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SENIOR ISLE INN INC
August 25, 2012

Senior Isle Inn, Inc. is a subsidiary non-profit of Homes for the Homeless, Inc., which runs a senior living facility called Island Shores in the borough of Staten Island. I visited the facility recently on behalf of an older friend who is ready to move to this type of facility. When the director, Lori Bowen, saw that I use a wheelchair for mobility, she refused to allow me a tour of the facility, while offering a tour to my friend, who is ambulatory. She told me that wheelchairs were not allowed at Island Shores and that, if my friend chose to live there, I would not be allowed to visit while using a wheelchair. I was appalled at the blatant discrimination, which violates both the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Ms. Bowen was not kind in expressing her views, either, and I can only imagine how she treats the seniors who have come into the unfortunate position of living under her authority. Also, while Senior Isle Inn's mission statement claims to offer senior housing at below market rates, the prices they charge were comparable to those at the Esplanade, a for-profit luxury senior living facility on Staten Island. I would not refer any friend, human or animal, to Island Shores after this experience, and I believe that funding for Homes for the Homeless should be withheld until this situation is rectified.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

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HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS INC
August 25, 2012

Homes for the Homeless, Inc. runs a senior living facility called Island Shores in the borough of Staten Island. I visited the facility recently on behalf of an older friend who is ready to move to this type of facility. When the director, Lori Bowen, saw that I use a wheelchair for mobility, she refused to allow me a tour of the facility, while offering a tour to my friend, who is ambulatory. She told me that wheelchairs were not allowed at Island Shores and that, if my friend chose to live there, I would not be allowed to visit while using a wheelchair. I was appalled at the blatant discrimination, which violates both the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Ms. Bowen was not kind in expressing her views, either, and I can only imagine how she treats the seniors who have come into the unfortunate position of living under her authority. I would not refer any friend, human or animal, to Island Shores after this experience, and I believe that funding for Homes for the Homeless should be withheld until this situation is rectified.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

Review from Guidestar