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Mission

QARI's mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services including adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public and other community organizations.

 
 
 
 

History

Founded in 2001, QARI is the go-to center for Asian residents in Quincy, such that they refer to us simply by our street number. A friend says to a friend, “Oh, just go to fifteen-oh-nine, they can help with that.”

(Left to Right) Former South Cove Community Health Center representatives, current State Rep. Tackey Chan, former Norfolk District Attorney and Congressman William Keating, former QARI Executive Director Kao Li, current State Rep. Bruce Ayers, former Senator and current Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey

(Left to Right) Former South Cove Community Health Center representatives, current State Rep. Tackey Chan, former Norfolk District Attorney and Congressman William Keating, former QARI Executive Director Kao Li, current State Rep. Bruce Ayers, former Senator and current Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey

In 1998, prompted by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, seeking to invest in communities of color to develop new service agencies, and with the support of the city,  Sheri Adlin, Rosemary Walhberg and Beth Ann Strollo (former and current executive directors of Quincy Community Action Programs), Peter Jae (Chinese school teacher and activist), Betty Yau (Yau’s Marketing and activist), Mary Sweeney (Vice President of Strategic Services at Quincy Medical Center), and Tackey Chan (Current State Representative and Former Quincy Asian American Association President and aide to Senator Michael Morrissey) agreed to form the Quincy Asian Collaborative (QAC). 

This led to over 30 meetings held over 3 years with Asian and non-Asian community members, South Shore human service agencies and city government.  The QAC discovered that Quincy Asian residents were not maximizing utilization of existing services and that there were services needs not being fulfilled.  The QAC concluded that a new not for profit needed to be formed to provide services not currently being provided (“fill gaps”) and to provide information and referral for Asian to local services.  The report was provided to the United Ways of Massachusetts Bay, which approved a 3 years grant to funding an agency.  Through the work of the QAC they were able to receive an additional 3 year grant from the Harold Brooks Foundation.  On November 20th, 2001 Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. was incorporated.  Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. is a collaborative effort of community leaders, South Shore service agencies and city and state government.  This “three legged” model supports the entire Asian community and continues to do so today. 

Since then we have developed a broad array of services to serve this population: we provide multilingual information and referral, adult education, youth programs, and organize city-wide cultural events to the benefit of Quincy and its diverse newcomer population.

Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

 
2011 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

 

Quincy Center - Main Office: 1509 Hancock Street, Suite 209, Quincy, MA 02169 (617) 472-2200

North Quincy - Satellite Office: 275 Hancock Street, Suite 206, North Quincy, MA 02171 (617) 481-4843

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Quincy YMCA - New Satellite Office: 79 Coddington Street, Quincy, MA 02169 (617) 479-8500