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Friday, April 8, 2016
Deena Menendez of Hauppauge is beginning to undertake the long and rigorous training schedule that will eventually bring her to the New York City Marathon this November. The 26.2 grueling miles will be a quest for personal achievement, but more important to Deena is the cause she will be running for. Deena, who is a claims adjuster for GEICO in Woodbury, will be joined by runners from other corporations who support United Way of Long Island to form Team Mission United. The Team will run while raising funds and public awareness for Mission United, which serves active military and veterans... Read more
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
  By Matthew Burrier, US Army Veteran I am the oldest of two children born in Sacramento, California. Adopted at the age of eight with my biological sister, we grew up in the Hill Country of Central Texas.  In 2006, I graduated high school and embarked on a journey into the United States Army.  My mother, fearful of me being another statistic in the growing wars, insisted on helping me choose my future career field.  Her choice won, as it usually does, and I enlisted as a Chaplain’s Assistant.  My primary responsibility was as a bodyguard since Chaplains do not carry weapons in combat.  I... Read more
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
United Way of Long Islands The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund is a program that awards grants in the areas of Academics, Community Service, & Enrichment. These grants are awarded to students by students as the DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, is comprised of grade 7-12 students that work under the guidance of United Way of Long Island Staff.  When it came to her peers deciding on a worthy scholarship recipient, they quickly saw that Rachel Gladstone full filled all of the requirements needed and more. Rachel grew up with Caleb Smith State Park as her backyard. This is where the... Read more
Monday, March 28, 2016
A grateful mother's experience with the Long Island Head Start Program "I am very happy with the Long Island Head Start Program. The program has provided my family with the opportunity to create an early learning environment and gives a lot of support to my husband and I regarding my children's development. One of my kids started in the Long Island Head Start Program in February 2012. My husband and I were very happy when one of our two girls was enrolled. The next year my oldest child was accepted too. I became an expectant mother and was enrolled in the Expectant Woman's program. Now my son... Read more
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... Read more
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-... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more

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