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  • This publication of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger includes information on programs such as Food Stamps, WIC and School and Senior Meals, as well as a directory of soup kitchens, food pantries on Staten Island.
  • A schedule of the many different A.A. group meetings on Staten Island.
  • Contact information for Amethyst House, a halfway house for women in recovery from alcoholism and substance abuse.
  • A nonprofit leadership organization created to help unite New York Citys diverse Asian American communities by providing community services and identifying critical needs of Asian Americans. The Federation offers management, financial, and technical assistance to 35 member agencies and other emerging organizations that directly provide health and human services to the public.
  • Goodhue Center is a community center that has been providing services to the Staten Island community since 1912. The Center's beautiful 42 acre facility, made up of woodlands, ballfields, outdoor pool, pond, gymnasium, computer Learning Center and Center building, is the perfect setting for the many recreational, educational and mental health services offered which include Afterschool, Summer Day Camp, Teen, Tutoring, Nature, Sports and School Vacation Programs.
  • A list of links to local and national domestic violence resources.
  • Free English classes in branch libraries on Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx.
  • A non-profit social service organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy and their families. Program services are available to residents of New York City and Westchester County.
  • Links to local food pantries.
  • The Spanish language version of "A Guide to Free Food and Assistance-Staten Island," published by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
  • A comprehensive directory of web links and online services for all sectors of the public and private health and human services field. Links to information for and about older Americans, children and families, medical and health services, mental health and substance abuse services, disaster relief, and minority services.
  • Information about appointing a health care agent to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
  • Listing of resources includes program descriptions, contact, eligibility requirements, costs, and populations served. Includes health and human services, community resources, additional contact numbers, and special media organizations.
  • "The Staten Island Inter-Agency Council for Aging (IAC) is an advocacy group established to identify and address the needs of Staten Island's elderly population. The Inter-Agency Council for Aging is comprised of over 65 organizations whose mission is to facilitate and promote programs and services for our aging population."
  • JASA offers the following elder abuse services to older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties: counseling and legal representation for elderly abuse victims by attorney/social work teams, development of safety plans, and support groups.
  • JASA offers case management at 21 social service offices throughout NYC and Long Island. Services include help in securing services such as home care, EISEP, transportation, and long term care.

  • JASA offers the following services to older adult immigrants living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties: assistance with naturalization, English and civics classes, and cultural programs.
  • Included in JASA's range of social services offered to older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties are mental health services and caregivers respite services.
  • "Meals on Wheels of Staten Island, Inc. is a private not-for-profit agency whose mission is to provide two nutritious meals each day to those 60 years of age or older who can no longer shop for or prepare their own meals. The price is reasonable and the service is reliable."
  • 311 provides access to non-emergency City government services. All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and services are provided in over 170 languages. Dial 311 from within the City or (212) NEW YORK outside of the five boroughs. TTY service is also available by dialing (212) 504-4115.

  • The New York City Coalition Against Hunger represents the more than 1,000 non-profit soup kitchens and food pantries in NYC, and the more than one million low-income New Yorkers who are forced to use them. The Coalition works to both meet the immediate food needs of low income New Yorkers, and enact innovative solutions to poverty to help them move "beyond the soup kitchen" to self sufficiency.
  • New York State Department of Health site includes facility characteristics and summary reports on inspections, complaints and enforcement activities.It allows users to compare homes according to various measures of quality.
  • A free 24-hour hotline service that provides information about the custody status of caller-specified inmates in New York City Department of Correction jails and initiates automated notifications to registered callers about the release of those inmates.
  • A citywide household preparedness campaign that offers a comprehensive suite of tips and information designed to help New Yorkers better prepare for all types of emergencies.
  • Information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration in Spanish
  • Offers peer-led support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families, and friends. Services include hotlines, survivor-led support groups, wellness programs, educational forums, outreach programs, and advocacy activities.
  • Information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration
  • Database of many private and public organizations that provide health, as well as other, services in the New York City area.
  • Founded in 1987, New York Cares provides volunteer projects that are hands-on, team-based, and flexibly scheduled, embracing virtually every volunteer interest.
  • Information on public benefits programs and tax credits available to working families, including child care, health care, food/nutrition programs, Head Start and pre-Kindergarten, housing subsidies, and help with utility bills.

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