The Robin Hood Foundation, selected a married couple who are Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) Clients to highlight in an article published on the blogging web site Medium. The site has almost a half-million unique viewers per month. Robin Hood is New York’s largest organization dedicated to fighting poverty and a major funder of Brightpoint Health and our CHASI affiliate.
The article, entitled “A Recipe for Healing”, tells the story of Robin Seltzer, a Staten Island woman who loves to cook and entertain—holding legendary Thanksgiving feasts for up to 70 guests. Unfortunately, she was badly injured in car accident which left her with limited vision, in constant pain and virtually immobile. She had to leave her job and rely on disability. Confined to a wheel chair, she gained more weight and developed diabetes—further impairing her eye site.
Fortunately, Robin reached out to CHASI, starting at their food pantry and then receiving medical care through their programs. The biggest change came when she began attending CHASI’s support group for people with chronic pain. Robin tells how knowing others in her situation helped her overcome her challenges. Within a year, Robin had lost 150 pounds and regained her mobility. She is also able to entertain again and even keep up with her 2-year old grandson.
Today she is a CHASI volunteer, doing “whatever she can to help.”
Among the people Robin has helped is her husband, Mikhail who was the victim of a violent crime that severed his spine. He joined Robin in the pain support group and despite his continued limited mobility, now volunteers at the CHASI food pantry unpacking boxes and stocking shelves.
“We are very honored that Robin Hood chose to feature CHASI and how we are providing vital services to Staten Islanders who need help,” said Paul Vitale, Brightpoint’s President and Chief Executive Officer, “CHASI Executive Director Diane Arneth and her team do outstanding work and Brightpoint has gained a lot by having CHASI as part of our organization.”
CHASI’s services include, besides the food pantry that serves over 1 million meals annually, substance abuse treatment, services for people with HIV/AIDS, programs for domestic violence victims and those reentering from incarceration. CHASI was also at the forefront of providing services and support to Staten Islanders impacted by Hurricane Sandy, a program that continues today.
Robin Hood was founded in 1988 and focuses its resources on programs that generate meaningful results for people and families in New York's poorest neighborhoods. Robin Hood has raised more than $1.95 billion in dollars, goods and services to provide vital services for New York’s needy. Their funds are distributed through organizations, like Brightpoint Health, who demonstrate cost effective operations and proof of results.