The Crisis Center for Life Threatening Illness

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Friends In Deed, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional and spiritual support for anyone diagnosed with a life-threatening physical illness, for caregivers and for those living with grief.  Our groups and other holistic programs, services, workshops and classes are held in our loft space at 594 Broadway, Suite 706, New York, New York, 10012.  Friends In Deed welcomes those who rent space here to share in our sacred space.

See below for the room rental descriptions.  To reserve a room or for information on rates and schedule, please send an email to or call 212-925-2009, extension 203. Hourly and day rates available. 

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD… We are located in the heart of SoHo, just south of historic Greenwich Village and surrounded by galleries, museums, restaurants of all kinds, and the best shopping New York has to offer. We’re close to several subway and bus lines and off-the-street parking is available nearby. You’ll find some of the city’s premiere boutique hotels in the neighborhood as well.


Serene, spacious and extremely comfortable, our multi-purpose Big Room has been newly renovated and carpeted with wall-to-wall carpeting. Large windows on one side, high ceilings (including ceiling fan) and a banquette with cozy cushions make this room perfect for lectures, workshops, yoga classes, concerts and a wide array of meetings and performances. This room includes a Baby Grand piano. Room size approx. 736 square feet. Ceiling height 12 feet. Hourly and day rates available. 


“Cozy” is a common word used to describe The Living Room. With a fabulously comfortable sofa, armless side chairs, banquette and controllable lighting dimmer, guests always feel relaxed in this peaceful space. Ideal for small workshops, meetings and classes. Freshly painted, The Living Room includes stylish coffee table and area rug as well as a top quality Bose acoustic music system. Room size approx. 506 square feet. Ceiling height 12 feet. Hourly and day rates available.


You couldn’t ask for a better Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen. With elongated stainless steel counter top and a large amount of preparation space, The Kitchen is perfect for cooking classes, hands-on workshops or even just to prepare meals to be served in our other spaces. Includes microwave, refrigerator, ice machine, stove top oven, two conventional wall ovens, and instant hot water system. Kitchen size approx. 126 square feet. Ceiling height 12 feet. Hourly and day rates available.


Intimate and peaceful, Room 1 is a perfect space for various forms of bodywork and massage. Use this calming and serene room for one-on-one appointments and lessons. Includes ceiling fan. Room size approx. 88 square feet. Ceiling height 12 feet. Hourly and day rates available.


Newly painted, this meditative space is wonderful for classes, small workshops and various meetings. With wall-to-wall carpeting, ceiling fan and lighting dimmer, Room 2 is an ideal calming environment. Room size approx. 187 square feet. Ceiling height 12 feet. Hourly and day rates available. 

PLEASE NOTE:  We wish to maintain an atmosphere of affirmation, decorum and respect for the sacred space that is Friends In Deed.  Friends In Deed reserves the right to cancel any rental at any time when, in the sole view of Friends In Deed, the space is being used in ways that are inconsistent with the Friends In Deed values or that would disrupt the normal working atmosphere of Friends In Deed or the building.

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An Open Door For All
Since 1991, Friends has helped transform many thousands of lives through our programs and services. We provide emotional support for anyone with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening physical illnesses… their family, friends, and caregivers… and anyone dealing with grief and bereavement. And we run a major HIV prevention program for teens in NYC public schools.
All of our services are free of charge.

Sharing Feelings, Speaking the Truth, Living In the Moment

It all starts with the Big Group – the heart and soul of our work. The premise behind this meeting is deceptively simple. It’s about hearing and speaking the truth and living life in the moment. At the Big Group, we have the opportunity to express our emotions by sharing our feelings and experiences. We begin to recognize that we’re not alone on this journey and that it’s possible to have a life of quality, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

How to Start

Individualized Support
One of the most unique aspects of our work is the availability of one-on-one crisis counseling for anyone in need of more individualized support. Every month, 100 counseling appointments are scheduled with our exceptional team of therapists. While not intended as ongoing therapy, our one-on-one crisis counseling does provide essential assistance for people at particularly difficult periods in their lives.

Body Work, Yoga,& Meditation
Friends recognizes the interconnection between our physical and emotional well-being. That’s why we have a team of bodyworkers available to provide 100 bodywork sessions each month, that can include Reiki, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Polarity, Swedish, and CranioSacral Therapy and Breema. In addition, we have weekly classes in yoga and guided meditation.

Workshops & Seminars
We believe that information is power. Our experts offer advice on communicating with doctors, managing medications, and understanding the relationship between mainstream and alternative treatments. Our nutritional program shows the role food can play in dealing with illness. Our workshops enable people to make empowering choices. We help people develop the practical tools needed to move beyond preconceptions, whether dealing with illness, grief, or personal crisis.

