A House Where Hope Lives

Karen Siler, 54, of Seaford, said she felt like she met her 26-year-old son, Ryan, for the first time in 2015. Ryan is autistic, his mother explained, and his biggest challenge is expressive language. Siler said that she would talk to him about adult life, but she did not know whether he understood until he […]

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DOF Adds Over $12,000,000 of Investments in 2017!

In 2017, DOF added over $12,000,000 in new capital which we deployed into many exciting projects which benefited low-income people with disabilities and their families.  This year, Bank of America led the way by recommitting itself to DOF’s work – it increased its investment to $5,000,000 and HSBC doubled its investment to $2,000,000.  Basilian Fathers […]

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Hammerman Joins CDFI Fund on Panel at OFN 2017 Conference

On September 28, 2017, DOF President and CEO Charles D. Hammerman joined Amber Bell, Manager of the CDFI and NACA Programs for the CDFI Fund (U.S. Treasury) on a panel titled “The CDFI Industry’s New Market: People with Disabilities.”  During this session conference participants were provided information about the Disability CDFI Coalition and enjoyed an […]

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DOF Honored at HSBC Cares

On October 23, 2017, HSBC hosted 400 people at Gotham Hall in New York City to recognize the work of eight not-for-profits.  DOF’s work was highlighted during the presentations. We were taken by surprise when the Chief Administrative Officer of HSBC presented DOF with a check for $10,000!!  Thank you HSBC for your previous investments […]

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DOF Helps Baltimore-Based Employment Center Double Its Space!

Itineris provides person centered programs focused on helping individuals develop the skills needed to obtain a meaningful job in a field they enjoy. We focus on Pointe Based Learning and Community Based Learning and programming that utilizes the Itineris Adult Autism Career and Life Skills Curriculum. Our adults participate in Work Awareness and Job Readiness […]

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DOF Partners with Contact Fund/SeaChangeCapital to Help LETC

Contact Fund was an early $100,000 investor in DOF (2010).  In February 2013 Contact Fund and SeaChange Capital Partners formed an alliance to enable better access to mission-driven capital for New York City’s frontline nonprofits working in low income neighborhoods.   League Education and Training Center (LETC):  League Education and Training Center is over 60 […]

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DOF To The Rescue!

The Atlas for Autism School is a non-profit, non-public school serving children and young adults aged 7-21 years diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in New York City.  Atlas provides an individualized full-day, full-year educational program for each student. The program uses a multi-strategic approach, data analysis as well as evidence-based and cutting-edge interventions and techniques. […]

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A Mom’s Dream Becomes A Reality!

Karen’s Hope (KHI) is a 501c3 organization established in 2014. The vision of Karen’s Hope is to empower individuals with disabilities to lead productive, more independent lives by providing housing, as well as educational and social programs. When individuals transition at age 21, they now have a place to turn to pursue independent living, while […]

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DOF Lends a Hand to Gulf Coast Housing Partnership

GCHP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in New Orleans and works throughout the Gulf South region. Gulf Coast Housing Partnership was established in early 2006 after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated communities throughout the region. Their primary focus is on Louisiana and Mississippi with expansion into Alabama, Florida and Texas. Its mission is to revitalize […]

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Rising Tide Car Wash

Rising Tide Car Wash is a scalable social enterprise with the primary mission to employ adults with autism. By delivering a first-rate car wash experience to the consumer, Rising Tide strives to inspire communities to change their perception of the capabilities of people with autism. Through intensive training, team building and caring for the community, […]

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