Social Services

Manual Breaks Down Gov’t Benefits for Immigrants

Manual Breaks Down Gov’t Benefits for Immigrants

Government, Immigration, Social Services October 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

The Immigrant Services Manual is designed to dispel some of the rumors and misinformation surrounding public benefits for city immigrants and their families.

William Rapfogel was charged with stealing from Met Council. His predecessor Dovid Cohen (right), resigned his current job running Jewish ambulance service Hatzolah. (Photo courtesy of the Met Council via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Scandals Tarnish Some Jewish Charities

Jewish, New York, Social Services October 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Experts believe that better oversight and shorter leadership tenures can deter fraud and mismanagement at Jewish charities, reports Josh Nathan-Kazis in The Jewish Daily Forward.

Community leaders attribute the financial crisis facing Latino nonprofits to rules imposed by the Bloomberg administration when it comes to accessing city funding. However, it's not only problems obtaining public funding. As in the case of the iconic Alianza Dominicana, its downfall came from problems within. (Photo by Zaira Cortes via El Diario-La Prensa)

Mismanagement and City Policies Trigger Latino Nonprofit Crisis

Government, Latino, Social Services October 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

The dependence of Latino groups on public funds has become problematic and put their financial future in limbo, reports El Diario-La Prensa. But it’s not only challenges from the city, some nonprofits also face internal problems.

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen the bond between Haiti and the U.S. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Spreading the Word on Haiti Via a Flea Market

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Environment, In the News, Social Services September 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen social and economic ties between Haiti and the U.S., reports Amsterdam News. On weekends, he’s actively promoting the cause – alongside the handbags and sunglasses of his stand at a Brooklyn flea market.

Tremaine Wright owns the Common Grounds coffee shop in Bed-Stuy, which has been a Safe Space for the LGBTQ community for over six years. “I think defining ourselves as such makes it a comfortable environment for everybody,” she said. “So that people don't feel like they can pick on any particular group or that they can ostracize anyone.” Wright is pictured in Brooklyn's Hebert Von King Park during the 3rd Annual Bed-Stuy Pride event on Aug. 17, 2013. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Brooklyn Bureau)

‘Safe Spaces’ for LGBTQ in Bed-Stuy Businesses

The Audre Lorde Project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, asks local businesses to become safe havens for the LGBTQ, a community which has had an uneasy relationship with police, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

Attendees watch performers at the Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair on July 20 at Crotona Park, one of the events organized by the new Bronx LGBTQ center to promote awareness. (Photo from the Bronx LGBT center via Norwood News)

New Bronx LGBT Center Takes Shape

Bronx, LGBTQ, Social Services August 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

A new Bronx LGBT center is hoping to fill the lack of a communal space in the borough after the last center shut down over a scandal involving a former executive director, reports Norwood News. The center also comes in response to a rise in reports of violent acts against LGBT people in the Bronx.

Bronx Luchadores Mix Fun with Social Services

Bronx Luchadores Mix Fun with Social Services

Bronx, In the News, Latino, Social Services, Sports August 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Members of the Bronx Wrestling Foundation entertain families at community events while teaching kids about exercise.

Susanna, 19, almost dropped out of high school citing a lack of support from "misinformed teachers." (Photo by Mica Scofield via Feet in 2 Worlds)

The Miseducation of Mexican NYers

Education, Mexican, Social Services July 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Mexicans in New York are the youngest and fastest growing group, but also have the highest dropout rate. A Feet in 2 Worlds podcast looks at contributing factors and efforts taken to combat it.

Kyndal Williams (left) is in between her sophomore and junior year at Gotham Professional Arts Academy and has not been successful in finding a summer job. It's hard to keep her granddaughter busy over the summer, says Kyndal's grandmother Lettie Edgerton (right). (Photo via GothamSchools)

Kids Left Out in the Cold for Summer Programs

Education, Social Services July 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

The disparity among parents in accessing or even just finding out about summer programs for their kids has left many children spending two months at home. With varying degrees of help from schools or demand exceeding supply for affordable programs, some parents struggle to keep their kids safe and occupied.

(Photo by Clementine Gallot, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Brooklyn Pantries Feel Pinch of Looming SNAP Cuts

Brooklyn, Food, Government, Social Services, Women July 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

With the advent of summer, Brooklyn food pantries see a surge in visitors, with almost two-thirds already reporting supply shortages, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. With cuts to the the food assistance program on the horizon, the Food Bank for New York City is bringing awareness to what the cuts would mean.

(Photo by Norman Oder via Brooklyn Bureau)

Budget Cuts Strain Library Branch Popular with Immigrants

East Asian, Education, In the News, Social Services June 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

The McKinley Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in caters to a heavily Chinese immigrant population. But, as Brooklyn Bureau reports, years of funding cuts have hindered a library that has the particular task of serving immigrant patrons.

(Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario-La Prensa)

Cuts to Food Benefits Could ‘SNAP’ New Yorkers

Food, Government, In the News, Latino, Social Services June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Budget cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would devastate the city’s poorest families, 19 percent of whom are Latino. Some of them speak to El Diario-La Prensa about their already draining situation

(Photo by Claudio Papapietro via Jewish Daily Forward)

Jewish Poverty Doubles in 12 Years

A survey has found that 20 percent of the New York area Jewish community lives in poor households, reports the Jewish Daily Forward, with senior citizens, children, and those from the former Soviet Union or Hasidic being the most vulnerable.

MTA’s Access-A-Ride Not so Accessible

MTA’s Access-A-Ride Not so Accessible

In the News, Latino, Social Services, Transportation May 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

The MTA’s failure to provide interpreters and translated materials to non-English speaking disabled and elderly passengers is leaving many out in the cold or scrambling for alternatives to use the vital Access-A-Ride service, reports El Diario/La Prensa.

Members of the Caribbean community worry about the increasing susceptibility of young people in East Flatbush to gangs. (Photo by Tom Giebel, Flickr Creative Commons License)

West Indian Youth Join Gangs to Fill Void at Home

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Crime, Social Services April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

Carib News finds community members worried that Caribbean youth have started turning to gangs as a result of a lack of attention and comfort at home, where working parents do not always have the time or resources to provide the care their kids need.