• 10 Questions–Staff Chat

    Name:  Michelle Doublet Position: Program Manager, LCSW Number of years with Federation: 5 Years What is one thing you can’t live without? My Yoga Practice What is your personal philosophy? My personal philosophy is to live in the moment fully, mindfully; taking nothing for granted, learning through the challenges, allowing those challenges to shape you

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  • At a Low Point, Steve A. Finds the Courage to Change His Life

    This past April, Steve A. enrolled in Federation’s Care Coordination program. He was upfront about having a drinking problem, and it was clear that the 54-year-old was struggling with issues including personal hygiene. He had been a Navy SEAL, but was discharged without benefits. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, he suffered from depression and

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  • Getting Out for a Hike Has Many Benefits for PROS Participants

    Every Friday at 10:30 a.m., 12 individuals pile into a van and head out of town. Their destination is a local park, with the goal of taking a hike or exploring the outdoors. Every outing has a different theme, such as emotional health, meditation, or self-awareness. By 12:15 p.m., they’re back in Copiague where they

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  • Despite Blindness, John S. Inspires Others to Stay Optimistic

    Six years ago, John S. developed macular degeneration, a disease that eventually rendered him legally blind. No longer could he drive a truck for his employer. Even the house he lived in was not a viable option. He needed guidance in this new chapter of his life. In November 2016, John turned to Federation. With

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  • Brand New Gateway Studios Offers Residents Privacy in a New Community

    In March 2017, Federation received a call from the New York State Office of Mental Health asking whether the agency could recommend some clients for a new building that was going up in Brooklyn. Called Gateway, it held the advantage of offering studio apartments and an opportunity for individuals to live alone. When Jesse Marroquin,

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  • Paul D. Discovers New-Found Independence in Apartment Treatment

    A few months ago, Paul D., who had been living in Sunken Meadow, Building 81, with 24-hour supervised care, stepped into a new world. He moved to apartment treatment and began living with two other roommates in a house. Independence is something that many Federation clients long for and work hard to attain. As Paul

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