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Greater Chinatown Community Association
Well-being, Community, Education
Greater Chinatown Community Association (GCCA) betters the well-being of the Chinatown community within New York City through unique, individualized program services. Established in 1972, the GCCA has long since been a pioneer and innovator in the provision of resources and assistance.
Some of the most common problems our economically disadvantaged and underserved population face are: illiteracy and language barriers, unemployment, lack of social benefits, and poor health conditions. Statistics indicate that in 2000, the New York Metropolitan area had the largest Chinese population in the United States. Of this population, more than 60% had limited English proficiency and 22% lived below the poverty line. GCCA strives to combat these deficiencies.
GCCA provides English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) education, computer training, and civics/government classes to help participants prepare for the U. S. citizenship interview as well as to help refine their English language skills. Many of our clients take our computer training courses to upgrade their job qualifications.
GCCA operates a free medical office three days per week. The service targets those uninsured and/or dependent on Medicaid or Medicare, Acupuncture/ Massage Therapy and Chinese slow-motion Tai-chi exercise are offered to individuals with chronic illness and pain.
GCCA sponsors special events during: Chinese New Year, Senior Citizen Recognition Month, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Christmas. We also organize on-going events such as: daily TV movie shows, monthly Birthday Parties, monthly Tea Parties, a Thanksgiving Food Drive, a yearly visit to the GCCA-owned group cemetery in and a holiday meal distribution drive on Christmas and Mother's Day.
GCCA provides information, applications, referral, and advocacy to help adults and seniors obtain public benefits and social services. These include: Social Security Information, food stamps, Medicaid, housing, tax refund, translation and emergency fund assistance.
Greater Chinatown Community Association (GCCA) was established on July 1, 1972 as a response to the explosion in Chinese immigration that resulted from the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Father Louis Tchang, a priest at the Church of the Transfiguration, New York City, directly witnessed this populations’ influx and recognized their dire need for services and community. Along with the consent of local pastors, sisters and community members, a proposal was drawn for a Chinese Apostolate Office and Chinese community center.
The service center would become an outreach of the Archdiocese of New York and a service to the Greater New York Community. GCCA was established in the heart of Chinatown allowing the staff of the Chinese Apostolate to engage directly with the community.
Upon its opening, GCCA provided assistance to the Chinese elderly in various ways such as social security, Medicare, and housing information and referral as well as personal assistance. The office also acted as a drop-in center where the elderly could congregate for socializing and planning of group activities.
Today, GCCA has expanded its services to include services benefiting a broader Chinese population. GCCA offers unique, individualized personal services to hundreds of individuals including the elderly, immigrant and adult population. Since its formation, GCCA continues its mission to improve the quality of life for the Chinese population residing in New York City most needing assistance.