Community Resources

This is a brief life of available resources in the tri-state area. If you need further information on additional resources, please contact your clinical case manager.


  • Project Hospitality: Provides food and shelters to those who are struggling financially.
  • Medicare: Provides temporary help to individuals and families with social service and economic needs to assist them in reaching self- sufficiency (1-800 633-4227) or hunger hotline Hunger Hotline (1-866-888-8777)
  • Medicare Rights New York:Explains your Medicare options and rights (212-869-3850) or (1-800-333-4114)
  • Salvation Army: Provides financial assistance, clothing, food pantry (1-718- 448-8480) or (1-718- 442-2145)

Legal Assistance

Meal Programs

  • Soup Kitchens: Free prepared meals in your neighborhood. Call first to confirm schedule. Some agencies may require a referral; call HRA Hunger Hotline a (1-866-888-8777) to learn more
  • Stapleton Union AME Church: (1-718-273-2857)
    Mon & Fri: 3 PM–4 PM, Wed: 12 PM–1
  • Staten Island Hunger Task Force: is a coalition of many Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens, temples, churches, and other organizations that concern themselves with making sure Staten Islanders get enough food. Meals on wheels available.
  • Food Stamps: Call (1-800-342-3009) to find the Food Stamp office nearest you.
  • Social Security Administration: (1-718- 816-5186) or (1-718-420-4660/4732)


  • Neighborhood Housing Services of West Brighton: Offers island-wide programs for low-interest home improvement loans.
    Contact Person: Martha Paternoster (1-718- 442-8080)
  • New York Urban League: Provide disadvantaged New Yorkers gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena.
    Contact Person: Josephine Tucker (1-718- 442-5579)
  • Northfield Community Development Corp. of Staten Island: Provides weatherization assistance program; home repair.
    Contact Person: Joan Catalano (1-718- 442-7351)
  • NYCHA Staten Island Applications Office: New York City subsidized housing programs for seniors and people with disabilities.
    Contact Person: Emily Gorden / Ms. Kim (1-718- 448-7326) or (1-718-657-8300)
  • Section 8 Information Line
    (212) 828-7103
  • Section 8 Offices
    Staten Island: (718) 556-2682
    Bronx: (718) 329-7701
    Brooklyn: (718) 250-9700
    Manhattan: (917) 492-8900
    Queens: (718) 393-7400

Emergency Response System

  • All Metro Emergency Response
    (1-800- 572-1700) or (1-718-671-1414)
    $75 to install $44 per month
  • American Medical Alert Voice Care
    $65 to install $30 per month
  • Poison Control: (1-800-222-1222)
  • Suicide Hotline: (1-800-273-8255)
  • Healthwatch – Lifeline: Visiting Nurse Association Of Staten Island
    24hr medical alert & personal security system
    Barrington burke-green, director
    S. Ruben rosario, technical coordinator
    Tel: (1-718- 442-4357), (1-718- 816-3494) fax: (718) 876-5145
    $100 program, installation & service
    $37 per month
  • Lifeline Emergency Response System: Provides 24 hour emergency response assistance for the disabled, the handicapped and the elderly. This services can also be used by those recovering from surgery, those having heart problems and diabetics
    (1-718-317-3296) or (1-800-865-4398)
  • Personal Alarm Security System
  • Brooklyn Union Gas: Gas Company
    Contact Person: Stanley Silverman
    Telephone: (1-718 403-2178)
  • Con Edison: Not-for-profit fuel buyers group. Home heating oil.
    (1-212-960-4800)(1-212 349-6460) (1-212- 349-8131)

Advocacy and Information

  • Americans With Disabilities Act: Provides information on disability rights laws.
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Care Cure: Provides information on managing therapies, routines, medication, supplies, equipment and everything else needed to maintain the spinal injured person in top health. CareCure has over 70 forums where you can discuss everything from life to legislation & advocacy, from sports and travel to pain, from computers to politics. Ask SCI-Nurses questions in the Care Forum, New SCI Forum, relationships and sexuality forum, Transverse Myelitis & Atraumatic SCI, and other forums.
  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association: Provide resources, services and peer support to survivors and their families.NYCSCIA works to enable people with spinal cord injuries to lead active, independent lives in their communities. Also, help individuals directly and funding equipment purchases for rehab centers around the metropolitan area, some of other programs include the Andrew Bryce Life Challenge Scholarship Fund, and our SCI Peer Support Groups.
  • Paralysis Resource Center: Promote health and well-being of people living with a SCI, mobility impairment, and paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services.

