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Cabrini Immigrant Services
21 Cedar Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Sister Roselle Santivasi. Marianne McGowan (ESL)
Services provided: naturalization and immigration issues, benefits-food stamps, SSI, Medicaid, educational programs-ESL, citizenship
parenting, health care screening and health care referrals.
Contact Person: Sister Roselle Santivasi. Marianne McGowan (ESL)
Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
This-not-for-profit agency provides immigrants with information related to obtaining citizenship, entitlements, education, housing, employment and health care. All of the services provided by the program are free. The staff assists the clients in completing applications and forms. English-as-a-Second- Language classes are one of the main services provided by the program staff and volunteers.
Since opening its doors from a downtown Dobbs Ferry storefront in 1998, Cabrini Immigrant Services has provided its clients with the means to obtain citizenship, education, benefits, employment and health care. English and citizenship classes; assistance with naturalization, immigration, benefits and employment issues; advocacy services, after-school homework sessions; health education programs, and an annual Health Fair are some of its broad based essential services.
Sr. Roselle Santivasi is Director of the program, initiated by SCNH under the guidance of Vice President of External Operations Donna McNamara and SCNH President and CEO Patricia Krasnausky. In addition to Sr. Roselle, Secretary Diana Mogro, and English as a Second Language Coordinator Marianne McGowan, the program is sustained by a strong volunteer base, which has grown along with the number of clients. St. Cabrini Nursing Home staff have been strong supporters as well, generously donating clothing, furniture and food for clients in need. Some employees have also benefited from the program's resources.
Community collaboration, including churches, local schools and government, and health care providers have contributed to the ongoing success of CIS, along with the cooperation of groups ranging from the New York Immigration Coalition to the Westchester Literacy and Language Alliance. Most recently, CIS joined forces with the Westchester YWCA, Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry, Riverside Health System and the Italian-American Cancer Foundation to put on its Annual Health Screening Fair in July. In addition, special financial assistance this year has come from a United Way of Westchester and Putnam grant for health education seminars and the Cabrini Mission Foundation, which funded an English-as- a-Second Language teacher.