On August 30, 1989, Bob and Angie Policastro’s daughter, Angela, was born with severe brain damage. The Policastros soon learned that there were no local specialized homes or facility available so they sought placement for Angela in a specialty hospital in Connecticut. While the facility was equipped to provide the kind of care and love that Angela needed, the travel was over two hours. Unfortunately, Angela succumbed to her frail state and passed away shortly after her first birthday.
Since then, the Policastros have committed themselves to make up for the voids in the system and help improve the lives of local medically frail children and their families. In 1992, the Policastros founded the non-for-profit Angela’s House. The organization was created to offer families and professionals an agency to call to help medically frail children and their families.
The doors of the first home of Angela’s House, located in East Moriches, opened in the fall of 2000. Once funding was secured, with the help of Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Angela’s House worked in collaboration with Independent Group Home Living to build and operate this home. This special home for children is the first of its kind which provides a loving environment with 24-hour nursing care. In the Spring 2005, Angela’s House opened their second home in Smithtown.
Now, Angela’s House celebrates their 20th year, a milestone Bob Policastro is overwhelmed to have accomplished. "It is amazing to think we have been assisting families care for children with special health care needs for 20 years. When my wife and I were faced with the heart wrenching medical trauma that we experience with our daughter Angela we thought there would never be a feeling of peace again. We now feel blessed to have helped thousands of families caring for medically fragile children," Policastro states. The gala will feature cocktail reception, open bar with dinner, and a Chinese auction. Dinner tickets are priced at $100. Sponsorships and journal ads are also available.
With an enormous waiting list, Angela’s House efforts are ongoing. The organization is working to open their third home. For more information on the organization, to attend their Gala or other upcoming, or to make a donation, please visit www.angelashouse.org.