Hot Bread Kitchen is a nonprofit business that offered employee health coverage, yet CEO Jessamyn Rodriguez was searching for better options: That's when she called CSS’s Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) for help.
“It’s really important to be able to get around New York City. There should be some MetroCard exemptions or concessions for individuals below a certain income threshold.”
A series of tough hardships left Shari R. without a job or a home for herself and her two young children.
“You get discouraged when you think, ‘I don’t have enough money to get to work.’” Read how help with transit made all the difference for Leatrice.
"Many people in the community don’t know how to apply for the public benefits that they are eligible for. They feel so relieved when I can help them. That's my happiest moment!”
"These children are dealing with so much, it’s good to be able to offer a few moments to play, talk, decompress. And let them know they are important."
Suzanne arrived at CSS days after being diagnosed with breast cancer. “When you hear that for the first time you’re just overwhelmed.” Learn how she got the coverage she needs.
Says Jessica K.:“It’s very important to get physicals and yearly exams, so if there were to be a problem, you can catch it early on. Young people need health care just as much as anybody else does.”
Emilio caught the flu and lost his job. Thanks to a new law in New York City, workers like Emilio are protected if they have to miss work due to illness.
"I help these young guys to focus on their homework and get it done. Kids need to know they can achieve. I tell them, ‘You can do this.'"
Gladys Puglla was in a meeting when she collapsed suddenly from a stroke. Rushed to one hospital and transferred to another, she recovered, and felt lucky. Then the bills arrived.
Stanley has a message for New Yorkers looking for affordable health insurance: "Get signed up! There's something there for everybody, if you just have a look."
With help from a CSS Navigator, Michael's monthly health care costs fell from $1,000 to $460.
“Health coverage is what I wanted for Christmas, and now I have it.”
"I've been telling my friends, 'Enroll. Go for it! It's real, it’s affordable, and you can get help figuring out your options.'”
After going without insurance despite her health problems, Queens resident Anna M. called CSS. "I got a great plan that I can afford. It’s such a relief!"
After his health insurance policy was canceled, David L. reached out to the Community Service Society Navigator Network for help.
One year after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, we invite you to watch RSVP volunteer and storm survivor Carolyn Murray's remarkable story of recovery.
For Deborah Williams and her clients, knowledge is key: “One woman feared that her conviction history was the end of the world, only to find out she did not actually have a rap sheet."
Eleanor Rainford has been an ACES volunteer for twenty-five years. Each week, the 85-year-old former teacher helps low-income, elderly, and disabled New Yorkers access the public benefits they need. “I’ve always been interested in helping someone through a tough spot,” she says.