Mission Statement

Hands Across Long Island (HALI) is a grassroots organization created in 1988. Our name represents our commitment to providing a helping and hopeful hand to our Long Island Community. HALI is a peer-run* non-profit Wellness and Recovery Center managed and operated by and for psychiatric survivors. HALI provides multi service resources and support to people with limited resources. We encourage and support people to realize their full potential while recognizing the importance of meeting people where they are in recovery.

Our commitment to upholding our Mission and Core Values to our members, teammates, and community has made HALI the greatest and largest peer-run agency in Long Island.

Broadly defined, peer support refers to a process through which people who share common experiences or face similar challenges come together as equals to give and receive help based on the knowledge that comes through shared experience (Riessman, 1989). A peer is an equal, someone with whom one shares demographic or social similarities. Support expresses the kind of deeply felt empathy, encouragement, and assistance that people with shared experiences can offer one another within a reciprocal relationship.