Social Services

Sandra Martínez and her son Adrian. (Photo by C. Vivar via The Bronx Free Press)

Puerto Rican Families: Living in Limbo

Bronx, Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Queens, Social Services July 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

The Bronx Free Press talks with families displaced to NYC by Hurricane María last fall, who are making new living arrangements as FEMA support runs out.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

New Jersey Campaign Collects Aid for Venezuelans

Metro Area, Social Services, South American July 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm

The Misión Venezuela campaign in a New Jersey church is collecting and sending critical aid to impoverished Venezuelans, Reporte Hispano reports.

Volunteers assisted Dominican applicant Alberto Jorge (right) and his son Jorge Alberto (left). (Photo by Pablo Ayerra via El Diario)

600 Immigrants Receive Free Counseling at Citizenship Now

Immigration, Latino, New York, Social Services July 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Hundreds of immigrants, the majority of them Hispanic, obtained free citizenship counseling from volunteers and lawyers at the 16th edition of Citizenship Now!, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Seniors partaking in BCAA activities in Sunset Park. (photo via Sing Tao Daily)

The 30-Year Saga of the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association

Brooklyn, East Asian, Seniors, Social Services June 18, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Sing Tao Daily looks at 30 years of supporting the Sunset Park community by the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association.

Herbert Quinones, overdose prevention trainer for the NYC Health Department, right, gives an opioid overdose rescue kit to one of roughly 50 volunteers who attended the free training session. (Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

‘Shake, Shout and Rub,’ Call 911, Then Administer Naloxone

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services June 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm

Opioid overdose prevention training – which includes training in how to administer life-saving naloxone nasal spray – is being offered at Brooklyn libraries, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Chef Yolanda Yax expresses her gratitude for the large amounts of donations made for the victims of the volcano eruption in Guatemala. (Photo provided to El Diario)

Guatemalans in NY Come Together to Help Volcano Victims

Guatemalan organizations and volunteers in the tri-state area are working nonstop to promptly send supplies to people affected by the Fuego volcano eruption, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Sabrina Morales and Andrés Castillo, two of the scholars who got into Ivy League schools. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

Nonprofit Helps Latinos Get into Top Universities

Education, New York, Social Services June 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm

White Plains-based nonprofit Latino U College Access helps first-generation Hispanic students to enroll and graduate from college, Westchester Hispano reports.  

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

US Peruvian Groups Form a Coalition in NJ

Metro Area, Social Services June 1, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Peruvian organizations in Paterson, New Jersey, joined to organize a national convention of institutions to better manage the help sent by Peruvians abroad, Reporte Hispano reports.

At the opening ceremony, Ikea Williams performed pieces from her book “Chrysalis: Not Quite The Butterfly” on being a homeless LGBT youth in Jamaica, Queens. (Photo via LIC/Astoria Journal)

LGBT Center for Youths Opens in Woodside

LGBTQ, Queens, Social Services, Youth May 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

The AIDS Center of Queens County recently opened an LGBT Youth Drop-In Center in Woodside for at-risk young adults, reports Long Island City/Astoria Journal.

The Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center (Photo by Lem Peterkin via Amsterdam News)

New Community Center Honors Prince Joshua Avitto

Brooklyn, Social Services, Youth May 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Nearly four years after Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, was stabbed to death in an elevator, East New York residents gathered for the opening of a community center named in his memory, reports Amsterdam News.

Aida Lucero (far right) was able to become a legal resident thanks to the U visa, which applies to victims of domestic abuse. She received support from Latin Women in Action. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

Ecuadorean Obtains Legal Residence after Suffering Domestic Abuse

New York, Social Services, Women May 17, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Queens-based legal aid group Latin Women in Action helped an Ecuadorean woman and her kids receive permanent resident status in the U.S. as victims of domestic violence, Noticia Long Island reports.

Cecilia Lezama has lunch every day for only $1 at an East Harlem senior center. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Struggling Undocumented Seniors Find a Lifeline in City Programs

New York, Seniors, Social Services April 24, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Elderly undocumented immigrants who stay in New York despite lacking social security benefits survive thanks to city programs such as those offered by public hospitals, senior centers and the congregate meals service, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Herbert and Virginia Kee at a function of the political club they helped co-found, the United Democratic Organization, in 2015. (Photo via The Villager)

Chinatown Leader Herbert Kee Dies

East Asian, Manhattan, Social Services April 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm

The Villager describes the numerous contributions of Dr. Herbert Kee who, along with his wife Virginia, founded the Chinese-American Planning Council, the largest Asian-American social services organization.

Immigration court on Varick Street. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Legal Assistance for Immigrants Leads to Fewer Deportations

Immigration, New York, Social Services April 6, 2018 at 5:35 pm

A report by Syracuse University reveals that New York is the state where the largest number of immigrants have free legal assistance, leading to a rate of deportation that is half of Texas’, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Cholo Organization (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

NJ Group Gives Scholarships to Peruvian Youths

Metro Area, Social Services, South American, Youth April 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm

At New Jersey-based nonprofit Cholo Organization, students raise funds to provide grants to low-income students of Peruvian descent, Reporte Hispano reports.