Getting Help for Those In Need

Where can you reach out for help when you have a need:

Info Helplines:

  • United Way 2-1-1: Dial 211 for assistance for food, utilities, abuse, recycling regulations, becoming foster parents & where to get medical assistance, 914-997-6700.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255,
  • Veterans Crisis Center: 800-273-8255 (press 1)
  • Domestic Abuse Hotlines: Westchester County Office for Women 914 995-5972 or My Sister’s Place, 800 298-7233.
  • Childhood Abuse Reporting Hotline: NY State Central Register, 800-342-3720.


  • Haitian Resource Center: Slater Center, 2 Fisher Ct, 914-648-6311.
  • El Centro Hispano:
  • White Plains & Greenburgh NAACP:

Financial Advice:

  • United Way’s Financial Ed Program: Workshops, online resources; coaching on getting finances in order.


  • Westchester Food Bank-
  • Ecumenical Food Pantry- 2 Fisher Circle 914 563-2960, (
  • Meals on Wheels of WP-
  • Senior Center: weekly meals ($3)
  • Grace’s Kitchen: weekday meals 10:30-11:30 & take home on Friday for weekend, 33 Church St.
  • SNAP: Westchester Dept of Social Services, 85 Court St, 914-995-3333.
  • NY Benefits


  • Grace Church Community Center: Samaritan House Homeless Shelter for Women at 33 Church St and  Open Arms Homeless Shelter for Men on E Post Rd
  • Salvation Army: 16 Sterling Ave, 914-948-2908, New
  • Westchester Living Center (ADA)
  • YWCA (inexpensive housing) Residence N Broadway
  • YMCA (inexpensive housing) Residence Mamaroneck Ave.
  • Coachman Family Center: homeless shelter for families mostly:, 914 946-3371.
  • Westchester County Emergency services for Adults and Families.
  • White Plains Housing Authority (Sec 8; affordable housing): 223 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, 914 949-6462,
  • Habitat for Humanity of Westchester:,  Westchester Habitat ReStore of Mt Vernon , 659 Main St, New Rochelle, 914-699-2791,
  • Neighborhood Rehabilitation: 914-422-1399;, help with repairs, maintenance of properties


  • Gilda’s Club: Cancer Support
  • Westchester County Health Dept
  • Medicaid (for eligible disabled/ low income ) Apply through Westchester County,
  • Medicare (for eligible seniors 65+) Social Security Office & online.
  • Veterans Administration ( 300 Hamilton Ave, first floor, Suite C, 914 682- 6250)
  • Vets White Plains Community Clinic : 23 S Broadway, 914-421-1952 (x4300) Women’s health clinic
  • United Way FamilyWize card for pharmacy discounts.
  • Phelps Hospital: 701 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, The Holistic Pain Support Program.
  • White Plains Hospital:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital:
  • Burke Rehabilitation Hospital:


  • Junior League of Westchester (JLCW): Diaper Bank,, 914 723-6442

Children’s Clothing (0-18):

  • JLCW Teen Boutique:  April 21, 2018 at Westchester County Center ( items for 13-19yr olds)
  • Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester
  • Kid’s Kloset through Westchester JCC

Children Programs (0-18):

  • Youth Bureau Programs: 11 Amherst, 914- 422-1378: Special Events, Camp Central Spring/Winter (Church St School)  Camp school vacations (fees). Bits N’ Pieces  (Church St School), Summer Enrichment program (fees with scholarship offered, Middle School Stem Camp (Church St School), Health & Wellness Summer Fitness Boot Camp (free YB), After School Connection at various schools & Slater Center,  Youth Employment & Volunteer Opportunities; Enrichment &Personal Growth Activities.
  • The Edge at (WP Public Library) WPPL:, 422-1481 Steam and Coding Camps and Summer Reading Game
  • Youth Bureau Programs 11 Amherst Place 914 422-1378 Programs for Heath, Job Bank, Mentors, Teen Lounges at Battle Hill & Eastview for after school and weekends, Leadership, Youth Court and trips
  • Youth Bureau (YB) After School Connection (k-8) SAT & College Preparation (for 11th-12 graders), (fees)
  • The American Camp Association-Camp Scholarships:
  • A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account: Pre-tax money used for child care and adult dependent or health care so see if available at work
  • Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit: Tax credit up to $3000 per child but called at $6000.
  • Born Learning: free activities & games to prepare for school.
  • WP Public Library the Trove for children ( and The Edge (teens)
  • WP Parks & Recreation Dept. Playing fields, playgrounds & pools (914-422-1339).

