Success Stories

Success Story: William Brandon
William Brandon has been coming to Riis Settlement’s Queensbridge center for the past 11 years. Originally from Belize, seventy-three year old William has been living in New York City since 1974. In 1981 he moved to the Queensbridge community. He originally moved to New York City in hopes of gaining treatment for his vision which was impaired during a work-related accident in 1927 in Belize. William has been legally blind for the majority of his lifetime but has not let that stop him from living an enriching and eventful life.
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Profile: the Story Behind Riis Settlement’s Nellie Pettway

Nellie Pettway has been part of the Riis Settlement family for many decades.  Her spirit and remarkable personality have left an imprint on everyone in the community.  Yet while almost everyone knows her and her affiliation with the Gee’s Bend Collective, very few know the personal history behind her famous quilts.

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65 Years of Marriage and Almost 60 Years at Riis Settlement

Nowadays, it is rare that one hears about couples who have been married for 65 years. But Frances and John D. Smith Jr. recently celebrated that amazing milestone, made even more incredible by the fact that nearly 60 of those years have been spent living in the Queensbridge Houses and actively participating in Riis Settlement’s wide array of activities and services…

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