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Staten Island Center for Independent Living
(718) 720-9016
470 Castleton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

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October 2019 Affordable Housing for Rent WOMEN'S PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEN'S PEER DISCUSSION GROUP MONTHLY HOUSING MEETING COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAM AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AT SICIL Therapeutic Pool Group Upcoming Meetings!

October 2019

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein

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Affordable Housing for Rent

Dear Friends of Staten Island Center for Independent Living: We wish to inform you that there are 169 affordable newly constructed units at 2519 Creston Ave, Fordham Manor, Bronx. No application fee. No brokers fee Section 8 and other qualifying rental subsidies accepted. (Tenant pays electricity) Amenities include: 24-hr security cameras, recreation room, fitness center, on-site card-operated laundry and hard wood floors.

You may apply online or through mail only. To apply online please go to www.nyc/housingconnect To request an application by mail, send a self addressed envelope to: Creston Parkview, LLC. 111 Great Neck Road, Suite 308 Great Neck, NY 11021. Only send one application per development. Do not submit duplicate applications. Do not apply online and also send in a paper application. Applicants who submit more than one application may be disqualified. Deadline: Application must be postmarked or submitted online no later than October 30, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

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WOMEN'S PEER SUPPORT GROUP

The group meets year-round on alternating Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The next group will meet on Topics include life experiences, relationship issues and other issues of interest. To join or to get additional information, please call Carla at 718-720-9016 ext 206

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MEN'S PEER DISCUSSION GROUP

This group at SICIL is designed for our male consumers and takes place on alternating Fridays. Men of all ages and backgrounds come together and are able to discuss the issues that are impacting their lives in a safe and caring environment. To join or to get additional information, please call Joii at 718-720-9016 ext 203.

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MONTHLY HOUSING MEETING

We will be having monthly Housing meetings to discuss various issues and concerns related to housing. For more information or to attend, please call Joii at 718-720-9016 for the upcoming dates and times. Caretakers & family members are also welcome to attend.

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COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAM

SICIL continues to offer its free computer classes focusing on basic computer skills along with developing an understanding of the Internet. Classes are given in a relaxed atmosphere with a no pressure curriculum. To register for upcoming classes or to get additional information, please call Joii at 718-720-9016 ext 203

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

We would like to welcome Alyssa Brown! She will be teaching sign language classes here at SICIL. If you have a deaf or hearing impaired relative and wish to learn to communicate with them using American Sign Language these classes are for you! Please call us at 718-720-9016 details and to sign up.

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ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AT SICIL

Health and Wellness – Join us to learn about nutrition on a budget. The classes take place every Tuesday, for 10 weeks. To register for the next session please call Carla at 718-720-9016 ext 206

Blind/Low Vision Groups – Please join us for these monthly groups to share and discuss social, family and daily issues. Please call Carla at 718-720-9016 ext 206 for more information

Domestic Violence Prevention Workshops - The focus of this workshop will be to teach women with disabilities the skills necessary to identify, prevent and escape abuse and abusive situations and ways to foster healthy relationships. As the workshop is primarily educational, women who wish to participate do not have to have had any personal experience with these issues. Current workshop is full and will take place on 10/7, 10/21 & 10/28. Please call Carla 718-720-9016 ext 206 to reserve your seat for future sessions. We offer $10.00 per workshop at the end of the sessions, if completed and a metro-card to be used to travel to and from the Center.

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Therapeutic Pool Group

It’s pool time at The Elizabeth Connelly Center Pool on the last Wednesday of each month at 12:00 pm. All medical forms need to be updated annually. For more information or to be added to the group call Rita at 718-720-9016 ext 202

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Upcoming Meetings!

Wednesday, October 20th – Presentation at SICIL by Caption Call. Free phone & caption services available for qualifying individuals with hearing loss or hearing impairment. (12pm-1pm) Please call Joii at 718-720-9016 ext 203 to RSVP Tuesday, October 22nd – Housing Meeting at SICIL with Project Hospitality’s Residential & Homeless Services (11:30am-1pm) Please call Joii at 718-720-9016 ext 203 to RSVP

Wednesday, October 30th - Meeting at SICIL with Disability Rights Advocates (10am-11:30am) Please call Carla at 718-9016 ext 206 to RSVP

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Assistance is provided at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

In order to qualify for the program, you must:

No application is need to use this service. For further information contact the helpline at 1-800-906-9887 or email partner@irs.gov

We currently have a free stair lift available for anyone in need. Available for pick up only. Transportation will not be provided. Please call us at 718-720-9016 for more information

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