Assemblywoman Galef's Dear Sandy Show Focuses on How You Can Get Help

November 23, 2013

Donna Besteiro (middle) from CHOP in Peekskill, and Naomi Adler (right) from the United Way of Westchester join Assemblywoman Galef to discuss how their organizations help people in Westchester and Putnam.

The latest airing of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s cable television show, “Dear Sandy,” highlights Donna Besteiro, the Executive Director of Caring for the Homeless in Peekskill, which includes the Jan Peek House, Fred’s Pantry and the Sunny Donut free breakfast program; and Naomi Adler, the CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam, talking about the many kinds of help they offer to people in Galef’s Assembly District.

Adler describes the regular five year assessment that the United Way does to direct its help to ever changing needs. Affordable housing and hunger are always at the top of the list but issues around education, income, and health are on the rise and United Way is responding in a variety of ways. She describes the invaluable role that the 211 hotline plays in getting the right help to the people who need it.

Besteiro explains how CHOP in Peekskill is meeting the need for both emergency overnight shelter and transitional residential housing. The backlog from Hurricane Sandy and the present state of the economy have put many on the brink of homelessness, so much so that they are responding to 2000 calls a month in which they connect people with the services they need.

“I am so pleased that Donna and Naomi were able to bring us up to date on the enormously important services they offer,” said Assemblywoman Galef. “It is good for us to know what they offer in case we or someone we know ever needs them.”

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

“How You Can Get Help” airs as follows:

Cablevision
Friday, November 29, December 6, 13 & 20
at 9:00 P.M. on
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
and
Yorktown Channel 74

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

Comcast
Friday, November 29, December 6 & 13
at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8