This is your Agency Update for 11-14-18

HEARTSHARE

HeartShare hosted its inaugural AI360° Ability and Inclusion Summit on Nov 1-2 to close the employment gap for people with disabilities. Thank you to Goldman Sachs, Publicis Media and Ready Set Rocket for judging our Shark Tank competition and providing year-long in-kind mentoring and support to our three finalists LuvMichael, Cleaning with Meaning and Extraordinary Ventures NY. View Facebook Album.

ArtShare for HeartShare celebrated its 10th Annual Opening Reception at Clover’s Fine Art Gallery on Thursday, November 8th. Art will be on display at the gallery until Friday, November 16. View Facebook Album. We are grateful for the Investors Foundation donation to the ArtShare program.

HeartShare and its Family of Services helps New Yorkers overcome their challenges and reach their full potential. Thank you for helping make this a reality! See our full 2018 Annual Report.

We are proud of our Marathon team, who ran the 26.2 miles on behalf of HeartShare. Learn more about some of our supporters, including Board Members Mark Healy and Christine Strehle, Katie Selby, and best friends Allie Cashin and Allie Carrick.

HeartShare and its Family of Services hosted its 2018 Employee Recognition Dinner on Thursday, October 25th at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. The agency recognized service anniversaries and Outstanding Employees for their exemplary dedication to our children, adults and families. See Facebook Album.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful day for the 9th Annual Jim Buckley’s Golf Outing, benefiting HeartShare’s children, adults & families. See Facebook Album.

HeartShare responded to the community’s energy needs with NYS Senator Leroy Comrie and partners at Majority Baptist Church in St. Albans, Queens.

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November is National Adoption Month. There are hundreds of children in Brooklyn and Queens in need of safe, loving homes. There’s so much that you can do–donate, volunteer or welcome these children into your home. WATCH VIDEO.

Robert Rutkoff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, at Guggenheim Partners, who facilitates mentor sessions for youth in care, will be honored as our Rising Star at the HSVS Annual Benefit on November 29th. WATCH VIDEO.

EVENTS

Thurs, Nov. 29, 2018         

HSVS Annual Benefit

The Pierre, 6 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 12, 2018

Junior Board Holiday Party

91 East Third Street, 6:30 p.m.

For those reading a hard copy of this Agency Update, all hyperlinked items may be found on the News & Events page of our websites.

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This is your Agency Update for 9-28-18

HEARTSHARE

Our inaugural AI360° Ability & Inclusion Summit will bring together corporations, non-profits, universities and others to bridge the employment gap for people with disabilities. The Summit on Nov 1-2 also will feature a ‘Shark Tank’ pitch project. Applications welcome until Friday, Oct. 5.
HeartShare Human Services announces the inaugural AI360° Ability and Inclusion Summit to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find meaningful employment in competitive roles that are commensurate with their experience. The two-day event on November 1-2 will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and spotlights on successful models of inclusion. The event will culminate with a hot jobs forum featuring dozens of leading companies targeting the neurodiverse community to expand their talent pipeline.

We are thrilled to have Board Members Christine Strehle and Mark Healy as a part of our Marathon team.
Strehle is not only an active Board Member and businesswoman overseeing both Buckley’s and Kennedy’s Restaurants, but also an active community volunteer and mom of 6. “By running the Marathon, I hope to set a good example for my children. It’s about taking a goal that appears unreachable and being determined to achieve it,” Christine said.

So far, Mark has run 5 New York City Marathons, 2 Boston Marathons, and 3 Marathons in Providence, Road Island. Just when he thought the post-9/11 Marathon was the experience of a lifetime, Mark happened to be running in the Boston Marathon in 2013 when a bomb went off. He was about 2 blocks away when the second bomb went off and had no idea what was happening.

Our very own Christina Gilly placed 5th in the Seattle Special Olympics. Meet Christina.
Christina G. placed fifth in the Special Olympics Games in Seattle, Washington this year. Christina, an avid athlete, won her medal as a volleyball player. “I got a lot of good serves in,” said Christina with a smile. In the integrated games, Christina’s team placed second. “We almost made it to Dubai,” she said. Christina said she’ll keep going, so she’s ready for the next competition in two years. “I love sports,” Christina shared. “It helps me forget about the past.” Christina said that when she was in high school, coaches didn’t give her a chance to play. Now, with three award winning ribbons from the 2018 Summer Games under her belt, Christina continues to focus on her future.

We unveiled a rock garden at Cuomo First Step Pre-School in dedication of long-time director Dianne Cattrano, who retired this year.
“I can’t believe how many people were involved in this. It is absolutely beautiful! I am still blown away by this project you all did for me!” said Dianne about the Rock Garden. “We can never thank Dianne enough for the incredible difference she has made in the lives of thousands of children and families over the past 30 years, but we can let her know that her legacy and HeartShare’s gratitude will live on in Dianne Cattrano Rock Garden,” said Linda Tempel, Executive Director of Developmental Disabilities Services at HeartShare.

