The Humanitarian


 Human Development Services of Westchester                    Volume 1, Issue 1

In this issue: Wellness . Ask Blanca . Did you know?

HDSW: Creating Community since 1968


In Remembrance and Honor of Dr. Tina Strobos, M.D.

The staff and Board of Directors of Human Development Services of Westchester dedicate this inaugural issue of our E-Newsletter to the memory of Tina Strobos, MD, who passed away on February 27, 2012.  Tina was instrumental in guiding the founding Board of Futura House, which established in 1968 a residence for persons leaving state psychiatric hospitals.  Tina continued supporting the work of the agency and those whom it served for many years and in many ways right up to the present.  She was a consummate humanitarian, stalwart in her character and gentle in her touch.  It was a privilege to know such a woman.  We shall miss her.


Featured Headlines


Wellness Campaign at HDSW!



HDSW was honored to be chosen 2 years

ago as one of a few agencies outside of NY

City to join in the Diabetes Co-Morbidity

Initiative, a research project to support

people with serious mental illness to

self-manage their Type II diabetes. This

has been made possible by and is a
result of the HDSW Health Initiative that
is still in action today.



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Did You Know?


By Marlene Taylor

Did you know that your HDSW Case Manager's responsibility is to look after your mental health concerns and needs as long as you're a member of the program? Always keep this in mind, and rest assured that they act solely on your behalf. Your recovery is your Case Manager's major concern. I present this article to you with great enthusiasm.


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Ask Blanca

Blanca Lopez, HDSW Neighborhood Preservation Company Director, answers your questions regarding a variety of housing-related issues and funding options. Look for her column in every issue.

What is the role of a Housing Counselor? 

Do you want advice on buying a home, renting, default, foreclosure avoidance, credit issues or reverse mortgages?   Speaking to a Housing Counselor may help.  A Housing Counselor is someone who can help you through the process of working to resolve your housing question or problem.  During a housing counseling session, the Housing Counselor will educate and guide you by reviewing the information provided, help you explore options, develop a budget, and create an action plan.   Counselors will also help you assess your individual financial situation and help you improve your credit to ensure that you are well-prepared for homeownership.   In addition, Housing Counselors can also help you if you face financial difficulties and have problems paying your mortgage on time. While counselors will do all that they can to assist you, the process is a two-way street with the client as a critical partner in the process. 

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Save The Date!!!



Save the evening of Wednesday, June 13, to attend The Roaring Twenties in June 2012, this year's gala HDSW fundraiser. Held again at the lovely waterfront Coveleigh Club at Milton Point in Rye, the evening will feature honorees, dinner, music, dancing, a raffle and silent auction, all with the Roaring Twenties theme, and some surprises! Details to follow.

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