Coalition for Far Rockaway Sets Goals For The New Year
year, the Coalition for Far Rockaway (CFR) is rebounding with a new agenda
of goals that the organization believes
will better serve the Rockaway community. "We've been around about nine
years," said Harvey Gordon, the president
for CFR. and the executive director of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula. "[The
overall goal] is to try make the community
a bit better." He continued by saying "The agenda
for the coalition is what we shape,
whatever we can bring up." At its first meeting on March 8, the coalition and its members centered on
healthcare in the Rockaways and the
peninsula's state of preparedness in
case of an emergency - two issues the
Community Relations Council said the
coalition's agenda "reflects what Far
Rockaway is all about." He explained, "Health care has been
a focus of the coalition all along because
of the health partners out here." Kaplan said disasters such as the
tsunami in Asia in December 2004 and
Hurricane Katrina on the gulf coast
last year, has shown that "Rockaway is
just sitting here, but people have been working." In the past, CFR has worked to end
the cycle of poverty for young women in Far Rockaway with it Women's
Economic Empowerment project.
In 2004, The Wave reported on workshops CFR held on such topics as domestic violence (with Queens Legal Services Corporation), starting a small business and financial literacy. In August 2004, CFR's Women's Empowerment Committee hosted a Far Rockaway Benefits and Information Fair.
In addition to putting together a list of objectives for the future, CFR is now looking to increase its membership.
Some of the over 20 agencies that are currently part of the coalition are the Addabbo Family Health Center, Bayswater Civic Association, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Far Rockaway and Inwood Ministerial Coalition, St. John' Episcopal Hospital and Peninsula Hospital Center.
Local elected officials have also lent their support to CFR.
The next meeting for the Coalition for Far Rockaway will be on April 26 at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center at 1288 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. Contact Teresa Scott at (718) 327-7755 (ext. 13) if your organization wishes to attend.