Lisa - STAR Participant

 

STAR was a very influential program that I benefited from, I got to meet some amazing people from here. 

My perspective on life became broad, I no longer think from a limited perspective...
I put myself in other people's shoes. 

I have allowed myself to open-up to others and not show them the surface of my life. This all started when I attended the Historical Black College Tour in February 2015. I met teens from other schools throughout Brooklyn and had the opportunity to interact and gain knowledge of their goals and aspirations. 

This program also gave me a glimpse of independence. I am very much appreciative of all the services provided at the organization and for the staff members mentoring."

Lisa, 16 - Safe Teens Acting Responsibly (STAR) peer.

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Mission: Diaspora Community Services is a social support service agency that empowers families and individuals to maximize their abilities to succeed through culturally sensitive health promotion, family support services and advocacy.

D.Rodriguez

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"I would like to take this time to thank everyone involved in the caring of my well being. To the people who take the time to call me and remind me of my appointments and in making sure that I am always in good spirits, doing and feeling well. They are always there to help answer questions I might have and an avenue of resources to my needs, always ready with a kind word and a smile assuring me that everything is going to be alright. The MBAP program has helped me to believe that there are people equipped and able to make differences when we need guidance. Thank you all for a great job well done and most of all for caring for your clients (me). " D.Rodriguez

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L.S.

“I first connected with Diaspora’s Medical Benefits Assistance Program (MBAP) because I was having problems with Medicaid. The MBAP social worker was excellent. She even went with me to the Medicaid office to advocate for me. No organization had ever helped me like that before.

“Since I first started with Diaspora, I’ve gotten help with keeping my appointments, dealing with Medicaid, expediting the paperwork, and everything else I need to manage my HIV.

 “Over the past year, I’ve been the primary caretaker for my sister and her three children, because my sister had a massive brain tumor and needed major surgery. As I’ve been trying to nurse my sister back to health and care for her children, I’ve had overbearing days when I don’t feel good. But my Diaspora social worker is always there to listen, offer advice, and help. That’s so important to me, because I have no other outlet—no one else to talk to.

“Diaspora Community Services is a breath of fresh air! Usually, an organization just gives you information and you to have to fend for yourself, but Diaspora is totally different. Today, my HIV is being managed well and my health is under control. I have to take care of myself to be there for my sister and her children, doing what needs to be done.”

—L.S.

 

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