BiasHELP, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Karen Ross
  • Title:Vice President of Agency Programs

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:BiasHELP, Inc.
  • Address:60 Adams Avenue
    Hauppauge, NY 11788
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:631 479-6015
  • Main fax:631 271-5720

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General

  • Mission:
  • BiasHELP, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency dedicated to preventing, monitoring and lessening the effects of bias crimes, hate-related harassment and discrimination. BiasHELP considers an action to be discriminatory when a person or group is targeted, in whole or in part, because of their perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability (including HIV status) or sexual orientation. Though BiasHELP serves all who fall prey to bias crimes, hate-related harassment and discrimination, our programs recognize that racial and ethnic minorities, Jewish people, and members of the gay and lesbian community are among the populations most often impacted.

  • History:
  • BiasHELP Inc. has established an outstanding reputation for crafting a comprehensive response to community and school-based violence, particularly as it relates to young people. Our commitment to high quality, comprehensive support services for victims of bullying, harassment and violence has been nationally recognized, as have our empirically based youth violence prevention interventions. Community-based collaborations and partnerships with schools, community-based organizations, faith-based agencies and local/state government units have been cornerstones of all of our projects as we work locally to reduce the incidence of harassment and violence in all its forms. We have an extensive repertoire of professional training programs and an impressive force of dynamic, culturally-competent presenters dedicated to achieving maximum impact on a wide variety of target audiences. While BiasHELP originally focused on the high number of hate crimes in our region based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and disability, our mission and programs have evolved to include the closely related issues of school-based bullying as well as gang membership, which is typically organized among racial/ethnic lines.

    BiasHELP has worked hard in the past three years in particular, to diversify its programs and funding base, and to enhance its relationships with other nonprofits and schools. We’ve successfully launched several new programs in the last year including an evidence-based program called “FAST” (Families and Schools Together). The initiative serves Hispanic girls and their families and reduces their risk factors for violence, while strengthening their protective factors in school, at home and in the community.

    BiasHELP also collaborated with the Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC) on their federally funded mobile outreach and HIV testing initiative through the Office of Minority Health. Utilizing a specialized van, the mobile outreach program brings HIV education and testing directly to individuals at highest risk for HIV infection. BiasHELP was able to assist staff with gaining unparalleled access to subsections of the minority population on Long Island, specifically in gang influenced neighborhoods, which are often difficult to penetrate.

    BiasHELP currently works as a key partner with the Long Island Network of Community Services (LINCS) on their community coalition, the North Fork Alliance, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Drug Free Community Support Program. In addition to coordinating and participating in Alliance activities, BiasHELP provides Alliance and community members with education on the link between substance use and hate crimes/gang activities.

    BiasHELP created the A Voice Project, A Violence and Oppression In Communities Everywhere which is a project being implemented in the Patchogue-Medford community. It proposes to foster racial healing by making an impact among vulnerable children and their families at four levels: individual, family, agency and community.

    Most recently, BiasHELP has expanded its scope of services to address the shortage of recidivism prevention assistance available to Long Island’s post-incarcerated (reentry) population. BiasHELP assists racial/ethnic minority reentry individuals on Long Island returning from federal and state prisons through the HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-Offenders (HIRE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. This is a three-year project, in collaboration with the Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC) and the Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) of Suffolk.

  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:7

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:11-3387522

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