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Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC

PO Box 9174

Astoria, NY 11103

Alice Crespo, Founder & Director

Lucia Marett, Vice President

Emily Vertosick, Treasurer



Phone: 718-606-9712

May 2019

In May 2019, there will be no Restaurant Club because of the Pennsylvania trip.

 On Saturday, May 4, 2019 we will take a trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  We will meet at McDonald’s, at 10am sharp, located at 688 8th Avenue, the cross streets are W. 43rd Street and W. 44th Street. From here we altogether will walk to Port Authority.  The cost is $40 which includes the volunteer, NO REFUNDS, this trip will go on, god willing rain or shine. There will be 1 volunteer for every 2 people.  We will have lunch together at Burgers and More by Emeril in the Sands Hotel.  Lunch is at your own expense.  Volunteers since this trip is so expensive, we are asking you to bring money for your lunch. We will be going to the outlets; you can come if you wish. There will be gambling and we are looking to see if there are any shows available.  If you wish to come and have not signed up give me a call at 718-606-9712. Send check or money order, made out to Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC and send to Alice Crespo, 30-94 Crescent Street, Apt. 3A, Astoria, NY 11102.

On May 11, 2019 we will be having our general membership meeting, from 2 pm to 5 pm, at our new home, New Life Fellowship, 82-10 Queens Blvd, between Goldsmith Street and Simonson Street, in Elmhurst, Queens.  After the meeting we will be going to Georgia Diner, 80-26 Queens Blvd., between 51st Avenue and Codwise Place, you will pay your own meal and $5 for the volunteers.  Make your Access A Ride for 7:30 pm.

On, Thursday, May 9, 2019, we will have a Board meeting, ALL BOARD MEMBERS MUST ATTEND, at 6pm at the Hudson Guild, 441 W. 26th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue.

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 is Be a Friend Day at the Hudson Guild, 441 W. 26th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue from 1pm to 5pm.  Everyone will receive food pantry on Saturday.


If you wish to attend our June Fundraising Dinner you can start to send money now.  Send a check or money order, payable to Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC, to Alice Crespo or the PO Box.  Tell your friends as we need a good turnout.  If people cannot attend tell them to sponsor a ticket for someone who cannot afford it.

On June 1, Helping Hands will have a fundraising luncheon at Outback Steakhouse, 60 W.23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue from 2pm to 5pm.  The cost will only be $50. You will have a choice of a small steak, grilled chicken or fish.  You have a choice of mixed vegetables or garlic mashed potatoes.  You will also get soda and a slice of cheesecake.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call us at 718-606-9712.

I will be on vacation from July 5 to July 12.  If you have any concerns at that time please call Lucia Marett at 646-486-1649.

Please note that the following information is offered for your convenience, be a wise shopper and check out all information.  We cannot be responsible for information we are given. 

From Alice Crespo

Sermons on the phone this listing was given to me by Linda Stewart. 1-773-572-6206.  This is a listing of sermons you can listen to; I have found them very enjoyable and hope you will too. 

From Helen Murphy

USDA Launches Snap Online Purchasing Pilot participants may buy groceries online in NY

(Washington, DC., April 18, 2019)—For the first time, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will be able to select and pay for their groceries online, during a two-year test (pilot) launched today in New York State.  In making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue highlighted online purchasing’s potential, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to program integrity by looking carefully at the pilot.  Lessons learned from this pilot are expected to inform future efforts to expand online purchasing in SNAP.  “People who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food—by ordering and paying for groceries online.  As technology advances, it is important for SNAP to advance too, so we can ensure the same shopping options are available for both non-SNAP and SNAP recipients.”  Secretary Purdue said, “We look forward to monitoring how these pilots increase food access and customer service to those we serve, specifically those who may experience challenges in visiting brick and mortar stores.”  The system is developed to allow online purchasing only by SNAP households with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards issued by New York for this start of the online pilot project.  Online retailers will be limited to delivery in the pilot areas in New York only.  Information regarding expansion will be available after this launch is determined successful and other pilot states indicate their readiness to implement. 


Amazon and Walmart will participate in the initial pilot launch today with ShopRite joining early next week.  ShopRite and Amazon are providing service to the New York City area and Walmart is providing online service in upstate New York locations. Additional retailers are slated to participate in the pilot in coming months.  The pilot will eventually expand to other areas of New York as well as Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

Hope you all enjoy Spring now that the weather is getting nicer, I hope you will consider coming on our trips.  Please note, that after our meeting we always have a fun activity.

It is with great regret that I announce the passing of my dear friend and secretary of Helping Hands, Paula Wolff.  She will be missed by all that knew her as we the disabled lost a great advocate. 

If anyone is interested in the secretarial position please let me know. 


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