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Charitable and Community Programs

Going Above and Beyond to Bring Care into Communities

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York has always been committed to providing care to people in our community who are in need. In 1893, when VNSNY was founded by Lillian Wald, charitable care meant providing home health nursing to poor immigrants living in crowded tenements on the Lower East Side. In addition to caring for the sick, our founder recognized that illness had a social and economic impact on families and often had underlying structural causes.

Although the diseases and living conditions have changed, our commitment to the people who need our care hasn’t. Today, VNSNY provides an ever-changing array of home- and community-based services to meet the diverse medical and personal needs of New York’s most vulnerable, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2016, VNSNY—together with our generous supporters and community partners—provided nearly $47 million in charitable and community care, including:

Charitable Care

Free and discounted direct home care services to more than 8,600 under- and uninsured New Yorkers, who otherwise would have gone without care.
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Community Mental Health Services

More than two dozen community outreach programs for underserved children and adults struggling with acute or chronic mental illness or substance abuse disorders.
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Chinatown NNORC and Community Center

A collaborative venture that works to improve the health and social welfare of aging Asian Americans in New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood.
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Children and Family Services

Services for infants and children who require home care for short-term or long-lasting conditions, as well as for medically fragile children, children with developmental issues or special needs, and for high-risk families.
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Hospice and Palliative Care Programs

Medical and emotional care for patients at the end of life and their families to manage symptoms, promote dignity and quality of life, and offer comfort and support. Charitable donations also support specialized hospice programs like physician fellowships and outreach to those who might not otherwise know about the important benefits this special care provides.
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