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NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program Is Moving to NYLAG!

Dear Colleague,
Big changes are happening to the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program, which was founded by Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., where it has grown from a part-time hotline in the 1990’s to a statewide leader in advocacy for access to health and long-term care benefits for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.  Effective April 1, 2013, the entire Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP) – with all seven of its full-time staff – is moving to the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG).  (No, this is not an April Fool's joke!)
Selfhelp, EFLRP, and NYLAG leadership have worked together to ensure that Selfhelp’s vulnerable elderly clients will continue to benefit from the outstanding work of EFLRP.  While the organizational transfer will take place on April 1, 2013, all EFLRP staff will remain located at their current Selfhelp offices for a number of months while space is prepared at NYLAG’s office.  
While this is a major restructuring, many things will not change.  All seven EFLRP staff will continue to work as a unified team, with the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program remaining intact as a unit and preserving its name.  We are proud to continue to honor the memory of Evelyn Frank, a passionate legal services lawyer who advocated for access to Medicaid for low-income people in California, and who died at too young an age.  Her father, the late Hans Frank, established the program in her memory at Selfhelp.  A survivor of the Holocaust, Hans Frank was a leader on the Boards of both Selfhelp and NYLAG.

At NYLAG, EFLRP will continue to --

  • Provide direct legal representation and advice to clients of Selfhelp’s many community-based programs as well as other New Yorkers who rely on Medicaid or Medicare;

  • Conduct legal education programs for legal, social work, health care and other professionals from throughout New York City, including Selfhelp’s many social work staff;    

  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to the large community of New York professionals who assist and advocate for consumers who need Medicaid and long-term care services; 

  • Maintain the website, along with its partners at The Legal Aid Society and Empire Justice Center; and

  • Voice the concerns of consumers in advocating for policies that protect their rights as new models of care are implemented.    

We are delighted to be joining NYLAG, a well-established and creative leader in delivery of legal services to indigent populations, with which we have long collaborated.  With NYLAG’s broad spectrum of specialties – including its Immigration Protection Unit,  Holocaust Compensation Assistance Project, Special Litigation Unit, and LegalHealth program, just to name a few – joining forces will bring many new opportunities for effective advocacy and representation for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.   

We at EFLRP are grateful to Selfhelp for providing a nurturing home for the last eleven years, with the vision and hard work of its leadership and many dedicated staff that have enabled EFLRP to grow and flourish.  
We are grateful to NYLAG for welcoming our entire team into the NYLAG family with warmth and generosity. 
Most of all, we are grateful to you and all of our supporters, without whose generosity we would not have been able to grow to become the leader in advocacy that we are today.  We hope we can count on your continued support at NYLAG (after April 1st you will be able to earmark your donation to the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program in the dropdown list of Units!)
NEW E-MAIL ADDRESSES FOR EFLRP STAFF – Phones and fax remain the same Selfhelp numbers until further notice.

Name Title New E-mail
April 1, 2013**
Valerie J. Bogart Director
David Silva Assistant Director
Paula Arboleda** Senior Legal Advocate**
Chant'e Ingram Admin. Assistant
Charles Tripp AVODAH/Legal Advocate
Rebecca Wallach Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney
Marie Vaz Staff Attorney
Ronald C. Mayer Volunteer Attorney
Peretz Berk Volunteer Attorney
Matthew Milford Volunteer Attorney

** Paula Arboleda’s e-mail will remain until June 1, 2013. 

Thank you for your support.

Best regards --

Our new contact information effective April 1st, 2013

Valerie Bogart, Director     
David Silva, Assistant Director

Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program
New York Legal Assistance Group
c/o Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
520 8th Avenue,  5th Fl.
New York NY  10018-6540
Tel:   (212) 971-7658 (Intake Line)
         (212) 971-7749 (Chant'e Ingram, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: (212) 947-8737
General Contact E-mail:

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Make a donation to NYLAG online and please earmark for the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program so that we can continue to provide these services.

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