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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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!!!!!

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!

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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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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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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new board member of Seamen's Society but have volunteered in the medical department of the agency for over 2 years. I have been impressed with the dedication of the staff and their commitment to the well being of the children. The staff works closely with the foster parents to help provide optimum medical care for the children by addressing medical concerns, help foster parents provide the needed medical care and assist foster and biological parents understand the medical issues the children face.

The agency is not only provides foster care for at risk children but has programs designed to teach life skills and promote education. The scholarship program sponsored by the agency is especially inspiring. Children formerly in foster care have graduated from college and return to the agency to share their successes with others.

In addition the agency has several programs designed to prevent at risk children from entering the foster care system.

Children in the foster care system can be at risk for mental health . issues. The agency offers psychological services for the children and their families thereby strengthening the ability of the children and families to meet the challenges they face.

The work this agency does to provide care for vulnerable children is a great service to our community. The strains on at risk families in this economic time are great. The agency provides support and tangible assistance through their many programs.



Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ihave been a Board Member for over ten years and I am tremendously proud of the work that is done at Seaman's Society. While our mission is to help place and evaluate foster homes, we also deal with issues such as teenage runaways, domestic violence intervention, medical services and college scholarships for the children assigned to our care, just to name a few. Seaman's Society is there when a child and family are in need and they have nowhere else to turn. I know that we have been able to give these children and families a second chance and even a third chance, a service that is invaluable.

Review from Guidestar