WOMEN:The Emergence

  • Women as Family Pillars
  • Women as Culture Bearers
  • Women as World Class Leaders

We pay tribute to the Coalition for the Advancement of Filipino Women, Inc. (CAFW),founded by Raquel Zaraspe Ordonez, who in 1990 established this 501(c)(3) human services network of grassroots organizations and individuals from all walks of life, committed to improving the status of women, and their families and communities, through

  • Family, spiritual, economic and political empowerment
  • Youth support and leadership development
  • Citizenship education
  • Equity and equality in health care

We in The Nursing Office still echo this vision of the CAFW today,three decades later, “Striving for fair and just treatment of all categories of people, by creating opportunities and mechanisms to translate community resources and capacities into purposeful and meaningful actions.” Together with others, we continue to lay the foundation for this legacy “to realizethe common vision of a global community where equality, equity, justice, development and peace reign.”


AsSpring 2018 bursts forth with fresh breezes of a new year, the Dragon Gallery of new York/The Nursing Office Community Center celebrates “Women Emerging as World Class Leaders,” in paintings, photos, drawings, sketches from the personal collections of associates, supporters and friends.


The sub-themes of our Women’s Spring exhibit are: Women as Culture Bearers, Women as Community Leaders, Women as Family Pillars, to represent the heritage advocacy of the CAFW and all sister global movements that are empowering women to take their rightful place in a balanced, just and peaceful society.


Ludy Resurreccion




Birthing a "Helping Hand" with Marina Rojas


Support to Women and Minority Owned Businesses

Supporting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses:Saima Shah at the S&H Collections, Richmond Hill Community Center, 4/2016
Enrico's Foods A Taste of Health Everyday

Women's Reproductive Health

Women's Reproductive Health



“A powerful idea whose time has come”


The Nursing Office. Com in Richmond Hill, NY is uniquely positioned in its current location at 115-03 Atlantic Avenue, traversed by the A & J trains and accessible by three (3) bus lines to Jamaica, Queens Blvd, and Brooklyn. Richmond Hill is an enclave in New York City’s central southern Queens County, known to be the most richly diverse community, as almost all countries are represented here.  Asians, including Filipinos and Chinese, are 24%, second only to Whites (35%), and larger than African Americans (18%), Multi-racials (14%) and Other ethnicities (13%).  It is home to many South Asians like Indians and Pakistanis as well as Indo-Caribbean groups from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Hispanic groups from South America, like Colombia, Paraguay and Ecuador, among many others.


In these underserved communities aremany immigrant women, a majority who are isolated primarily by language, low literacy and low English language skills, as well as by social and physical environmental conditions, such as, large families, underemployment, and dependence on government benefits.As women of color, there is an increased necessity to supplement either their existing income (since they are often paid substantially less than the national average) or creating a primary source of income.


Rationale:According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurs Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report, issued by Babson College & Baruch College, American women entrepreneurs ranked their well-being higher than other women in the U.S., higher than women entrepreneurs in other countries, and higher than men.  Clearly it is getting established that entrepreneurship is a path of happiness for women.  Women entrepreneurs control what they pay themselves, exert influence and power, and control their time.


What is good for women is good for the economy.  In this spirit, The Nursing Office.com (TNO) and the Philippine Community Center Services for Aging (PCCSA), through its program WOMB, seeks to reach out to the immigrant women in the adjoining neighborhood, consisting mainly of Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Filipinos, Guyanese and Hispanic women.


Vision: To see Minority Women starting and growing their own business, supported by Office Space-sharing, Training, Mentorship and Funding.




1.To offer low-cost, inexpensive Office Space to women entrepreneurs doing simple service tasks, like alteration and repair of clothes; or sale of affordable apparel; personal cosmetic services; taxation services& financial consultancy; employment referrals; care-giving services; housekeeping & cleaning services, etc.


2.To access and/or conduct training, mentoring events, sessions, meetings with resources, such as successful women entrepreneurs or business owners, to inspire & motivate immigrant women in their business endeavours.

3.To assist and/or enable women entrepreneurs to structure their business as a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Liability Company or Corporation.

4.To encourage, train and mentor women entrepreneurs to be eligible for M/WBE (Minority/Women Business Enterprise) Certification, as

  • Authorized to do business in New York State.
  • At least 51% owned, controlled and operated by US citizen(s) or permanent resident(s) who is/are member(s) of a designated minority group(s) including Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific, and Asian-Indian OR a woman or women.
  • An eligible business also must have:
    • Been selling products or services for a period of at least one year prior to the date of application.
    • A real and substantial presence in the geographic market of New York City, which includes the five boroughs of New York City and the following counties: Nassau, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester in New York, and Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic in New Jersey. Businesses located outside of New York City must have a significant tie to the City's business community (e.g., have derived 25% or more of gross receipts from business conducted in the City, possess a license issued by the City, etc.).


Assistance Services and Program:

  • Business Development
  • Legal & Financial Set-Up Development 
  • Quality Control
  • Costing
  • Recording
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing

Note: If a business is M/WBE or LBE certified with one of the NYC Department of Small Business Services' partner organizations, the business may be eligible to submit a Fast Track Application. Businesses that have previously applied for M/WBE Certification or are currently under review with the City of New York are not eligible for a Fast Track Application. Before beginning this application, businesses should contact the organization with which they are certified with to find out whether they qualify for a Fast Track Application.

The NYC Department of Small Business Services' partner organizations are:

  • New York City School Construction Authority
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 
  • Women President's Educational Organization
  • New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Inc.

For more details on women-owned business, references include: 

Growth of Women-Owned Businesses: The Effects of Intangible Resources and Social Competence by Crystal X. Jiang (Bryant University), Monica A. Zimmerman (West Chester University), and Grace Chun Guo (Sacred Heart University)

Summary:  Previous research suggests that women entrepreneurs face many challenges in starting and growing a business. In this study, we examine the relationship of intangible resources and the growth of women-owned businesses. We focus on four intangible resources: social-, human-, and reputational capital, as well as social competence. Using case studies of women entrepreneurs, we found that a woman entrepreneur’s social-, human-, and reputational capital are related to the growth of her business. We also found that social competence moderates the social-, human-, and reputational capital – growth relationship in women entrepreneurs.




More than 20 years later, CAFW’s 3-pot symbols transformed into realities in the lives of the women who inspired the artist: culture bearers, family pillars, and community leaders. 


After Raquel Z. Ordonez passed on in 2005, co-founder IrviSulit consequently formed Toburan Wholistic Health Initiative.  Years later in 2011, inspired by the book Raquel wrote, “Challenging the Health Care Apartheid: Equality and Equity for People of Color,” co-founder Ludy Resurreccion partnered with Myrna D. Santos, RN, to expand The Nursing Office.com which Myrna had started in 2006.  Most recently (2016), CAFW supporter Gilda T. Sambajon, RN, formed HTS International BANIG SA BOOD, Inc.: Civics and Culture Center: An Oasis of Integrative Artsto benefit children and seniors in her hometown in Bohol, Philippines.


Growing, expanding, and creating more pots, The Nursing Office.com has extended services to women in Richmond Hill’s Pakistani women; connected with the UN’s Pan Pacific & South East Asian Women Association (PPSEAWA), NY Chapter; supported younger generations of Filipinos of UNIPRO, Queens Memory Project & My Baryo, My Borough Story-telling Project.


Most importantly, in 2016 The Nursing Office.com supported The Philippine Community Center Services for Aging, Inc. (PCCSA) with founder Consuelo Almonte, in offering programs and advocacy for seniors and elderly people.