The New York Bar Foundation Presents Grant Checks
The LYC/Project PATCH annual summer institute for educators
was held at Touro Law Center, Central Islip, June 30-July 3. The institute is
funded, in part, by The New York Bar Foundation. Judge James Hudson gave the
opening remarks, and The Bar Foundation Fellow Chair Emily Franchina was on
hand to welcome the teachers and guests, and present the foundation check to
PATCH Director David Scott. Teachers take 30 hours of classes in law-related
and civic education. The institute has partnered with the NYSBA Law, Youth
& Citizenship Program for over 30 years. Shown left to right: Northport Principal Irene McLaughlin, PATCH
Director David Scott, and Emily Franchina. To make a donation to LYC or other Foundation funds click here.
MFY Legal Services, Inc.
MFY Legal Services, Inc. received a grant for its Kinship Caregiver Law
Project. It is the only project in New
York State dedicated to meeting the legal needs of kinship caregivers for
assistance with custody, guardianship, adoption, public benefits, visitation,
and long-term planning for care emergencies.
The primary goal of the project is to help low-income kinship caregivers
provide a safe and nurturing home for children in their care by resolving legal
problems and to promote family stability when biological parents are unable or
unwilling to care for children due to incarceration, mental illness, substance
abuse or other reasons. A secondary goal
is to prevent these children from being placed with non-relatives in the formal
foster care system.
Shown L to R: TNYBF Board Member, Earamichia Brown; MFY Executive Director, Jeanette Zelhof; and Supervisor of the Kinship Caregiver Law Project, Barbara Graves-Poller.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
A grant check was presented to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House for its
Legal Services for Older Adults Project to provide legal services and community
education to older adults. The program
provides education, information, advice, assistance and legal representation to
low-income older adults, who otherwise would have nowhere else to turn for
holistic legal and social services. Shown
L to R: Attorney, Katy Ramsey; The New York Bar Foundation
Board Member, John Horan; Health Care and Benefits Advocate, Helen Ruan;
SNAP Advocate, Damaris Delgado, Health
Insurance Enrollment Coordinator, Angelika Gutierrez; Program Administrative
Coordinator, Emily Kan; Chief Program Officer, Carolyn Silver; Legal Fellow, Amy Sanderson (behind Carolyn
Silver); Senior Housing Attorney, Lauren
Sismondo; Housing and Benefits Advocate, Ariela Lovett; and Director of Legal
Advocacy, Diane Lutwak.
The Association of New York State Youth Courts
The New York Bar Foundation
presented a grant check to the Association of New York State Youth Courts for
their 2014 Youth Court program. This opportunity will help participants to collaborate, learn and share new and innovative best
practices. Shown L to R: Student,
Noah Falk; Student, Zainub Amir;
Co-President, ANYSYC, Katrina Charland; Foundation
Board Member, William Keniry, Esq.; Bethlehem
Youth Court Board of Directors, Secretary and Albany County Probation
Department Supervisor, Jennifer Miller; and Bethlehem Youth Court Board of
Directors and Assistant US Attorney, Adam Katz.
The Feerick Center
The New York Bar
Foundation presented a grant check to the Feerick Center
which will be using the funding for their CLARO Papers and Interactive Form Project to create model papers and computer generated interactive forms for
assistance with consumer debt collection issues. Shown L to R: Professor John D. Feerick, The
New York Bar Foundation Board Vice-president, Lesley Rosenthal; Chairperson of the Advisory
Board of the Feerick Center, Fern Schair; and Executive Director to the Feerick
Center, Dora Galacatos.
Center for Court Innovation
The Foundation's grant will support the Center for Court Innovation’s Youth Courts in Harlem and Greenpoint, programs which train teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and advocates for real-life cases involving their peers. These programs use positive
peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses learn accountability and repair the harm caused by their actions. The Foundation’s support will also provide chronically truant students and their families with the services and
resources they need to remain in school and avoid charges of educational neglect in family court. Shown L to R: Deputy Director of Youth Justice Programs, Dory Hack; Senior Director of Youth and Community Programs, Raye Barbieri; President of The New
York Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Cristine Cioffi, Esq.; and Director of Planning and Development, Jillian Shagan.
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY, Inc. (LSED)
The grant will support their efforts at developing an Elder Shelter in Erie County. According to LSED, many elder abuse victims are not appropriate for traditional domestic violence shelters, due to underlying medical issues. Victims of abuse often languish
in hospitals, where they become increasing confused and frail. The end result is that many abuse victims are sent to long term nursing homes permanently. The objective of the shelter is to create a network of local facilities who will accept short term
admissions, while project partners work on finding alternative, safe long-term housing. The shelter will be the first of its kind in Western New York and one of only 4 statewide. Shown L to R: President, SSG, Bruce Reinoso; Foundation
Board Member, Sharon Stern Gerstman, Esq.; and Executive Director of LSED, Karen Nicolson.
HIAS will use the grant for funding for their Legal Interns for Asylum Seekers Project (LIASE). Shown L to R: Lead Advocate, HIAS, Simon Wettenhall; Policy & Programs Coordinator, HIAS, Amanda Wald; President, New York Bar Foundation,
Cristine Cioffi; and Staff Attorney, HIAS, Aleksander Milch.
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice
The organization will use these funds to continue its critically important collaborations with county Departments of Social Services and local advocates in developing and implementing agency policies designed to help low-income persons with disabilities
have meaningful access to welfare, health, nutrition, housing, and emergency services programs, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shown L to R: Board Member of The New York Bar Foundation, Susan Lindenauer; NCLEJ Executive Director, Henry Freedman;
President of The New York Bar Foundation, Cristine Cioffi; and NCLEJ Senior Attorney, Greg Bass.
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