We released a podcast featuring Cara Ryan, who described how college students on the spectrum can be supported to excel academically and become a part of the community.
Cara Ryan is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology at New York University. At NYU’s Moses Center for students with disabilities, she worked to provide equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Along with her colleagues, she developed the NYU Connections ASD program, an optional year-long program offering one-on-one and group support for NYU students on the autism spectrum.

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We opened our Steps to Home Program, two shelters in the Bronx helping women and their children transition to permanent housing and access the resources they need.
HeartShare Saint Vincent’s Services (HSVS) has developed a new program to support families in New York City. The Steps to Home Program aims to provide families with a safe, therapeutic, and caring place to live while they prepare to successfully transition to permanent housing. The Steps to Home Program is located at two homeless shelters in the Bronx. The shelters were previously operated by a for-profit landlord with oversight from the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The Baychester site can house 35 women who may have one or two children. The Eden site can house 27 women who may have one or two children.

Meet Alicia, one of our “Go Getters,” an internship program offering mentorship, professional trainings and support for personal growth.
Alicia Lewis, college student, camp counselor, and aspiring lawyer, stands on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn. She wants to help kids in foster care like her, and possibly run for elected office one day. “There aren’t many people in office who look like me,” she said. What keeps Alicia going? “My foster mom passed away in 2012 and she was my mom. She believed in me and helped me get on this academic and professional track. I always think of her and hope to make her proud,” Alicia said. “And HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services is run by women leaders — Dawn Saffayeh, Brooke Rosenthal, Lauren Pettiette — and they’re all amazing. If they can do it, I can do it.”

We are proud of our American Dream Scholars MelanieJethro and Alana. We sent off about 50 American Dream Program Scholars to college this year. See Facebook Album.

Melanie Liang is an American Dream Program Scholar headed to complete her senior year at the University of Buffalo. As an International Relations student, Melanie is concerned with the political landscape and how things got to where they are, especially in Asia. Last year, Melanie traveled abroad in South Korea. In China, Melanie met her mother’s extended family for the first time in 10 years. For many of the relatives, it was a new introduction. But for Melanie’s aunt, they knew each other right away. “My aunt is my mom’s twin. When we saw each other at the airport, we knew. We had tears in our eyes,” Melanie recalled. Melanie’s mother passed away from cervical cancer, which is why Melanie entered care around age 12. Thousands of miles away, Melanie found a feeling of home.

Jethro Dede is a senior at St. Lawrence University. “It went by so quickly. Just yesterday I was entering my freshman year,” Jethro said.The American Dream Program Scholar also resides at the HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services Jamaica Hills Group Home in Queens. From the time of entering foster care when his aunt was barred from coming back into the U.S. to starting senior year, Jethro has come a long way. “I hope to land a marketing job related to sports,” shared Jethro who is a Communications major and also, a star soccer player.

Alana Logan is headed off to SUNY Onondaga in Syracuse, NY with the hopes of becoming a surgeon. “My grandmother who raised me passed away and that’s how I came into care. My grandma had early onset dementia towards the end of her life. I want to do brain research for a cure,” she explained. In high school, Alana was active in her school community, founding the school’s Black Student Union. “We met each Tuesday during lunch and so many people joined. It made me so happy,” she shared. “We talked about the issues that black and brown people face around the world.”

Our creative arts therapy program featured the work of youth in care at an exhibition. See Facebook Album.
“Art allows for these young people to express themselves. Many people worked together too, and had the opportunity to connect with other youth in the program,” shared Linda Votruba. HSVS staff, including caseworkers and other therapists, also participated in the art exhibition. “It’s something we’re very proud of,” said Linda. Robin Chambers, a client of HSVS, has long enjoyed her craft for doll-making. She displayed one of her most recent dolls in the exhibition. “It’s very enjoyable. I was inspired to create this one after I found out that I have Native American ancestors. It’s really interesting to think about the meaning behind some of this art,” said Robin.

Employees enjoyed a celebratory gathering at the HSVS Staff Appreciation. See Facebook Album.

SAVE THE DATE

Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Residential Services Dinner Dance
Russo’s on the Bay, 5:30-10 pm

Tues, Oct 2, 2018
Buckley’s Golf Outing
Dyker Heights Golf Course, 7:15 a.m. kickoff

Thurs, Oct 25, 2018
Employee Recognition Dinner
Garguilo’s Restaurant, 6 p.m.

Thurs/Fri, Nov 1-2, 2018
AI360° Ability & Inclusion Summit
32 Old Slip bet. Water St. & FDR

Fri, Nov 1, 2018
THS Open House
1825 Bath Avenue,

Sun, Nov 4, 2018
NYC Marathon

Thurs, Nov 8, 2018
ArtShare for HeartShare Opening Reception
Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, 5-8 p.m.

Thurs, Nov 29, 2018
HSVS Annual Benefit
The Pierre, 6 p.m.

