Jeff Bezos Fund awards $1.25 million to Huntington’s Family Service League

A nearly century-old Huntington-based nonprofit just got a big boost from one of the most infamous CEOs of the 21st century.

The Family Service League received a $1.25 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Fund on Wednesday. The 95-year-old nonprofit Huntington is one of 32 organizations across the country to receive the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Leadership Award.

In total, winners of the fourth annual awards, launched by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Scott, have received $96.2 million in funding to help provide food, shelter and support for families across the country.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as recipients of the Day 1 Families Fund,” Karen Boorshtein, president and CEO of Family Service League, said in a statement. “For 95 years, the Family Service League has been committed to providing effective, equitable, and respectful care and services that respond to the diverse populations we serve.”

The non-profit organization that dates back to 1926 serves 50,000 people each year through mental health counseling, addiction prevention and treatment, housing, job training, trauma counseling, education early childhood education and support services for families and the elderly. With an annual budget of $55 million, it employs more than 700 people and offers 60 programs at 20 Long Island locations.

The Bezos Day 1 grant, according to the Family Service League statement, allows the organization to help reduce emergency housing stays for households, through relocation assistance, help accessing resources and necessary benefits, better academic and career success, and home-based cases. management and stabilization services once permanent housing has been obtained.

“We use a housing-focused approach when providing services to people with housing issues,” Boorshtein said. “We recognize that people cannot focus on mental health, addiction treatment or getting a job without having basic necessities like food or shelter. This generous grant will help us expand the scope of the concrete help we offer to homeless households.

Top: Family Service League Riverhead Clinic staff, courtesy of the Family Service League.

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