Staten Island Nonprofits Involved in Disaster Relief

Non-Profits Involved in Disaster Relief or Sustaining Damage on Staten island

Project Hospitality

In addition to meeting the immediate needs of storm victims, Project Hospitality will have the longer term challenge of establishing a new warehouse to replace the one destroyed by the hurricane. The organization has long advocated for affordable housing on Staten Island which will be a serious issue in light of the number of people displaced by the storm. Project Hospitality’s programs include Homeless Prevention Services, providing a safety net for Staten Islanders experiencing emergencies and prolonged poverty.  In addition, Project Hospitality provides youth services, specifically among immigrant and youth of color; domestic violence services; and immigrant services.

Community Health Action of Staten Island

The mission of Community Health Action of SI is to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities challenged by health disparities related to poverty, and lack of access to care. They provide medical care coordination; emergency food and benefits; and other related services. The Community Health Action of Staten Island mobile health unit provides important relief during health emergencies on Staten Island.

Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York

They administer 2 important community centers on Staten Island, one on the South Shore in the immediately storm-impacted area. Their services include hunger relief through a network of emergency food programs.

Jewish Community Center of Staten Island

One of the largest social service agencies on Staten Island serving over 30,000 Staten Islanders per year.  For over 80 years, the agency has provided essential services to people throughout the entire community.  These services include: adult education, immigrant programs, daycare, after-school programs, activities for children with special needs, day camp, teen services, and services for senior adults.  The JCC has a presence in 32 different locations island-wide including a mid-island Community Health Insurance Program office.

Richmond Senior Services

Their staff members are participating in immediate relief efforts. Their programs include Project SHARE, a shared housing program for seniors and developmentally disabled adults over 45; a home repair, emergency repair, and accessibility modifications program; and a food pantry that serves approximately 1200 persons monthly that includes benefit referrals. This kind of expertise will be essential to Staten Island communities in the long term. (718) 816-1811

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens

The largest adaptive reuse project in America, consisting of 28 buildings, many housing independent non-profit arts organizations. Located on Staten Island’s North Shore waterfront, it is located on a NYC Parks Department property of over 60 acres which sustained significant storm damage. Snug Harbor’s  annual attendance rate of over 280,000.

Staten Island Mental Health Society

Provides mental health related services for Staten Island children, adolescents and families including outpatient and day treatment programs; alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment services for adolescents, on site school-based mental health clinics, after-school programs, Head Start and Day Care, family support and preservation services, and developmental disabilities diagnostic and treatment services. One of their centers is located in NYCHA’s Berry Houses within the storm-impacted area.

Richmond University Medical Center

The sole hospital not in a flood zone on Staten Island. The hospital regularly handles a large volume of uninsured patients and those numbers are anticipated to increase dramatically as this emergency continues. In addition to the main campus, there are additional outpatient services and behavioral health services.

Staten Island University Hospital

Located within the storm-impacted area. A significant amount of hospital staff living in the area have been displaced. SIUH and Staten Island’s other private hospital, Richmond University Medical Center are vital to this community, particularly because Staten Island is the only borough without a public hospital. SIUH has 714 beds at two acute care facilities.

St. Christopher’s Parish Community Center

They serve a community of middle and low income residents in the storm-impacted areas of Grant City, Dongan Hills, Midland Beach, and New Dorp.  Many of these families have lost homes. The community center has established an emergency food pantry.

The Staten Island Moravian Churches

working out of Castleton Hill Moravian Church, hopes to help deal with the overwhelming out pouring of donated clothing on Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy.  They have 9 years of experience sorting and distributing clothing in an efficient and organized way running their own clothing distribution. Clothing needs will continue throughout the winter but at present there is no way to deal with the volume of the donations.

YMCA of Staten Island

Have opened its facilities to displaced residents and those without power. It is anticipated that the YMCA Counseling Services will be needed by those suffering trauma and related mental health issues in the months to come.

Food Bank for NYC

Sent 3 emergency truckloads of food to Staten Island before the storm hit and is anticipated to continue its expanded services to Staten Island for the duration of the crisis, not only to the storm devastated communities but to local pantries that are experiencing increased demand due to power outages across the borough. Food Bank will be conducting a needs assessment of its more than 800 food programs in the regions, including over 30 on Staten Island. Food Bank is coordinating with the United Way to help impacted families access food stamp benefits. They maintain 3 free tax preparation centers on Staten Island in order to assist poor families to submit tax returns.

City Harvest

Has a significant role in assisting with food distribution throughout the storm crisis. They have taken a leadership role in strengthening the capacity of The Staten Island Hunger Task Force, a coalition of local food programs. Staten Island has been one of City Harvest’s targets of their geographically focused program, Healthy Neighborhoods, which helps transform low-income areas by increasing access to healthy nutrition.

Salvation Army of Greater New York

Operates two community centers on Staten Island: The Port Richmond Center and the Stapleton Center. In addition, they have a thrift store that has been involved with the effort to manage the overwhelming donations of clothes to assist with recovery. The Salvation Army has been appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to coordinate food distribution. In an effort to move towards recovery, they have re-opened their after-school program and are preparing to meet increased demands to assist families in the devastated neighborhoods for furniture and other household items.

Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

Provides home delivered meals to a current census of about 1,000 seniors and have managed to maintain services throughout the crisis despite significant challenges due to lack of power, increased needs, gas shortages, and barriers for their over 400 local volunteers. Staff nurses ensured the safety of all meal recipients within the first days of the crisis. www.mealsonwheelsofsi

New York Cares

Has greatly expanded their participation on Staten Island in recent years, developing local partnerships and expertise which has allowed them to respond effectively to disaster relief by mobilizing volunteers in the effected neighborhoods.   New York Cares is committed to the long term efforts that will be needed to clean neighbors and offer expertise regarding engaging, training, and maintaining volunteers.

In addition, The Staten Island Foundation is participating in the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation