Social Services

Imani House in Liberia, parent to Brooklyn's Imani House (Photo via The Amsterdam News)

Helping Fight Ebola

African, Brooklyn, Health, In the News, Social Services September 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Brooklyn’s Imani House is trying to raise $75,000 to help its Liberian clinic upgrade an isolation clinic to help treat Ebola victims, the Amsterdam News reports.

Rivington House (Photo via the Lo-Down)

Op-Ed: Confronting New York’s ‘Disjointed Economy’

In the News, Manhattan, Opinion, Social Services September 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

An op-ed in The Lo-Down describes changes in Lower Manhattan as emblematic of the city’s “disjointed economy” and urges efforts to overcome divisions between the homeless and the needy, and city residents who have insulated themselves.

Marianne Friedman, women’s program director at Rescue Mission. (Photo by Rosa Kim via Downtown Express)

A Welcome Shelter for Women

Manhattan, New York, Social Services, Women August 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm

A women’s shelter at the New York City Rescue Mission has provided a welcome since the summer, Downtown Express reports.

Senior Health Programs for ‘Aging Tsunami’

Senior Health Programs for ‘Aging Tsunami’

Government, Health, New York, Seniors, Social Services, Video July 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Initiatives like a Puerto Rican dance workshop and a summer pool workout keep the city’s growing senior population healthy and active, in this episode of Independent Sources.

(Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Make the Road NY: Filling a Community Need

Immigration, Latino, Long Island, Social Services July 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm

La Tribuna Hispana speaks with Irma Solís, a community organizer with Make the Road New York.

Raúl Kahayarix Ríos, a Puerto Rican activist living in Harlem, says that he was called by the orishas five years ago. (Photo by Mariela Lombard/El Diario)

How Santería Turned One Man’s Life Around

Santería, with its roots in the Yoruba mythology of western Africa, has elaborate rituals which help to center its adherents, El Diario reports.

Thirty-five percent of girls at La Vida es Preciosa (Life is Precious) suffer sexual abuse, increasing their risk of suicide. (Photo via El Diario)

Suicide Haunts Latina Youth in NYC

In the News, Latino, New York, Social Services, Youth July 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The recent suicide of a 14-year-old Ecuadorean highlights the challenges and problems some young Latina immigrants face, El Diario reports.

Building lot at East 138th St. and Third Ave. (Photo by Joe Hirsch via The Mott Haven Herald)

New Mott Haven Housing Project Opposed

Bronx, Housing, Social Services April 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

The developer says city subsidies require that 30 percent of the apartments be allocated to HIV tenants and others requiring social services, but community board members object, reports the Mott Haven Herald.

(Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Improving Oversight of Child Welfare in the City

New York, Social Services, Youth April 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Gladys Carrión, the new commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, hopes to improve the agency’s reputation, City Limits reports.

(Photo by Karla Ann Cote via Brooklyn Bureau)

How Hospitals Provide a Refuge

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services March 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Some hospitals are increasingly serving as refuges for people who “can’t or won’t” go home, filling an unmet need for social services, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

Gisela Concepción complained that she cannot understand the signs posted by NYCHA in her building because they are in English. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via EDLP).

Failure to Translate Can Be Tragic

Housing, In the News, Latino, New York, Social Services March 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

City agencies are required to offer translation services, but there are serious enforcement problems, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by Astrid Westvang, Creative Commons license)

Sheltering Both Domestic Violence Victims and Their Pets

In the News, Metro Area, Social Services, Women March 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Ulster County, N.Y., will soon implement a program for victims of domestic violence that will offer shelter to both the victims and their animal companions, La Voz reports.

President Jinchul Kim and the restaurant's owner Jinseong Choi are explaining the campaign at Parksanbal Babs Restaurant.

Offering a Helping Hand With a Bowl of Hot Soup

East Asian, Queens, Social Services February 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

A campaign that offers free soup to those in need hopes that the recipient will “pay it forward” and help someone else have a warm meal, reports Korea Daily.

Arsene Ortega is one of the 1.9 million SNAP recipients in New York who have suffered cuts in their benefits. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario/La Prensa)

New SNAP Reductions Cut Deeper

Food, Government, Latino, Social Services February 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Ana Nieto of El Diario/La Prensa checked on the impact the latest round of SNAP cuts is having.

The Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Woodside, Queens, serves more than just Filipinos. Volunteer Jonna Baldres, mentioned in the story, stands second from the left. (Photo via The FilAm)

Funding Low, Future Uncertain at Filipino Immigrant Center

In the News, Queens, Social Services, Southeast Asian January 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Serving not just the Filipino community but also Latinos and South Asians, the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center is fundraising to keep the immigrant haven running, reports The FilAm.