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

    Tel: 212-273-6339
    Fax: 212-273-6531

    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, 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.


Hankering For More is a program available to high-functioning adults with learning and developmental disabilities who live in and around New York City. HFM provides intellectually and culturally stimulating social and educational opportunities that encourage meeting new people, making friends and developing life-long social skills.

About the Program

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Hankering For More originally began as a small, independent not-for-profit organization.  Now a member of the YAI Network, Hankering for More will have the advantage of being operated and supported by a well-established, award-winning agency. While you may notice some changes in the contact names and website, the quality and integrity of the program will remain as high as ever.

Some of Hankering For More's past events include private guided tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, a puppet making workshop, a pizza tour of the West Village, bowling and a trendy brunch, dance classes and theater and concert outings. All activities serve as catalysts for participants getting to know one another, socializing naturally and engaging in meaningful discussions.

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Jennifer and her brother Hank

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. Leading the HFM program are Sarah Baier, a clinician and administrator with eight years of experience with the YAI Network, and Michael VanConant, a supervisor of YAI Network's family service programs.

To Apply

If you are interested in participating in a Hankering for More event, the first step is to complete an application.  Once we have received your completed paperwork, we will contact you to meet one-on-one with a YAI staff member.  The application and meeting are designed to make sure that our program is the right match for you.

For more information on the Hankering for More program, or to begin the application process, please use the contact information to the right.  For general information on any and all YAI programs, services, evaluations or referrals, please call 1-866-2-YAI-LINK or e-mail link@yai.org. If someone does not answer when you call, please leave a message and a specialist will return your call as soon as possible.