There were over 1000 agencies that offered services to people within the NYC area. The list I have compiled contains agencies that assist people with developmental disabilities, childcare, domestic violence, employment and job training, homelessness, housing, psychiatric disabilities, and aging.
1. FEGS Health and Human services System
2. Care for the homeless
3. Birch Family Services
4. Lutheran Social Service
5. Good Shephard Service
6. Coalition for the homeless
7. Citizens care daycare Inc.
8. Graham Windham Service to families
9. Japanese American Social Services
10. Head start
11. Rape and sexual assault hotline
12. Safe Horizon Domestic Violence
13. Children’s Village
14. Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan NY
15. AHRC NYC
16. United Cerebral Palsy
17. Office for people with developmental disabilities
18. Office of Mental Health
19. Human Rights First
20. Salvation Army
The Two agencies I have chosen to discuss is Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and Safe Horizon.
OPWDD offers services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. This organization was created because at one point people with all types of disabilities whether it was physical, mental, psychiatric were placed into an institution called Willowbrook. Willowbrook was created to give those with mental retardation a place to live. In this institution the individuals who were housed there did not get proper treatment. The conditions were unsanitary and the facility was overcrowded. Some people who were living in this facility should not have even been there because they were not retarded; they may have had something like cerebral palsy which is a disability but not retardation. People brought their family members there because it was referred to them by doctors, because they may have been embarrassed to have a disabled child, or because they didn’t know how to care for them. The