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

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January 2022 NY Housing Connect Lottery Spotlight We Are Still Open! The FCC Launches the Affordable Connectivity Program WOMEN'S PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEN'S PEER DISCUSSION GROUP WEEKLY PEER GROUP MONTHLY HOUSING MEETING COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAM AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AT SICIL Open Doors Program Follow us on Social Media

SICIL Newsletter

January 2022

"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice." Bob Marley


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NY Housing Connect Lottery Spotlight

Sendero Verde Phase I is a newly constructed 324 unit residential project located in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, NY (Community Board 11). All units in the project will be subject to Rent stabilization. Project amenities include an outdoor terrace, fitness center, community room, computer room, bicycle storage, package lockers, free secure in-unit access to broadband internet, and on-site laundry. Sendero Verde Phase I is a smoke-free building. Please visit https://housingconnect.nyc.gov/ to apply or call Jade Smith at 718-720-9016 ext. 203 to request a paper application.

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We Are Still Open!

Due to the current rise of COVID-19 cases, we are only meeting our consumers over the phone and Zoom. Safety Guidelines provided by the CDC will continue to be followed.

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The FCC Launches the Affordable Connectivity Program

On December 31 the FCC launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This longer-term program was created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, and replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more. To apply go to www.ACPBenefit.org or call Jade Smith at 718-720-9016 ext. 203

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WOMEN'S PEER SUPPORT GROUP

The group meets year-round on alternating Tuesday’s 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 every other Friday. 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 Jade at 718-720-9016 ext 203.

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WEEKLY PEER GROUP

This group meets once a week at 10:30 with Carla for socialization and peer support. Please contact Carla if interested in joining at 718-720-9016 ext. 206

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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 Jade at 718-720-9016 ext 203 for the upcoming dates and times.

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COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAM

SICIL will continue computer classes once the center is open to accommodate more consumers. If interested, please contact Jade at 718-720-9016 ext. 203

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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Alyssa Brown will be teaching American 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 are one day a week for an 1 ½ hours 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. Please call Carla 718-720-9016 ext. 206 to sign up. We offer a $90.00 check upon completion of the workshop. Metro-cards will also be provided in order to be used to travel to and from the Center.

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Open Doors Program

The goal of the Open Door project is to increase the number of people in nursing homes who are able to access home and community-based services. NYAIL has partnered with SICIL and other Independent Living Centers (ILCs) across the state to implement the program. ILCs are disability-led grassroots organizations providing advocacy and supports to assist people with disabilities of all ages to live independently and fully integrated in their communities. The Independent Living philosophy emphasizes consumer control, the idea that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs and have the right to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities. Many ILCs run programs aimed at transitioning people out of nursing homes and providing person centered services for them to live independently in the community.

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