HIV Prevention Program
Teens are one of the fastest growing segments of the AIDS epidemic. That’s why we created our School Program. In cooperation with the NYC Department of Education, we provide free HIV prevention workshops at public schools and at our location. What makes this program especially powerful is that our school speakers are living with HIV. Since the School Program began, we have reached more than 70,000 students.

Over 250 Helping Hands & Hearts
Friends is fortunate to have over 250 dedicated volunteers who generously give their time and talents – working an astounding 1,500 hours every month. They work at the reception desk, answer phones, accompany people to doctor visits, speak at schools, help with fundraising, provide invaluable outreach assistance for those who are homebound or hospitalized, and on and on. Without the help of these incredible men and women, Friends’ staff would be unable to accomplish all we do.

Friends In Deed STAFF
Uniquely Focused On Our Programs

We have six full-time and five part-time staff members. Unlike many organizations, the majority of our staff is actually involved in the hands-on work we do: leading Big Groups, one-on-one counseling, visiting hospitals, conducting workshops and more. To be as cost-efficient as possible, some of our key staff also play administrative roles. Plus, we have a small, dedicated fundraising team to support the work.

Cynthia O’Neal, President
Robert McNamara, Managing Director
Cynthia Burke, Outreach Director
Jon Read, Client Services Director
Michael Jones, School Program Director
Michele Esparza, Program Administrator
Michael Cohen, Administrative Assistant

Scott Berliner
Robert Levithan
Robin Magid
Eric Schneider

Board of Directors
Robert Levithan, Co-Chairman
Hamilton South, Co Chairman
Mike Nichols, Chairman Emeritus
Cynthia O’Neal, President
Kenneth Starr, Treasurer
Ellen Barkin
Graydon Carter
Bette-Ann Gwathmey
Jane Holzer
Bryan Lourd
Carole Radziwill
John Remington
Jeffrey Seller
Heather Watts

Support Us

How can you become a “Friend”

It’s simple. Anyone who is interested in our services, or feels moved to contribute his or her own resources of time, kindness, or financial support, is welcome.


Volunteering is the cornerstone of Friends In Deed. We’re able to do all the work we do because of our incredible volunteers. And we’re always looking for more help. Our volunteers work at the reception desk, answer phones, accompany people to doctor visits, help with fundraising, work with the computers, provide massage and body work services, visit those who are homebound or hospitalized… and on and on. Without the help of these incredible men and women, Friends’ staff would be unable to accomplish all we do.

If you’re interested in volunteering, the first step is to attend one of our six weekly Big Groups and come to the front desk after the meeting. For more information, contact our Program Manager, Michele Esparza at 212-925-2009.

Friends In Deed is an Accredited Charity of the BBB and a proud participant in the Charity Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.  For more information about the Standards, please visit the BBB of Metro New York’s website at

Other Ways you can help

Make a Monthly Pledge
Pledging a monthly contribution is an easy way to support Friends throughout the year. Just tell us what you would like to contribute monthly, and Friends will charge this amount to your credit card. It’s an easy way to budget your donation and improve our cash flow.

Donate Stocks, Bonds & Securities
Donating stocks, bonds, equities, or other securities, can help Friends by building future equity into our portfolio. Your tax-deductible amount is the market value at the time of donation. Please contact our portfolio manager, Steve Sheresky, at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.— at (212) 272-7004. His office will assist you in your donation and answer any questions you might have.

Check for Matching Grants
Many corporations have Employee Matching Grant programs. For every dollar you donate to Friends, your company may match it or even double it. Ask your Human Resource Administrator for the matching gift form you can include with every donation you make to Friends In Deed.

Create Personal Fundraisers
Including Friends In Deed in a personal celebration can be a wonderful way to support our work. You could hold a small dinner party at home or a restaurant where a donation to Friends could be asked. One of our long-time supporters, Avalon Salon & Day Spa, used to hold a bake sale for Friends once a year. Others have donated the proceeds from club or theatre performances. And every year, many of our supporters ask for donations to Friends In Deed in lieu of birthday gifts. Now THAT’S giving. If you need help with an idea, just give us a call! The ideas and your imagination are limitless.

Name Friends In Deed as a Beneficiary
A residual effect of walking through our doors is the feeling of becoming part of an extended family. Leaving a legacy for the future will help future Friends who gather here for support. Confer with your lawyer on the types of charitable trusts, gifts of real estate and life insurance, and the many different types of bequest options available to you when considering making Friends In Deed a beneficiary.

Go SHOPPING for Friends In Deed on our      “WISH LIST”!
Now you can help us by purchasing items we really need to continue doing the work we do – some small, common items, some more extravagant – and you can do it all with a few clicks of your mouse! Just click here and you’ll be sent directly to our specific “Wish List” on The user-friendly prompts will guide you through the online purchase. You’ll see what items we need and you can choose what you’d like to purchase for us. Our shipping info is already in there so all you need to do is enter your address and payment information. It’s easy!