response to the growing linguistic and cultural needs, their program CARE NYC created a comprehensive targeted program to honor the differences in cultural, linguistic, family dynamics, and religious identities for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias seeking and receiving services. CARE NYC matches 1,400 caregivers annually to staff members who provide and connect them to a range of support services (i.e., counseling, support groups, education workshops, respite, and supplemental/financial resources) and community-based organizations in their native language.
With over 17 years of experience building community trust, immersing within neighborhoods, and serving hard-to-reach widespread Latino communities, CARE NYC has partnered with various community-based organizations such as libraries, ESOL programs, and churches to raise awareness among caregivers and medical providers who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the benefits of an early diagnosis for at-risk populations. Furthermore, with the aid of community partners, CARE NYC has also been able to expand their services to reach growing immigrant populations in the Forest Hills and Rego Park areas. CARE NYC continues to advocate for marginalized caregiving communities by holding public presentations, participating in advocacy campaigns, and appearing in multiple media outlets discussing caregiving topics (i.e., NY1 Noticias, Telemundo, and Univision) as well as bringing services directly to underrepresented and underserved communities in Queens.