Meet Our Members

“My grandmother raised me after my mother died, when I was just 5 years old. When she got Alzheimer’s, I told her there was no way I would let her go into a nursing home. ICS helps me to keep my promise.”

Pamela Rodriguez, granddaughter of ICS member Ramonita Cordero

“My wheelchair is very important. If it isn’t working properly, I can’t go anywhere. Can you imagine twenty-four hours at home every day? You can’t move. It’s my feet; it’s my legs. If I don’t have it, I’m in prison.”

Franklin DePaula, ICS Transportation Coordinator and ICS member

“When people say to me, ‘I don’t have an aide or I can’t get the equipment or medication I need,’ I tell them: There’s a place you can go. At ICS, they’ll help you get the things you need, but they’ll also help you to be more independent.”

Catina Crews Rollins, ICS member since 2004

“ICS is the perfect place for us. It represents humanity and being treated with respect.”

ICS member Carmen Mendez (R), with sister, Luz, also an ICS member

“Without ICS, I wouldn’t have this new hearing aid or the speech therapy that’s helping people to understand me.” 

Kenny Diaz, ICS member since 2003

“Joining ICS was the best thing I could have done. If there were no ICS, my life would change because it’s as if I live here! The people at ICS are like family.”

Michaeline Branker, ICS member since 2000 and knitting teacher at ICS Brooklyn

“I joined ICS after I had a stroke. I lost control of my legs. ICS got me a wheelchair, my home attendant, physical therapy; it gets me transportation to the hospital. ICS is very good…it has helped me a lot.”

ICS member Mercedes Olivo (L), with daughter Rosamaria Ocasio, also an ICS member

“A lot of the guys with a SCI want to know, can I have a relationship—read, sex? I tell them you can. It’s going to be different, but everybody has sexual relationships differently.”

Marcus Johnson, ICS Care Coordinator and ICS member

“When I stopped working because of my MS, I didn’t have health insurance anymore. I was in a wheelchair; I needed to get in contact with doctors; I needed an aide. Once I came for my first ICS visit and the glass doors opened, I felt at peace. ICS took my hand and directed me. The stress is gone. I’m very, very grateful.”

Sasha Quinones, ICS member since 2011