Helping People Help Themselves

Federation of Organizations is a multi-service, community-based social welfare agency operating programs that utilize peer support within a self-help model. We develop programs that are designed to meet the needs of special populations, such as people recovering from mental illness, the homeless, low-income seniors and at-risk children. For more than 35 years, Federation, a not-for-profit corporation, has been working to improve services to people with disabilities and their families through education, information and referral services, legislative action and program development.

Mission Statement

Federation assists individuals and families in meeting their own needs within communities through self-help, provision of quality services, advocacy and development of resources. We help individuals and communities flourish by helping people to help themselves become productive participants in community life.


Federation of Organizations was incorporated in 1972 as an alliance of mental health advocacy groups. These groups were comprised of relatives of individuals who were patients in psychiatric centers in New York State. At that time, each center had a “concerned citizens group” or “hospital guild” that worked to improve conditions for patients through direct services and advocacy. Usually, these groups were made up of family members who were advocating for good treatment and safe environments for their loved ones. During this period, the standard treatment for mental illness was indefinite hospitalization.

With the advent of psychotropic medication, impelled by financial considerations and the civil rights movement, the early 1970s saw the return of many people to the community, rather than enduring long-term hospitalization. Two-thirds of the patients released from hospitals in the first wave of deinstitutionalization went back to their families of origin. There were, unfortunately, very few support services in the community, and the responsibility of supporting these individuals was placed on the family.

Family members were prominent among those who advocated for resources to be developed in the community. It was a long fight, but now it is clearly recognized that community treatment is the best path to recovery from mental illness. The struggle for resources continues and there are many challenges before us, especially the pressure for cost containment.

Federation was organized during the era of hospital-based care, and has remained a leader in the development of community-based social model mental health services for people living with mental illness. In 1981, we developed a program to employ individuals with psychiatric illness to assist in the provision of services, and we have been a pioneer in this field ever since.

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Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
A Celebration of Senior Volunteers

Federation of Organizations hosted a Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Friday, May 3rd at the Huntington Hilton. The event served to honor senior volunteers from the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs and was well attended by over 300 guests. The day was celebrated with a gala luncheon and dancing.

Photo Caption: NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci presented certificates to the volunteers. Pictured left to right: Barbara Faron, CEO, Federation of Organizations; Tracy Falkner, Director of Community Services, Federation of Organizations; Foster Grandparent volunteer Joan Strassberg; Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci

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2012 Highlights
On October 5th, Federation of Organizations hosted a Networking and Business Event at Russo’s on the Bay. The event, sponsored by Liberty Management Group and Lincoln Computer Systems, provided a forum for over 200 business professionals, hospital representatives and not-for-profits to discuss the future of healthcare. The Keynote Speaker was Jason Helgerson, NY State Medicaid Director .

Barbara Faron, CEO with Jason Helgerson, N.Y. State Medicaid Director.

On Friday, June 15th, Federation of Organizations hosted a Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event, which was well attended with over 500 guests, served to honor senior volunteers from the Suffolk County Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs as well as the Nassau County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

On April 20th Federation celebrated the opening of our new Queens Village Community Residence/Single Room Occupancy (CR/SRO) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon for over 150 guests. Pictured are Senator Frank Padavan and Barbara Faron, CEO performing the ribbon cutting.