Bena Homecare Agency Inc., opened its new office, which is locate at 116-07 Liberty Ave., co-named Little Guyana, in Richmond Hill, Queens, after a celebratory ribbon-cutting on July 30.
Bena Angelini, a businesswoman, who worked diligently to realize her American dream after migrating from Jacob and Esau, a small village in Michony Creek on the East Coast of Demerara, in Guyana, was applauded for her entrepreneurial spirit, during the festivities, attended by elected officials.
“Congratulations to our Bena,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams of District 28. “This community is great because of people like you, who continue to give their best of service to District 28,” said Adams, calling Angelini a staple in the community.
“We are proud of what you have done, and continue to do,” said Adams, who lauded the businesswoman for outgrowing a smaller space where she started out over ten years ago, to a new spacious environment, for the benefit of the community.
“Thank you for supporting me, and opening your door to me, you have been a sister in this journey of service,” stated Adams, who presented a New York City Council Citation, that complimented Angelini for her lifetime of philanthropy and community service, and, an esteemed citizen in New York.
Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar, the first South Asian Hindu woman elected to serve in District 38 also, presented Angelini with a citation, commending her as an Indo-Caribbean American businesswoman who will continue to thrive on “Little Guyana Avenue.
“She represents the best of our community, and our new power through her dedication and entrepreneurial spirit. She’s been helping during the pandemic, making sure health needs are met. I will be with you every step of the way said Rajkumar, who thanked Angelini for her exemplary home care services carried out in the Bronx, Kings County, Queens New York and Richmond Counties.
Bena Homecare Agency, that provides, around the clock in-home essential services to the elderly affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, Hypertension/Stroke Recovery Heart Disease, Cancer Recovery, Hospice/Palliative support, and offers companionship and Physical Assistance, respite care and many other services, was presented with a Citation from the office of Assemblyman David Weprin, that recognized the compassion and generosity shown by Angelini.
District Leader, Richard David, in turn, said he admires Angelini’s steadfast community work, calling Angelini’s newest achievement, a tremendous accomplishment. He supports what she is doing for the community at the new location, noting that the growth is a vote of confidence for Liberty Avenue, especially during the pandemic.
‘This is a business that will save our lives. You are a Guyanese woman who rock for the community. We need to support her in Richmond Hill, said David, who added, he would stand behind Angelini’s tremendous business.
Angelini, who was successful in acquiring 50,000 facemasks she requested from Mayor Bill deBlasio’s office, was recognized, by the politician.
Senior Community Liaison, Rohan Narine, in handing over the Honor, praised the humanitarian, for providing healthcare services during the pandemic. He said her nurses worked tirelessly throughout the five boroughs, and beyond, to make sure residents get the compassionate care they needed.
Additionally, she provided PPE to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and delivered free meals to healthcare workers in hardest hit communities, such as Richmond Hill, all while keeping pace with the demand for healthcare.
Long time friend, Andrea Ogle, newly elected for the November ballot of County Justice, and who has served the community for over twenty years, said she experienced, firsthand the incredible work Angelini has done in the community over many years, and thanked her, and staff for their commitment to helping the less fortunate.
Assemblywoman Alicia L. Hyndman, of District 29, called Angelini who is one of 65 applicants to qualify for the NY CDPAP Medicaid program a dedicated community leader.
Hyndman congratulated Angelini, noting that the businesswoman stayed in her neighborhood after becoming successful, and told supporters, to bless Bena Homecare Agency with prayers every day. I will be there to help you. It is not easy for Women in business, said Hyndman, who is of Guyanese lineage.
Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, who served as master of ceremonies, described Angelini as a beautiful, inspiring lady in the community, who after leaving Guyana, journeyed to Trinidad & Tobago, before caring for the elderly in New York.
“She outgrew her other location because of the love support, and encouragement of the community. It is wonderful to see someone expand. She is living her American dream today, on Little Guyana Avenue.
This is what the United States is all about, living your dream, reiterated Dr. Narine.
The celebration, attended by a wide-cross section of the community, received prayers from Hindu Priest Sukdeo Maharaj, Muslim brother, Salim, and Christian blessings, from Abosede Akingbade Thomas.
Gopal paid loving tribute, to his cousin, Angelini, before the businesswoman was celebrated with a drumming salute by the New York Tassa Alliance.
Chief Executive Officer Bena Angelini, then thanked the gathering for their support, and spoke of her success as an entrepreneur in Richmond Hill, before presenting staff members with Certificate of Appreciation.
Abosede Akingbade director of patient services, Jonathan Rupnarine, Account/Compliance officer, Hemankoemar Somai, marketer/intake, and Bowantie Mansingh, Deowatti Dukhram, coordinators, received gratitude, for their service to Bena Healthcare Agency, Inc. licensed by NY State Department of Health.