Islanders for Islanders Support Continues

Founded in 2015, the Islanders for Islanders Fund is a joint initiative of the Fishers Island churches focused on helping sustain our year-round community.

Islanders aims to bolster the quality of year-round life for Island families and individuals in need of assistance. Being part of the year-round community Islanders is able to respond nimbly to island challenges and opportunities.

What we do
Responding to the needs of our winter population, this program supports an increasing number of projects for the benefit of the year-round population. A new initiative as of spring 2018 is helping cover the costs of having a professional counselor visit the Island weekly.  We anticipate a gradual uptick in the use of this important resource. As in past years, in cooperation with the Sanger Fund, Islanders also helps cover winter fuel and utility bills. Food needs are also addressed each winter through a small food resource room, support for fresh food purchased at the Village Market as well as gift cards to Stop and Shop. The Islanders Fund continues to support healthy snacks for our school children, Super Suppers for Seniors and helps defray some babysitting costs for working parents.  All assistance is provided confidentially to families or individuals.

During this past year Islanders for Islanders supported year-round residents with:

  • Food – Healthy snacks in the school, Non-perishable items available in the Food Resource Room in the Union Chapel,
  • Fresh food from the Village Market, Gift cards for mainland supermarkets
  • Utility bills
  • Ferry tickets
  • Accessible boardwalk onto South Beach
  • Professional credentialing
  • IHP Program Access to mental health counseling

Support for individuals and family residents is administered confidentially by The Rev. Michael Spencer who can best be reached by email at mspencer@sps.edu. Islanders for Islanders is supported by the Trustees of Union Chapel and a committee of year-round and seasonal residents under the auspices of the Island churches.

If you can help
We are grateful to the entire Island community for tax-deductible contributions to support these programs. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, kindly make checks out to Fishers Island Union Chapel, with “Islanders for Islanders” in the memo line.

Union Chapel
821 Crescent Avenue, #192
Fishers Island, NY 06390

501(c)3 non-profit, federal tax ID 11-6011360

On behalf of our recipients, we are deeply grateful for your support.

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Islanders for Islanders is pleased to introduce counselor, Dr. Jeffrey White.

Jeff White is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He practices in the New Haven area as a marriage and family therapist and is a Certified Gottman Therapist and a Certified Gottman Master Trainer. Dr. White serves on the faculty of Manhattan College and previously served as an MFT faculty member at Iona College as well as the Blanton-Peale Institute in New York.  Jeff received his Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University and is licensed to practice as a marriage and family therapist in Connecticut, Texas, and New York. For further information about fees and to set up an appointment, please call Dr. White directly. His cell is 203/998-8121.

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