2011-03-23 / Front Page

Free Legal Services For Queens Residents

(L. to r.); Director of the YMCA’s New Americans Initiative Diosdado Gica Sr., Executive Director of the Cross Island YMCA Dana Feinberg, Councilmember Mark S. Weprin and CLRN’s Special Projects Manager (sitting) with a client.
Photo Cross Island YMCA(L. to r.); Director of the YMCA’s New Americans Initiative Diosdado Gica Sr., Executive Director of the Cross Island YMCA Dana Feinberg, Councilmember Mark S. Weprin and CLRN’s Special Projects Manager (sitting) with a client. Photo Cross Island YMCACouncilmember Mark S. Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) in partnership with CUNY Law School’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and the YMCA of Greater New York’s New Americans Initiative is bringing the strength of 330 members of the State Bar to provide legal services on issues related to immigration, housing and employment at the Cross Island YMCA.
“CUNY is the only law school in the country with the explicit mission of training lawyers to become public interest attorneys and serve the greater good. We have found in the YMCA a partner who shares our mission and values, and its position as a trusted ally here in Eastern Queens will enable us to support the poor and disadvantaged,” CLRN Director Fred Rooney said.
Services will help immigrants achieve literacy, cultural competence and self-sufficiency through a wide array of instructional, vocational, recreational, family support and social services. At six New Americans Welcome Centers and 15 community sites, including the Cross Island YMCA, the initiative delivers adult literacy, ESOL/ABE, computer literacy, job preparation and citizenship preparation to thousands of immigrants each year.
“CUNY Law School is providing a great service here at the Cross Island Y. I urge anyone who needs these legal services to take advantage of them,” Weprin said.
CLRN will offer appointments on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose.
Saturday appointments will also be available once a month.  For an appointment, call 718-479-0505.


    
 

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