The Crisis Center for Life Threatening Illness


  • Have you been diagnosed with HIV, cancer, or another life-threatening physical illness?
  • Are you a caregiver, family member or friend of someone who is ill?
  • Are you living with grief because of the death of someone you loved?

At times like these, it’s easy to feel frightened, powerless, overwhelmed and alone. That’s why Friends In Deed is here.

We’re a crisis center where you can find the emotional and spiritual support to cope with these challenging life circumstances. Friends In Deed provides a safe space where you can reconnect to a sense of possibility. We can help you get your life back.

Contact us or come to a meeting. We’re located right in the heart of SoHo. You can easily reach us by subway or bus.

All services are free of charge. That’s why we depend on donations. If you can help us, please make a donation now.

About FID

Everything we do at Friends In Deed is based on our vision, mission and values.

VISION: Friends In Deed’s vision is a world where no one with a life-threatening illness is frightened and alone… where those overwhelmed by illness, caregiving and grief find support… and where death is not viewed as a failure but as a natural part of the cycle of life.

MISSION: To provide pragmatic emotional and spiritual support for all those affected by life threatening illness, caregiving and grief.

VALUES: Walking the Talk, Authenticity, Integrity, and Accountability.

Why We Were Founded

Friends In Deed – The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness – was founded in 1991 by Mike Nichols and Cynthia O’Neal because of an urgent need. The epidemics of AIDS and cancer were raging – and overwhelmed doctors did not have any time for the emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. Friends In Deed was created to fill this void. Since that time thousands and thousands have come to Friends In Deed newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness… exhausted from caregiving… and heartbroken over the death of someone they loved. They arrive frightened, powerless, overwhelmed and alone. Friends In Deed provides a safe space where they can ease the fear and reconnect to their own resources and to a sense of possibility.

All services are provided free of charge.

Friends In Deed is a founding member of New York City Partnership 4 Family Caregiving Corps (NYCP4FC) which was launched by EmblemHealth in 2012.  For more information on this partnership, click here.