Adult Clothing:

  • Westchester Jewish Community Center: North Broadway
  • Coachman Family Center: 123 E Post Rd,  914 949-1000
  • The Career Closet (WPETC) providing clothing for interview & employment


  • Westchester Living Center: ADA
  • Arc of Westchester
  • IDEA: Ages 0-21 (School system)
  • Social Security: SSI and SSD
  • Medicaid
  • W.I.L.C.: for people with disabilities.
  • Rapid Recovery Program: Registry for vulnerable children (i.e. autistic) or adults (dementia) providing information for emergency response. 914 422 8514,


  • White Plains Education Training Center
  • NY Labor Dept: (120 Bloomindale Rd)
  • Center for Career Freedom:1 E Post Rd, 914 288-9763, free training and employment agency


  • Learning English at Library
  • Learning to Use Computers Senior Center/Library
  • Ruth Taylor Scholarships: Assistance to becoming Social Worker
  • White Plains Education Center
  • White Plains Adult Education

Older Adults:

  • Age In Place
  • Senior Center White Plains
  • Medicare (65 and above to eligible recipients)
  • AARP Foundation: Tax preparation (WPPL & WP Education Training Center)
  • WP Recreation & Parks Adult Programs (60+) Center Café, Transportation, Support and Wellness Programs, Grocery Shopping transportation besides other  services and activities.
  • Para Transit of Westchester County 914 995-7272 (press 2) for disabled
  • RideConnect Westchster:, 914-242-7433, free volunteer rides to 60+.
  • My Second Home: White Plains 914-422-8100, Intergenerational Adult Day Program. (Dementia care)

LGBT Support:

  • The Loft: 252 Bryant Ave,

Foster Care:

  • United Way 2-1-1 orientations & working with Family Ties & Westchester County to becoming Foster Parent.

Other Free Services:

  • Museum passes from White Plains Public Library (WPPL), Mobile WiFi Hotspots to Borrow, US Conversational Spanish, US Citizen Classes, Career Abd Small Business Programs and others.
  • WPPL: Books, DVD’s, magazines & newspapers for use at WPPL
  • Heritage Exploration at Library
  • Activities for adults and children at WPPL
  • WPPL (Library)
  • Martin Luther King Jr Library (Slater Center)
  • Christian Science Reading Room  (Mamaroneck Ave)

Legal Help:

  • Westchester Legal Aide: 150 Grand St, Suite 1, 914-682-4112
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Free Newspaper (on street):

  • The White Plains Examiner
  • Westchester Hispano
  • Westchester Family:, free online digital subscription.
  • Westchester Parent
  • Westchester Senior Voice:
  • Westchester/Rockland Special Child:
  • Online: Patch & Daily Voice

Reward Programs/Discounts:

  • Shop Discounts White Plains: Costs one time $5 fee but look for at events where they sign you up for free. Discounts and special offers from WP Vendors/Stores.
  • Iron Tomato Reward Card: Free (up to $10) for salad/sandwich after buying salads/sandwiches. Ask for card at register and show each time when buying a salad or sandwich.
  • Movie Reward Card Starpass: WP Cinema free movie, pop corn or drinks for points earned by seeing movies and buying food/snacks/drinks. Ask at ticket counter and sign up online. Show card when making purchases.

Reused Stuff:

  • Westchester Restore of Mt Vernon: 658 Main St, New Rochelle,, 914-699-2791