Dr. Neetu Jain was one of four peopled honored Nov. 15 at a General Human Outreach Gala in New York City. The “Diversity New York”-themed gala also celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary. Founded in 1992 by case worker Jane Ning Kuo, GHO provides culturally competent care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City’s under-served Asian American community.
Jain, an Indian American psychologist who specializes in intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been serving the community for over 20 years. She regularly coordinates faith-based, cultural and social events, as well as fundraisers. She is active politically, too, and was recently sworn-in as Democratic district leader, Assembly District 25 Part B, Queens, and is the only Indian American woman to hold the post. She is also president, CEO and founder of the International Ahimsa Foundation, Inc., which teaches non-violence and peace to schoolchildren.
Along with recognizing Jain, the event also honored Kuo, Dr. Young Seh Bae and lawyer Pauline Yeung-Ha for their dedication to the special-needs population.
“Diversity New York” was chosen as the theme as it reflects the contributions GHO makes throughout the diverse city. Along with providing culturally competent service to the Asian American community, GHO supports all cultural and ethnic groups in the New York City area.
For over 25 years, GHO has provided service coordination, individualized residential alternative housing, day habilitation centers, community inclusion support, employment preparation, training and placement, and support services and programs for the South Asian, Chinese and Korean American communities.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and Assemblyman-elect Daniel Rosenthal attended the gala, and a representative from Assemblyman David Weprin’s office presented a citation to GHO.