Grant Categories

Persons with Special Needs

Special needs refer to any physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral or other impairments that restrict an individual’s ability to function effectively (or at full capacity) in any aspect of life. Special needs are particularly challenging when present in households with severe financial limitations. We support programs that accomplish the following types of initiatives:

Providing education and legal help to raise awareness of and provide access to the best care possible and access to benefits.
Providing services to parents/caretakers to empower the best support system and plan for when special needs children reach adulthood.
Offering direct services to support individuals with special needs, including mental health, health, dental, and other supportive services.
Developing supportive housing and communities for those with disabilities and provide onsite support for job training, counseling, and caregivers.

Real People, Real Stories

Saroya’s Story

“In partnership with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, we are proud to announce that we are a grantee of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Our pilot program is aimed at providing supports such as mental health services, parenting and family support education, life skills, employment trainings, and community resources for parents with intellectual or developmental disabilities involved in the New York City child welfare system. Together, we’re serving New York’s most marginalized communities.”

— Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Executive Director, New Yorkers For Children

Related Grants

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

Pioneering residential care in Yonkers for young adults with medically complex conditions.

Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State

Clinician outreach and disability services training program.

Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services

Expanding the Safe & Secure Home program to help adults with mental illness maintain, safe, stable, and comfortable living conditions.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

Expanding telehealth home care service for children with medically complex conditions.