History

Since 1978, we’ve been providing services for people in and around New York City whose lives have been unsettled by circumstances beyond their control. Since then, our growth has been driven by the growth in needs and their complexity. Every day brings fresh opportunities to address these needs one person at a time.

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1978

Seventh Day Adventist
Charities founded

1981

First affordable housing program
with supports for people with
behavioral health concerns opens

1982

First residence for adults with
intellectual/developmental
disabilities in the Bronx opens

1989

Seventh Day Adventist
Charities becomes Services
for the UnderServed (S:US)

1990

S:US begins to provide affordable housing with
supports for homeless men and women living
with AIDS throughout Brooklyn

1992

First S:US housing program
opens in Queens

1995

First supportive housing dedicated
to homeless veterans with
behavioral health challenges

1996

S:US services expand beyond
housing into Day Services

2000

S:US provides harm reduction
outreach to inadequately housed
individuals living with HIV/AIDS in SROs

2002

S:US provides affordable
housing for low income
individuals (without disabilities)

2005

First S:US after-school and weekend
programs for children with intellectual/
developmental disabilities begin

2008

Care Coordination
Services introduced

2010

First Urban Farm is launched to
promote agriculture and provide
employment opportunities

2012

S:US opens first shelter for homeless
men with mental health challenges

2013

Parachute pilot project begins,
offering an alternative to
psychiatric hospitalization

2015

S:US’ first modular construction of a 63-unit apartment building in the Bronx.
Integration of primary care services at the S:US Recovery Center

2018

S:US celebrates
its 40th anniversary

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