How can you help.

As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 emergency, keeping the people we support and our staff healthy remains our top priority. We will provide regular updates on our COVID-19 response page. Here are ways you can help:

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YAI's Direct Support Professionals are working around the clock to provide comfort and care for over 800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living in YAI residences. These programs are staffed 24/7 and often involve close contact with people with different physical, social and medical needs.

As our frontline staff face the challenges of COVID-19 while trying to stay healthy themselves, they know that staying home is not possible. They are going above and beyond to care for YAI residents. Meanwhile, YAI's programs are doing everything possible to maintain quality services, combat supply shortages, and provide a supportive environment for children and adults with disabilities at this difficult time.

YAI is meeting new demands during this crisis so we've created a COVID Emergency Fund to defray unexpected costs and help us maintain the highest safety standards possible to navigate this crisis.


Give to COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Group of YAI staff wearing hand sewn face masks.

Make Masks

YAI is seeking volunteers to sew cotton face masks for the people we support and our staff. YAI supports over 20,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Right now, we urgently need masks for our clinical services as well as our residences and programs.

Finished masks should be mailed to:

YAI Headquarters
220 E. 42nd Street, Fl 8
New York, NY 10017

Pattern ideas:

With elastic. Video Tutorial - pleated mask

No elastic? Video Tutorial - pleated mask | Picture Tutorial (printable) - pleated mask

Can't sew? Video - no sew mask, fabric and 2 hairbands needed

Collection of positive notes with messages like "You are the best", "amazing", and "we can't do it without you"Send a Note of Encouragement

Show your appreciation for YAI's frontline staff by sending them a note of encouragement or thanks. Post cards, letters, cards, handmade, or store bought, any and all notes will go a long way in encouraging staff.

Notes can be mailed to:

YAI Headquarters
220 E. 42nd Street, Fl 8
New York, NY 10017

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