Collaborating To Bring Needed Services
The circular building on the corner of Redfern Avenue and Nameoke Street has been owned by First Baptist Church for over 20 years. It was purchased through the vision of the late Rev. H. O. Scott, Jr. The building was used for a number of functions; summer youth programs, after-school programs, gospel concerts, weddings, and most notably it was the site of the "Jesse L. Jackson for President" kick-off campaign.
After the death of Rev. Scott the building stopped being used so frequently and has sat mostly undeveloped for the past few years.
The Trustee Board of First Baptist Church was approached by the Addabbo Health Center wanting to put services in an underserved area. New York City Housing Authority joined in the collaboration, and the Access Site for Facilitated Enrollment was opened in the Fall of 2002.
The Addabbo Center has fully renovated a portion of the building at 2500 Nameoke Street into a first class suite of offices. Anyone needing health insurance can now come to the site where they are offered a modern comfortable setting in which to apply for Child Health Plus, family Health Plus and Medicaid. They also receive assistance in filling out all applications.
"This is so appropriate to have the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center as our tenant," remarked Viola Akers, Chairperson of First Baptist Church Trustee Board. "Considering the great friend the late Congressman Addabbo, Sr. was to our Pastor Rev. Scott and the entire First Baptist Church family, we welcome Addabbo to our community and look forward to the needs of the uninsured being met."
"The New York City Housing Authority is pleased to be a part of this collaborative, Our many residents residing in the Redfern Houses should be first partakers of this much needed service. We have pledged to continue to work very closely with the Addabbo Health Center to reach our many tenants in all our developments throughout the peninsula," added William Traynham, Community Operations for NYCHA.
Assembly Member Titus noted, "I remember coming here for my first summer youth job. This building has a great history and an even greater future."
District Leader Bob Simmons added, "Congressman Meeks was able to get funding to do a study of the Far Rockaway area. The study showed that Far Rockaway will one day be a business/shopping hub. With the Long Island Railroad directly around the corner from this structure, it will one day be prime real estate."