In celebration of the opening of its Center for Collaborative Assistance, Long Island Cares held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 12 at 21 E. Sunrise Highway in Freeport, NY. State and local officials; representatives from community organizations; and board members, associates, and volunteers of the regional food bank were in attendance.
The Center for Collaborative Assistance – formerly known as Long Island Cares’ Nassau Center, opened its doors on June 1, 2018 in a new 2,000-square-foot commercial property. The new space will enable the nonprofit to enhance collaborative efforts with allied organizations, as well as expand its training center and emergency food pantry. Long Island Cares will continue its regular satellite operations in Lindenhurst and Huntington Station.
Since Long Island Cares opened its first satellite location in Freeport on July 14, 2010, it has provided support to 58,156 individuals and provided 466,482 meals. An average of 850 people visit that location every month, making it one of the busiest of the nonprofits’ satellite locations.
“Collaboration is key as we address the very real concerns of the more than three-hundred thousand Long Islanders who struggle with hunger issues,” said Paule T. Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank. “The opening of the Center for Collaborative Assistance is timely, as we seek to work together with organizations to help individuals and families in our communities who are vulnerable and absolutely in need of greater support.”
The Center provides shared office space for organizations that provide services to groups in need, which may include veterans, seniors, immigrants, family, children, homeless people, and the LGBTQ community. The center will also open up new opportunities for Long Island Cares to partner with local government to make municipal services available on-site. This could potentially include assistance with such things as affordable housing, recreation, senior services, children’s day care, emergency public assistance, and services for WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
“We envision a one-stop, collaborative facility will allow Nassau residents in need the opportunity to access information and direct services all in one place, accessible by public transportation, and staffed by experts in their respective areas,” said Dr. Jessica Rosati, Chief Program Officer of Long Island Cares, Inc.
The Center for Collaborative Assistance will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8AM to 4PM, Tuesday from 8AM to 6PM and Thursday from 9M to 5PM.
The former location was located at 84 Pine Street, Freeport.