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Stories - Community Impact

Monday, March 28, 2016
Joshua, a 15 year old high school sophomore, was struggling with staying on track towards earning a high school Regents diploma. With a 2.0 GPA and several behavior incidents throughout the school year, Joshua was facing possibly suspension and risked not being promoted to his junior year of high school. His mother, Lori, approached Littig House after hearing the success of the Youth Council and College/Career Exploration program to see if Joshua could enroll in the program. Joshua, who was reluctant to participate at first, felt he wasn't being heard by those around him. Assigning him to a...
Monday, March 28, 2016
Joseph’s wife Helen is living with progressive MS and uses a wheelchair. Some years ago, as a devoted husband, Joseph began attending a support group offered by the National MS Society -Long Island Chapter. He quickly became a dedicated and regular member. As time moved on the group was no longer able to continue to meet due to a turnover in volunteer leadership which caused membership to dwindle. Joseph, who saw the value of the group both for himself and Helen, stepped forward to ask how he could help. Joseph participated in training offered by the National MS Society and has been the well-...
Monday, March 28, 2016
James became homeless after his mother passed away. He lived in a tent in the woods that he pitched. After three years of living outside, James turned to Maureen’s Haven for warmth and safety during the winter months. For two years James took advantage of the winter shelter program but always returned to the woods as soon as the weather warmed up. As James trust in Maureen’s Haven staff grew he decided to sit down with a case manager to discuss supportive housing options that could lead to permanent shelter. A little over a year ago James moved into permanent housing where he is doing very...
Monday, March 28, 2016
Recently the Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee received a call from a mental health advocate who was calling the Legal Support Center for Advocates (LSCA) on behalf of an elderly father and his son. The advocate informed us that an elderly client with mental illness and who was also forgetful had gotten himself into severe financial straights. Despite support from his son and a reverse mortgage to help him supplement his income, he had failed to pay the real estate taxes on his home during the past year which could result in a foreclosure and jeopardize his housing. Despite his confusion...
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Ten years before calling CancerCare, Abe K was diagnosed with HIV. Abe was ashamed to let anyone know about the disease, so he instead told his large loving extended family that he had lung cancer so they would not be suspicious when he began treatment. Abe also dreaded the idea that an HIV diagnosis would cause his family to estrange themselves from him. Abe felt the best way to handle his situation would be to begin a separation with his family and deal with his medical condition on his own terms. Ten year later, this past year, in a touch of painful irony Abe was diagnosed with late stage...
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Each year young men and women between the ages of 10-24 come to the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch in Riverhead. Students are placed in the Timothy Hill Ranch residential program usually in a desperate time of crisis that causes them to face difficult times in school resulting in poor attendance, study habits, classroom behavior and reading levels. On a monthly basis, the staff at the organization's Learning Center have students write an essay about where they came from and where they are today.This serves not only as a writing assignment, but it also is therapeutic. This affords the student...

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