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Friday
Sep062019

Smithtown Stands Up For The Homeless 

Smithtown NY: The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and Youth Bureau participated in the 12th annual Stand Up for the Homeless event at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Both Horizons and the Youth Bureau made significant donations to the event. The Youth Bureau donated backpacks stocked with school supplies, and Horizons donated diapers, baby wipes, and baby food.  Horizons intern Ariel Claassen and Youth Bureau Staff Member Andrea Pesiri

“The generosity of others was on full display and it was clear that the recipient families were extremely grateful for the goods, resources, and guidance that they received.” - Matthew Neebe, Director, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services, Horizons Center

Homeless individuals and families were provided transportation via bus from local shelters to take advantage of the resource fair. They were able to obtain donations of clothing, baby products, and backpacks with school supplies as well. Each family received important information on many vital resources, such as health insurance companies and help with obtaining public assistance. There were free mammography screenings, various healthcare services, and free haircuts. 

About Stand Up for the Homeless:

Presented by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, this annual event provides homeless families and individuals with access to services from Federal, State, County and private agencies, including health and dental screenings, employment opportunities, veteran’s services, food counseling, and educational and benefit services.

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to provide financial assistance and support services to eligible Suffolk County residents in a cost effective and efficient manner, simultaneously protecting the vulnerable while encouraging their independence and self-sufficiency.