Counseling/ Mental Health Services/ Support Groups


Home Modifications and Accessibility


  • ACCESS-A-RIDE: call (1-877337-2017) Offers free or low cost transportation to people with disabilities.
  • Access-A-Ride Application
  • MTA Half Fare: Provides half fare cards for handicapped individuals of any age. (1-877-323-RIDE)
  • NYC Accessibility Guide: NYC guide to accessibility for everything from subways and stadiums to clubs and museums
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Creates Helpline for Travelers With Disability: or (1-855-787-2227)
  • Assist Ambulance Service Co.: Provides limited transportation on Staten Island. Person must make appointment 2 weeks in advance and must have doctor's note certifying appointment. (1718-927-2111)
  • North Shore Rescue Squad No. 1 Incorporated: (718- 720-4380)
  • Richmond County Ambulance Service: 24/7 Ambulance, call (1-718- 273-3555)
  • Tri-Borough Ambulance Service: Ambulance and ambulate services.
    Contact Person: Naomi Jacobson, (1-718 438-7001)
  • Volunteer Heart Resuscitation Unit & Ambulance Corp.: (1-718 979-5850)

Wheelchair Van Transportation Companies

  • Staten Island University Hospital (North Site): (1-718- 226-6392)
  • Staten Island University Hospital (South Site): (1-718- 226-2168)
  • Ford Mobility Motoring Site: Learn about $1,000 credit for adaptive devices on any Ford vehicle (1-800-952-2248)
  • IKAN Bowler: Wheelchair Bowling and Wheelchair Soccer
  • Freedom Designs: Adaptive seating and positioning systems to help accomplish optimal positioning

Support Groups

  • The Greater New York Chapter, NSCIA: The Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NYCSCIA) holds its monthly membership meeting and support group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Sinai Rehab Center. The meetings are held in KCC-2 (Klingenstein Pavilion, 2nd floor) in the Community Dining Room.
    Contact Info: James Cesario or John Moynihan 212-659-9369
    E-mail: nycspinal@nycspinal.org
  • Spinal Tumor Support Group: E-mail: supportgroup@neurosource.org
    This group meets every Friday from 1:20 to 2:50 p.m.
    Call for address and more information.
    Deborah Lamberti, A.C.S.W. 212- 223-7148
  • Spinal Cord Injury Network of Central New York: This group does not meet on a regular basis, please call for information.
    Tammy Bartoszek 315-464-2337
    E-mail: bartoszt@upstate.edu
    Maria Froio 315-247-0927
    E-mail: scin4cny@yahoo.com
  • Mount Sinai Hospital: Peer Mentoring Program is run by specially trained peer mentors; people with SCI/D who personally understand the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury.
    (1-212- 659-9369)

Community Programs and Recreational Opportunities

Computer Training

  • JCC: (718) 356-8113
  • Staten Island Recreation Center: (718) 816-6529‎
  • YMCA: (718) 981-4933 or (718) 227-3200
  • Jewish Community Center: (718) 356-8113
  • Staten Island University Hospital
    Center for Complementary Medicine
    242 Mason Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10305
    (718) 226-6125


