New Community Center Inaugurated for South Asian Council for Social Services in New York
SACSS Indian American executive director Sudha Acharya speaks at the ribbon cutting for SACSS’ new community center. (photo provided)
India-West Staff Reporter
FLUSHING, New York – Congressperson Grace Meng, New York state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and John Liu, Assembly Member Nily Rozic, Queens Borough president Donovan Richards Jr., Deputy Queens Borough president Rhonda Binda, and New York City Councilmembers Peter Koo, Daniel Dromm, and Barry Grodenchik jointly inaugurated the South Asian Council for Social Services’ new community center Aug. 12 with a ribbon cutting.
Located in the heart of Flushing, the center is a two-story building with a finished basement from which SACSS, a 20-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underserved Indian American and South Asian and other immigrants, according to a press release. The center will offer an expanded food pantry, more space for senior immigrants to gather, and increased health access, among other services.
At the ribbon cutting, Meng commended SACSS’s exceptional work in responding to the needs of the community, saying, “The center is for the community, which is not limited to South Asians, SACSS works for all immigrants who need them.”
Sudha Acharya, Indian American executive director and founder of SACSS, thanked the efforts and generosity of the elected officials, donors, and many others. “It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. We now know that it takes a city to raise a community center, city with a small c, and the one with the big C,” she said, adding that it was a dream come true, especially in light of the huge and continued need for services such as the food pantry as a result of the pandemic, and the devastating impact it has had on immigrant communities.
In 2020, SACSS served more than 30,000 people struggling to feed their families, pay their bills, stay healthy, and survive, noted the release. All SACSS services are free and offered in18 languages spoken widely among South Asian and other immigrant communities.