Selfhelp Community Services was founded in 1936 to help those fleeing Nazi Germany maintain their independence and dignity as they struggled to forge new lives in America. Today, Selfhelp is one of the largest and most respected not-for-profit human service agencies in the New York metropolitan area, with 27 sites offering programs throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Nassau County and Westchester. Selfhelp provides a broad set of services to more than 20,000 elderly, frail, and vulnerable New Yorkers each year, while remaining the largest provider of comprehensive services to Holocaust survivors in North America. We offer a complete network of home care and community-based services with the overarching goal of helping seniors live with dignity and independence and avoid institutionalization.
Among its program highlights, Selfhelp:
- Operates the oldest and largest program serving Holocaust survivors in North America, providing comprehensive services to over 4,500 elderly and frail individuals.
- Owns and operates eleven affordable apartment buildings, in Queens, the Bronx, and Long Island that house over 1,400 low and moderate-income residents in apartments with services that are accessible and on site, as needed. Two new buildings are currently in the pre-development phase in Brooklyn.
- Manages five city-funded Senior Centers, including one of the first to be designated by the City of New York as an Innovative Senior Center. Selfhelp also offers an Alzheimer's Social Adult Day Program to care for those coping with Alzheimer's and related disorders, as well as much needed respite for their caregivers.
- Trains and employs 1,800 home health care workers who provide approximately 2 million hours of service each year to the elderly, infirm, and families at risk.
- Offers comprehensive services for seniors living in four Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) in Queens.
- Serves as legal guardian for hundreds of individuals in need through three Court-Appointed Guardianship Programs.
- Is a leader in providing groundbreaking Aging Services Technology, enriching the lives of elders living independently through virtual communication and telehealth monitoring.
- Operates NY Connects program in Queens, which serves as New York City's point of entry for information and referral to long term services and support for older adults and people of all ages with disabilities.
Selfhelp is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the independence and dignity of seniors and at-risk populations through a spectrum of housing, home health care, and social services and will lead in applying new methods and technologies to address changing needs of its community. Selfhelp will continue to serve as the “last surviving relative” to its historic constituency, victims of Nazi persecution.