  • Alice Austen House Museum and Garden:
    The Alice Austen House was built in 1690. In 1844 it was purchased by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen's grandfather. Today it serves as a museum dedicated to the photographer who documented life on Staten Island and around New York City during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
    2 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY 10305
    (718) 816-4506
  • Conference House:
    The Conference or Billopp House, located in Tottenville, was the host of a Revolutionary War peace conference between Americans Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge and British Representatives led by Admiral Lord Howe. Today the house, surrounded by a large bayside park, serves as a museum commemorating the unsuccessful negotiations.
    The Conference House
    7455 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY 10307
    Phone: (718) 984-6046
  • Historic Richmond Town:
    Take a stroll through history at this 100-acre village featuring buildings representing 300 years of Staten Island life, including the oldest schoolhouse still standing (built 1695). In season, costumed craftspeople re-enact life in colonial times, depicting typical chores, crafts, and trade
    Historic Richmond Town
    441 Clarke Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10306
    (718) 351-1611.
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art:
    This museum, founded in 1945, seeks to preserve Tibetan culture by encouraging study in the art, history, and cultural artifacts of Tibet. The museum contains over 1,200 pieces of art from Tibet and other Buddhist cultures.
    The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
    338 Lighthouse Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10306
    Tel: 718-987-3500
    Fax: 718-351-0402
  • Noble Maritime Collection:
    The Noble Maritime Collection is one of the country's most significant maritime collections. A maritime museum and education center with galleries, children's programs, library, archives and a working lithography studio. The collection focuses on the history of Sailor's Snug Harbor and maritime artist John A. Noble.
    The Noble Maritime Collection
    1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D
    Staten Island, New York 10301
    Telephone: 718.447.6490
    Fax: 718.447.6056

Performing Arts

  • College of Staten Island Center for the Arts: This state-of-the-art facility presents concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, films, and exhibits.
    CFA Box Office 718.982.ARTS/2787
  • Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Comprised primarily of young high-caliber musicians, MCCE is a consortium dedicated to the craft of chamber music.
  • Richmond Choral Society: For over 50 years the Richmond Choral Society has been presenting classical choral music on Staten Island. (718) 448-3656
  • Richmond County Orchestra: The Richmond County Orchestra(RCO) is a semi-professional orchestra founded in 1999 by Mr. Alan Aurelia, who is also is currently severing as music director/conductor.
    Richmond County Orchestra
    Snug Harbor Cultural Center
    1000 Richmond Terrace
    Staten Island, NY 10301
    Phone: 718-390-4306
  • Staten Island Ballet: The Staten Island Ballet presents full length classical and original ballets with its troupe of more than 20 international artists, including guests from American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov and Dance Theatre of Harlem. The SIB also conducts a professional ballet school, where nearly half its 120 students study free on scholarship. For information call (718) 980-0500.
  • Staten Island Chamber Music Players:
    Now entering their third decade, the SI Chamber Music Players perform regularly at Veteran's Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
    The Staten Island Chamber Music Players, Inc.
    27 Storer Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10309
  • Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre:
    For over 25 years the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre has presented the works of Shakespeare (and other playwrights, as well.) The theater is located on the grounds of Seaview Hospital at 460 Brielle Avenue.
    For ticket info, and reservations please call: 718-390-6616
  • Sundog Theatre: Sundog Theatre intends to provide to Staten Island with "local main-stage productions with paid resident actors, stage crew, and staff and a local haven for original works to evaluate and experiment with new plays and playwrights. (718) 816-5453
  • Wagner College Theatre: Every year the Wagner College Theatre presents a full season of dramas, comedies and musicals.
    One Campus Road, Staten Island, New York 10301
    Phone: 718-390-3100
  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children:
    The program currently is offered by SIRA from May through October at 599 Father Capodanno Boulevard. This therapeutic riding program is the only one of its kind on Staten Island that is sanctioned by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). For information about joining the program, call Mrs. Delmar at (718) 981-9251 or visit www.hooph.org.

Private Duty Attendants/ Aides

  • Hope Home Care, Inc.: (1-718-667-8510)
  • Aides at Home Inc. Best Care Inc.: (1-718-351-6543) or (1-718- 816-4242)
  • Caring Living Companions Elderplan: (1-718-494-6571)
  • Careful Steps Home Health Care, Inc.: (718-667-7741)
  • Family Home Care Services of Brooklyn & Queens: (Office will soon be open on Staten Island) 718-832-0550 or Fax: 718-965-7010
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York: (1-800-675-0391)

Private Pay/Home Care Brokers

  • Ashman Agency: (1-718- 287-2577)
  • Kaplan Agency: (1-718 338-2500)
  • Prescription Drugs Medicare Part D
  • Medication Assistance

Miscellaneous Resources