About Us

Riis Settlement builds and strengthens underserved communities in Western Queens and acts as a catalyst for change.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement is a community-based non-profit organization providing comprehensive services and programs to youth, families, immigrants, and seniors in western Queens. The organization was founded in 1889 by the renowned Danish social reformer Jacob Riis. Today, Riis Settlement provides integrated social, cultural, educational and health programs to a yearly average of 4,000 individuals across eight sites. Our goal is to ensure that community members have the tools and resources they need to achieve social and economic success.


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