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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Seamen's Society was founded in 1846 to care for the children and widows of sailors in the Port of New York. Seamen's Society was one of the first organizations to care for abandoned children in family settings, rather than institutions. Today, Seamen's Society is a comprehensive social service agency working in Staten Island and Brooklyn providing the following services to children and families in need: foster care and adoption, medical and mental health services, preventive and intensive preventive services, center-based and family day care, domestic violence intervention, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, educational support and youth programs.

Target demographics: provide the highest quality services in the community to strengthen and preserve families so that children and adults have the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Geographic areas served: Staten Island and Brooklyn

Programs: foster care and adoption, medical and mental health services, prevention, domestic violence intervention, family day care, educational support and youth development, we have preserved our founder’s pledge to help children and families realize their full potential.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Seamen's is an extremely troubled place, with rapid turnover and a management team that is out of touch with clients and staff. They recently fired the CEO and have a temp doing the job who is trying without much success to make a difference. The COO and director of Human Resources are unethical and unprofessional. Do not recommend working here though the clients are wonderful. This workplace is simply too stressful and unprofessional a place to be associated with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was told to write about my current experience working here at Seamen's Society for Children and Families. It has it's good days and bad days--but what social service non profit doesn't have that. I truly believe this organization has potential, as of right now we are going through a huge change especially with our current administration. The board of trustees finally fired that imbecile, Bill Sabado who was just filled with nonsense of ideas that cannot be attain. Eventually he was let go on his big fat a**, and they brought in a interim CEO who has wonderful leadership skills and is trying his best to fix Seamen's Society. Even though, we are not going to have the interim CEO for long, the board of Trustees is still in the process of finding a permanent CEO. I love working with my colleagues we all aspire to get the job done, and that is the most important thing.

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

We are extremely happy with the new direction we have decided to take, but there is no need to bash the previous administration. We wish him nothing but the best in the future. As for Seamen's Society, we will continue to provide the highest quality services in the community to strengthen and preserve families so that children and adults have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Be Blessed

Donor

Rating: 4

Very nice place I've been a avid donor for almost 10 years . The only thing I find wrong with Seamen's Society is their board members--where is the diversity?? You have a board -that does not reflect its diverse clients and staff members. That is the one thing this organization needs to fix. But overall, I truly believe in the mission of Seamen's Society and I hope they continue to grow.

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

Thank you for your review! We will continue of mission and with support from donors like you we will continue to grow!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place but like any other non profit does have its bad days then its good days. Still needs a lot of work to lead into the right direction, currently they have a Interim CEO-who is a great leader I am hopeful that he can turn Seamen's around. Since it's last leadership under Bill Sabado ( former CEO) and Dina Carreras (current COO-still don't know why she is still there, since she is never there but that is a different story) Seamen's Society was heading for a disaster. But luckily, the board finally woke up and got rid of Bill. Now it seems like Seamen's is heading in the right direction and I couldn't be any happier. Seamen's will get there but it will take time and it cannot happen overnight. Staff and Clients need to be patient. Especially some staff members who believe that they are the greatest thing to happen to Seamen's , the ones who never mind their own business, and the ones who always want to wear a cape but say "oh I'm done with this place" blah blah like get over yourself. Seamen's Society will continue to reach for the stars and accomplish great things, I truly believe in this place and I love working here!! Keep up the great work Seamen's!!!!!

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

Thank you for your review!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I truly loving working here at Seamen's Society. The work is extremely rewarding and I truly enjoy achieving the mission with my fellow colleagues!

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

We are so happy we have staff members like you. Thank you for your review!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I was hired by the organization in December 2016 as a case planner for the DV program. From the very beginning I had a good "vibe" about the agency. Compared to other agencies where I have worked I feel a sense of connection with the department I am assigned too. I look forward to coming to work everyday and meeting the challenges of helping our clients stay safe. Happy to be aboard......looking forward to the future with this agency.

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

We are so lucky and happy to have staff members like you! Keep up the great job, we truly appreciate it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

“I have worked for Seamen's Society in Family Day Care for the past 30 years. I began as a part time case worker and here I am 30 years later as Director of Family Day Care. Allowing parents the opportunity to work or go to school by providing safe, quality child care is most gratifying. Parents who have had their children in one of our Provider's homes have come back to me years later to say thank you and to tell me how their child's experience in Family Day Care created a solid foundation for the future. Seamen's makes a difference in children's lives.”

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

Thank you for your review! Seamen's Society is extremely lucky to have someone like you! Keep up the great work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This charity has a special place in my heart. I have been an active Board member for over 10 years and am very honored to see the fruits of our efforts. Our foster children benefit from our many programs and the guidance they are given in their college pursuits.

I hope that we receive the recognition so deserved for all the work given to our Agency and those in our care.

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SeamensSociety1846 03/29/2017

Thank you for your review!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with Seamen's Society since 1989. Nineteen of those years in the Development Department and the last two years as a volunteer. The services that Seamen's Society provides range from foster care, adoption, day care, domestic violence, prevention and education such as scholarships for college bound teens. The services the Society offers are priceless.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I had the honor of working with Seamen's Society for Children and Families in locating new space for their location in Brooklyn. Nancy Vomero is the consummate professional. Her concerns were first and foremost about the children and what was best for them and their families. We worked on safety issues making sure and remaking sure that all would be the safest that it can be for all associated with the Society. I have been a real estate broker for 30 years and have worked with many non-prof executives and Nancy was the most giving and upfront that I had the pleasure to work with. Her staff are equally as dedicated and it was obvious that the respect was mutual.
Bravo to all of you at Seamens and may you continue your success stories in your new space!

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