Social Services

Barry Chaffkin of Children's Corps (Photo by Heather-Ann Schaeffner/City Limits)

Supporting Child Caseworkers to Reduce Turnover

Government, Social Services, Youth January 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

An effort to improve conditions for New York’s child caseworkers has had some success, reports City Limits.

Korean middle school students are helping suffering patients by giving them bracelets of hope.

Bracelets of Hope Offered by Korean Middle School Students

East Asian, Health, Social Services January 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Three Korean middle school students made 700 bracelets to give patients hope for the New Year. Their good deeds have helped hospitalized patients for a few years, The Korea Times reported.

Martha Maffei: Advocate for Long Island Latinas

Martha Maffei: Advocate for Long Island Latinas

Latino, Long Island, Social Services, Women January 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Once a social worker in Peru, Martha Maffei has helped immigrant women who are isolated, unemployed or in crisis in Long Island communities, reports Zaira Cortes of El Diario La Prensa.

Ronnie Cortes and Kevin Garcia with son Mason. When their babysitter suddenly quit, it sidetracked Cortes’ career training. (Photo by Rosa Goldensohn/Brooklyn Bureau).

EarlyLearn NYC Program Fails to Reach Many Who Need It

Education, In the News, Social Services December 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau reveals some of the serious shortcomings of EarlyLearn NYC.

Bronx bodega Gourmet Deli offers a credit system to the customers it knows best who need it the most. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Hard Times Force More to Buy ‘on Credit’

Business, Latino, Social Services December 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Economic hardship has encouraged use of “on credit” purchases at bodegas, where customers may be allowed to defer payment for no more than $100 worth of purchases a week until a paycheck or pension check arrives, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Participants of the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, one of the Young Men's Initiative programs, at a trip to the New York International Auto Show. (Photo via official site of Young Men's Initiative)

‘Young Men’s Initiative’: Broad Mission, Limited Impact

Black, Government, In the News, Latino, Social Services December 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Three years into Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, City Limits examines the program’s effectiveness in helping men of color.

Surrounded by donations (Photo by Skyler Reid/Voices of NY)

Finding Trustworthy Middlemen for Filipino Relief

Locals who want to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan are carefully selecting which organizations they will assist.

WIC Vouchers for Cash, an Open Secret

WIC Vouchers for Cash, an Open Secret

Crime, East Asian, Social Services November 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

A raid on bodegas and delis in Chinese neighborhoods last week put the spotlight on welfare fraud involving recipients of WIC vouchers and store owners who found a way of abusing the government program that is suppose to help low-income children, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Rosario Arvelo receiving groceries at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario-La Prensa).

Many Can’t Afford Turkey for Thanksgiving

Economy, Food, Latino, Social Services November 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Unemployment, low wages and cuts to food stamp programs are making families struggle to make ends meet. Even charity organizations can’t provide proper Thanksgiving meals for those in need, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

Advocates from Vocal NY called for more aggressive action against Hepatitis C at a lobby day in Albany in June. (Photo credit City Limits)

Rise in Hepatitis C Deaths Prompts City to Act

Health, New York, Social Services November 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hepatitis C infection now causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS but receives a fraction of the funding, reports City Limits.

The Red Hook Initiative brings digital innovation to the working class neighborhood by setting up a community wireless network that is run by local residents. (Photo by Stephanie Deji/Red Hook Initiative via Colorlines)

Wiring Up Red Hook with Communal Wi-Fi

Brooklyn, Social Services, Technology November 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

In Red Hook, Brooklyn, home to the borough’s largest housing project, a community group has assembled a wireless network that is set up and maintained by local residents, and held a training program, bringing a bit more diversity to digital innovation efforts, reports Colorlines.

Hunger Grows in a SNAP

Hunger Grows in a SNAP

New York, Social Services November 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Food banks face troubles ahead in the wake of cuts to federal food stamps programs.

(Photo by Alan Cleaver, Creative Commons license)

Irish Groups Tackle Depression and Suicide

Health, Social Services, Western European November 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

There is a strong stigma against seeking help to combat depression in the Irish community in New York, reports IrishCentral, but community centers offer counseling, meditation and healing workshops that develop coping skills.

How Can Mayor de Blasio Help You?

How Can Mayor de Blasio Help You?

The city’s new mayor should ramp up programs for kids, help the homeless, improve housing and transportation, and in general do a better job of looking out for lower and middle income residents, New Yorkers said.

(Photo by Susan Sermoneta, Creative Commons license

Latinos Lose Another Nonprofit

Latino, Social Services November 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

The Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition has shut down after 34 years of providing programs and resources for families, as well as the city’s first community mediation program, reports El Diario-La Prensa.