Social Services

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.

(Photo via The Jewish Week)

Sanctuary Synagogues Band Together to Say ‘Never Again’

Immigration, Jewish, New York, Social Services March 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Two coalitions composed of synagogues and Jewish nonprofits across NYC strive to help refugees and immigrants as part of the sanctuary synagogue movement, reports The Jewish Week.

SAGE at 40

SAGE at 40

Featured Posts, LGBTQ, Seniors, Social Services, Video March 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Hear from some LGBT seniors who gather at the Edie Windsor SAGE Center.

Participants in the "Day without Immigrants" march in February 2017 in Hampton Bays. (File photo by Denise Civiletti via RiverheadLOCAL)

New LI Immigrant Rapid Response Network

Immigration, Long Island, Social Services February 26, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Members of the North Fork Rapid Response Network accompany immigrants to court proceedings and keep an eye on ICE activity, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

Attorney Gabriela Castillo, born in El Salvador, wants to re-launch county agency C.A.S.A. and move it out of the basement where it is based to offer a better service to Hispanics in Nassau.
(Photo via Noticia LI)

New C.A.S.A. Director Vows to Treat Nassau Latinos with Dignity

Latino, Long Island, Social Services February 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Attorney Gabriela Castillo, born in El Salvador, wants to re-launch county agency C.A.S.A. and move it out of the basement where it is based to offer a better service to Hispanics in Nassau, reports Noticia.

Rosa Santana (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

An ‘Urgent’ Need for Pro Bono Lawyers in NJ’s Immigration Courts

Immigration, Metro Area, Social Services January 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm

A member of a New Jersey organization that visits immigration detainees talks to Reporte Hispano about two recent deaths under custody, and asks the new governor for more pro bono immigration lawyers.

Fast food workers celebrate a wage increase alongside Public Advocate Tish James and Comptroller Scott Stringer. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Fast Food Workers Launch Support Organization

Labor, New York, Social Services January 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

More than a thousand fast food workers in New York City, many of them immigrants, joined forces in an organization that seeks to protect their rights, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

After Sandy, Resiliency in Red Hook

After Sandy, Resiliency in Red Hook

Brooklyn, Environment, Social Services, Video December 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm

BRIC TV takes a look at how residents of the Red Hook Houses are preparing for the next natural disaster.

Clara Cardelle has saved the life of several Latino men who have overdosed on heroin in Washington Heights. The Upper Manhattan resident, born in Cuba, has resuscitated addicts by injecting them with the antidote Naloxone. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

Saving Lives on a Washington Heights Corner

Health, Latino, Manhattan, Social Services November 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

The Washington Heights CORNER Project helps people suffering from opioid and heroin addiction in the largely Latino neighborhood, reports El Diario/La Prensa.

Members of the council, local workers and their families gathered Saturday for a tour of the facilities and a discussion of the programs and activities planned at the new center, followed by a Thanksgiving meal. Photo: Denise Civiletti via RiverheadLOCAL

A ‘CASA’ for LI Farm Workers

Labor, Long Island, Social Services November 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

The new Center of Alliance, Solidarity and Accompaniment in Riverhead aims to empower members of the large farm worker population on the East End of Long Island, reports RiverheadLOCAL.