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our mission

Project Lead is committed to assist in the fight against hunger, poverty, and illiteracy, support new arrivals to the United States of America and acculturate them into American society and to encourage young people to develop leadership skills and contribute constructively to their communities. It seeks to stimulate at-risk inner-city and émigré youth’ understanding of themselves and to promote ideas of community, democracy, and multiculturalism. We also seek to uplift needy families and frail elderly to enable them to remain independent and secure in their own homes.

agency history

Project Lead was founded in 1994 to assist the growing number of émigré from the Former Soviet Union and Iran, resettling in the Central Queens area, as well as poor, needy, and at-risk from all walks of life and every faith. Our core service group was émigré youth, where we strove to provide them and their families with acculturation services, recreational and socialization opportunities, homework help, mentoring, food and clothing assistance, and information and referral services. Today, our service activities have extended to uplift an increasing number of frail elderly, including Holocaust survivors, Nazi victims, émigrés, and other needy families.

Project Lead activities and programs are for people of all races, religions, and ethnicities who need help. We pride ourselves in providing quality human services in a dignified, professional, caring, and respectful manner.

Project Lead is committed to serving our clients as efficiently, courteously, and compassionately as possible. All of our employees and trained volunteers play an important role in maintaining a high level of service we provide. We seek to demonstrate mutual respect for one another in every interaction we have.

Project Lead PARTNERS

NYC Department for the Aging
jp morgan chase foundation
bourough of queens
caring professionals inc
NYC Department of Youth and Community Developement
food bank for nyc
nys office of children and family services
the sephardic foundation on aging
The New York City Council
blavatnik Family foundation
city harvest
sydney stern
met council
us bank private wealth management
the jewish federation

agency leadership & staff

Nina Alaeva - President

Rita Spiegel - Vice President

Marc Silbergleit - Treasurer

Rita Parnas - Director

Sam Yusupov - Director

Avrohom Hecht - Executive Director

Bella Tsibushkin - Administrative Coordinator

Yelena Kandkhorova - Family Services Specialist

Natalie Lerner - Holocaust Survivor Specialist

Leah Asherova - Elderly Services Specialist

Naama Asherova - Program Coordinator / Food Pantry Services

Elia Cole - Holocaust Survivor Services Coordinator

Khanan Abayev - Food Pantry Services

Aron Inoyatov - Food Pantry Services

Michael Horowtiz - Fiscal Services


Essential Volunteers

Larry Goldfarb

Sion Rafailov

Elchanan Yusupov

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