Faith-Based Community Development in St. Albans, Queens

Client: St. Albans Congregational Church
Faculty: Martha Galvez and David Margalit
Team: Julia Kwun-Bai Chan, Jane Pei Duong, Meredith Elizabeth Hermann, Stephanie Kirschner
Year: 2006
The Capstone team created a community development plan for St. Albans Congregational Church (SACC) that will leverage its two major assets - a community facility and commercial retail space - for community development in Southeast Queens. The project recommends possibilities for the SACC to market their community facility, strengthen their niche in the neighborhood and more fully utilize their existing assets based on a needs assessment of residents as well as existing retail and services in St. Albans. The plan also suggests alternatives for capacity building based on other faith-based models in New York City.