Year: 2020

aids

Acknowledging World AIDS Day Amid a Global Pandemic

On World AIDS Day, December 1st, we recognize the achievements and efforts made to combat HIV/AIDS around the globe. Thanks to advances in care and treatment, HIV-positive people are living increasingly longer lives. With 5,755 residents living with HIV/AIDS, Long Island has one of the highest numbers of AIDS cases of any suburban area and […]

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homeless

New Options for Homeless Families in Nassau

“I can’t believe this is real,” exclaimed Jenna. “Someone has to pinch me.” After three years of being homeless, Jenna and her two boys, ages 7 and 4, moved into a brand-new two-bedroom apartment in Farmingdale. “I was in a motel in Rockville Centre,” said Jenna. “The lack of stability really doesn’t help with the […]

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residential

Valuing Essential Residential Workers

Working in the field of human services offers many rewards and challenges. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic added new and more complex challenges to working in this field. At a time when personal safety and health has been carefully guarded, dedicated residential workers prioritized the health and well-being of their clients over themselves and […]

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charities

Options Awarded Newsday Charities Grant

Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options) has received a $19,000 grant award from Newsday Charities. The grant will support home maintenance and housing related services for formerly homeless individuals and families on Long Island. “This generous award couldn’t come at a better time,” said Yolanda Robano-Gross, Options Executive Director.  “We anticipate an even greater need […]

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Our Commitment

Options for Community Living, Inc. is committed to supporting individuals and families in need in our communities. As a human service organization, we are tasked to assist many of the most vulnerable and marginalized among Long Islanders. It is our mission. Our staff and clients represent the beautiful diversity that is Long Island. Our commitment […]

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credit

Options for Community Living, Inc. Receives Grant from Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Ronkonkoma based nonprofit Options for Community Living, Inc. was awarded a $7,500 grant from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Funding supports Options’ scattered-site supportive housing program for formerly homeless individuals and families with disabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS. “This award couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Yolanda Robano-Gross, Options Executive Director. “As all […]

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john

Celebrating John’s Success

John* moved into an Options’ licensed community residence in September 2016. He was 20 years old at the time and already had many independent living skills, but he struggled with feelings of loneliness. He often ran away without notice or warning. Although he was informed that he was able to travel, John still ran away, […]

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carroll's

Carroll’s Kitchen Donates Meals to Options Residents

Long Islanders helping Long Islanders was the overriding theme of the day as 80 individually packaged meals were delivered to Options for Community Living’s headquarters in Ronkonkoma by Carroll’s Kitchen. Options has been providing housing and support for Long Islanders recovering from mental illness and other chronic health conditions since 1982. “We serve more than […]

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COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

At Options for Community Living, Inc. we understand the concern over the spread of COVID-19 locally and nationwide.  We are doing everything possible to minimize risks and ensure the health and well-being of our program participants, staff and volunteers. We have increased cleaning at our congregate facilities and are educating staff and program participants about ways […]

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cabrini

Options for Community Living, Inc. Awarded Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Grant For Critical Work with Vulnerable Long Islanders

Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options) is pleased to announce that it has received a $256,000 grant from The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support Long Islanders with serious mental illness or substance use disorder. Grant funds allow Options to provide valuable home and community-based services to adults with low incomes who currently fall short of […]

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