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This is your Agency Update for 8-7-18

 

While most children and families are getting ready for #BacktoSchool, the Surfside Gardens Community Center in Coney Island still hasn’t reopened. Please share this video to help #FixSurfside.

 HeartShare

  • We celebrated our 104 years of serving the New York community on July 12. #TBT
  • We marched proudly in the Disability Pride Parade on Sunday, July 15, 2018. See Facebook Album.
  • Disability Advocate Gilbert Plaza wrote a piece on why the march was important to him. Feat. in New York Nonprofit Media and The Mighty.

 HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services:

  • We are sending off about 50 young people off to college through its American Dream Program. See Facebook Album.
  • We opened its Steps to Home Program, two shelters in the Bronx helping women and their children transition to permanent housing and access the resources they need.
  • Meet Alicia, one of our “Go Getters,” an internship program offering mentorship, professional trainings and support for personal growth.
  • We aired a special radio ad to recruit foster parents. If you missed it, tune in here. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, as well as other ways to help, fill out this form.
  • Our #FixSurfside Campaign was feat. in amNY, Brooklyn Eagle and Brooklyn Reporter, and on NY1.

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  • Our President & CEO Bill Guarinello was featured in an episode of Marsh & McLennan’s podcast, The Roots of Leadership. Listen here.
  • Our Doonan-Drake and Ferraro Residences for adults with I/DD were converted from ICFs to Supervised IRAs. Thank you to the HeartShare team for making this happen!

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  • We unveiled a rock garden at Cuomo First Step Pre-School in dedication of long-time director Dianne Cattrano, who is retiring this year.
  • We released a podcast featuring Cara Ryan, who described how college students on the spectrum can be supported to excel academically and become a part of the community.

 EVENTS:                                                

Mon, Oct 1, 2018                 Residential Services Dinner Dance

Tues, Oct 2, 2018                 Buckley’s Golf Outing

Sun, Nov 4, 2018                 NYC Marathon

Nov 8 –Nov 17, 2018          ArtShare for HeartShare

Thurs, Nov 29, 2018            HSVS Annual Benefit

For those reading a hard copy of this Agency Update, all hyperlinked items may be found on the News & Events page of our websites.

This is your Agency Update for 7-6-18.

Join us for the Disability Pride Parade on Sunday, July 15th.

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  • We enjoyed a beautiful day at the Bill Guarinello Golf Classic. See Facebook Album.
  • We advocated at the #OurKidsAreYourKids Rally, which highlighted the funding disparities between public schools and private non-profit schools like HeartShare’s. See Facebook Album.
  • We released a podcast with Mitch Nagler, who discussed the Bridges to Adelphi Program at Adelphi University supporting students on the spectrum.

EVENTS:                                                

Sunday, July 15, 2018         Disability Pride Parade

Mon, Oct 1, 2018                 Residential Services Dinner Dance

Sun, Nov 4, 2018                 NYC Marathon

Nov 8 –Nov 17, 2018          ArtShare for HeartShare

Thurs, Nov 29, 2018            HSVS Annual Benefit

For those reading a hard copy of this Agency Update, all hyperlinked items may be found on the News & Events page of our websites.

This is your Agency Update for 6-1-18

hhhhhhhhhh.pngHSVS Fashion Show on June 7th. Share this FB event with friends. Buy your tickets today!

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 EVENTS:                                                

Thursday, June 7, 2018       Slay Tre Fashion Show

Sunday, June 10, 2018        Harbor Fitness Race for Autism

Tuesday, June 12, 2018      Bill Guarinello Golf Outing

Sun, Nov 4, 2018                 NYC Marathon

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After nearly 20 years of service to HeartShare ,Greg Arisilde will be leaving HeartShare to work for the PBA. Greg has worked his way from tech to network administrator. Please wish him the best in his new endeavor.

I am happy to report that replacing Greg will be Glorianne Vetrano. Glorianne comes to HeartShare with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Lets wish Greg well and Welcome Glorianne

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HSVS Fashion Show on June 7th. Share this FB event with friends. Buy your tickets today!

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  • Congrats to Board Member Frank Maresca on his new role as Vice President of Mutual Fund & Retirement Solutions Product Management at Broadridge Financial Solutions.
  • We celebrated our frontline staff at Everyday Heroes. What does it mean to be a DSP? (VIDEO).
  • We raced to the finish line at the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Congrats to our team, including our very own Board Member Johnny Johnston and Payroll Director Alex Bethea. Thanks to Danielle Eaton for an awesome Instagram takeover!

 Join the Communications Committee call on Thursday, 5/24 at 3 p.m.

Dial (712) 451-0462 and use access code 504976.

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 EVENTS:                                                

Sunday, May 20, 2018        Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K Run

Thurs, May 31, 2018           Education Services Dinner Dance

Thursday, June 7, 2018       Slay Tre Fashion Show

Tuesday, June 12, 2018      Bill Guarinello Golf Outing

Sun, Nov 4, 2018                 NYC Marathon

For those reading a hard copy of this Agency Update, all hyperlinked items may be found on the News & Events page of our websites.