About Us

Who We Are

HANAC, Inc. – originally founded by George Douris as the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee – is a New York City based multi-faceted social services organization with administrative offices at 27-40 Hoyt Avenue S in Astoria and fiscal office at 1250 Broadway in New York City. The organization was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of vulnerable populations throughout New York City.  HANAC’s organization mission is:

To develop, implement and administer the operation of service programs for the betterment of the community
to provide these services to any and all who are needy without discrimination as to race, creed, national origin or other defining characteristic
and to work closely with other providers, the city, state and federal governments for the betterment of the community.


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Our Leadership

HANAC is supported by a strong leadership team that is committed to the organization, its growth and responsiveness to the needs of its constituency.

George T. Douris

Evangeline Douris, Chairman
Nikitas Drakotos, President
Arthur Cheliotes, Vice-President
Stavros P. Plangetis, Treasurer
Nicholas Tjartjalis, Secretary

Board of Directors
Charles Capetanakis
Arthur Cheliotes
Evangeline Douris
Nikitas Drakotos
George Mihaltses
Constantina Papageorgiou
Steven P. Plangetis
Nicholas Tjartjalis
Demetria Tsagaris
Dennis Yuelys


The impact of HANAC’s services extends far beyond the 30,000 clients we serve annually. Each contact affects not only the life of the program participant but their family, friends, colleagues and co-workers.

The caregiver who is relieved, for a brief period of time from caretaking responsibilities, is a better spouse and parent by being given an opportunity to attend to other obligations or to enjoy free time.

The senior citizen who attends a senior center benefits from exercise, nutrition, socialization and the independence inherent in leading a full life. With increased independence these seniors are less dependent upon their own children for care and support thus freeing these younger adults to care for their families and be more productive at work.

Our Beacon Program and our after-school and summer youth programs support the growth of their young participants while enabling parents to attend to employment responsibilities knowing their children are safe. The employer benefits when the worker isn’t stressed by child safety concerns.

The individuals who seek help through our substance abuse prevention and treatment services and begin to change behavior patterns produce a ripple effect that brings positive change to families, friends and co-workers alike.

These examples merely touch the surface in illustrating the positive impact of HANAC’s programs and services on the lives of participants and their community.