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  • YAI Network
    460 West 34th Street
    New York, NY 10001

    Tel: 212-273-6339
    Fax: 212-268-1083

    Email: hfm@yai.org

Staff Profiles

Sarah Baier, L.M.S.W.

Sarah has been with YAI for the past 7 years.  She currently holds the position of Assistant Coordinator in Clinical and Family services and manages the Leisure Trax vacation program for adults, the Independent Living Program, MAC summer camp program and of course HFM! Her favorite icecream flavor is raspberry, she loves soccer, is indifferent to football, and is an avid tea drinker. 

Anna Schechter, L.M.S.W.

After interning with YAI and HFM in 2012-2013 for her final year at Columbia University we are thrilled to announce that Anna has joined the year-round team of HFM. Anna will be heading up a new group of HFM called "Hang Out", which is for individuals who are medicaid waiver eligible and have asked for a program that runs with a higher frequency.

Mike VanConant

Mike has been working at YAI for the past 3 years in our recreation programs. Since August 2012 HFM has been fortunate to have HFM as part of the team.  He loves all Detroit sports, hiking, good food and exploring NYC.

Amani Danielian

Amani comes to HFM full time after many summer's at YAI's summer camp program. She joins Anna in supporting the HFM Hang Out crew providing innovative and energized programming and skill builiding to 21 people 6 times a month.

Traci Strumph

Traci joined the HFM team in the fall of 2013. An HFM Alumni member and self advocate Traci provides encouragement and member support to the Hang Out crew along with Anna and Amani.


Hankering For More primary goal is to help members spark social connections with peers that allow them to create and maintain their own social network without staff support and outside of formal HFM events.

We are a program available to adults with learning and developmental disabilities who live in and around the metro area. Our members largely navigate the world without staff or family members support. Some of our members are part of the larger OPWDD system while many of our members participate in no other formal services. Out of repsect for our group members and their independence, HFM provides approximately a 1:15 staff to member ratio.

About HFM; Our History and Program
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Jennifer and her brother hank

Hankering For More originally began as a small, independent not-for-profit organization.

Hankering For More was established by Jennifer Geiling and named for her brother-in-law, Hank, who has learning disabilities.

Like many young adults, Hank sought to increase his independence and expand his social opportunities. Unfortunately, however, Jennifer’s family was unable to find engaging social outlets through which Hank could meet people similar to himself. Hankering for More was created to fill this void by providing both social and educational opportunities tailored to the needs and interests of high-functioning adults with developmental and learning disabilities.

Hankering For More's events take place every four to six weeks on the weekends and are generally free. The majority of our activities occur in Manhattan, however, our participants come from the entire tri-state area. Click here to download information about our program including frequency, who HFM members are, and the level of support our program provides.

To Apply

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Want to apply to HFM? Make sure to download and read through our program FAQ's above.

HFM's members are not only dedicated to making and maintaining friendships but have also;

  • Have self identified as wanting support in making friends
  • Navigate the community on their own and are expected to come to and from HFM sponsored evens indepedently
  • Live on their own or are actively working towards indpeendent living
  • Attend school, work or are currently seeking employment
  • Enage in converations easily about themselves, teh community, current events and the world around them
  • Maintain their own appoints or social hangouts with minimal support

Does it sound like HFM might be the right match? Fill out our online form to the right. Once recieved, we'll give you a call to answer your questions and concerns and talk about next steps. A

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