Agency Update December 2015

Our Culture of Storytelling


In 2016, HeartShare Communications hopes to continue building our organizational culture of storytelling.


In the challenging work that we do, our big and small victories not only recharge us, but inspire us to keep achieving the seemingly impossible.


Our stories are a living, breathing and colorful mosaic of who we are.


It’s what inspires people to enroll in our program, work for us, donate or volunteer.


Do you have a child, adult or family who has made a major breakthrough?


Do you want to share your substantial experiences working here?


Have we featured your program and you still have more to share?


Go ahead—e-mail and call us!


In the News


Independence Through Inclusive Employment

People First: News and Information for the OPWDD Community, Fall/Winter 2015

“HeartShare Human Services of New York values skills attainment and empowerment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. HeartShare’s transformative approach has changed Darron’s life.”


HeartShare Offering Heat Aid

Queens Tribune, 12/10/15

“HeartShare Human Services, in partnership with National Grid, will open its Neighborhood Heating Fund for the season on Wednesday, December 9…The Neighborhood Heating Fund was founded by National Grid in 1983 to help low-income families and individuals with elevated bills meet their monthly payments.”


Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklynites to Apply for Heating Fund

JPUpdates, 12/5/15

“On Wednesday, Brooklyn Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D) urged borough residents to apply for the NHF (Heartshare New Heating Fund), which would aid low-income families and senior citizens with heating costs for winter.”


Sending out bouquets of flowers to HeartShare

Brooklyn Daily, 12/3/15

“This year’s honorees were the Serenbetz Family Foundation and Andrea (Dea) S. The Serenbetz Family Foundation has championed children’s education and advancement through its endowment grants and legacy scholarships, benefitting young women like Andrea to reach their full potential despite their hardships.”


HeartShare starts toy drive for kids in its care

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12/1/15

“Donated gifts should be shipped no later than Tuesday, Dec. 15, to: HeartShare Human Services of New York, Attention Danielle Maurice, 12 MetroTech Center, 29th Floor, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11201…‘Just one gift is a compassionate gesture that truly will make a difference, especially for those with developmental disabilities and children who are experiencing foster care,’ said HeartShare Director of Special Events Danielle Maurice, who organizes the annual collection in partnership with community donors, small businesses and religious organizations.”

A Family Grows in Brooklyn, through Adoption

NET TV—Currents, 11/12/15

“Currents correspondent Katie Breidenbach visits with the Colons, who have added to their family by adopting two year old David.”


Guarinello marks 45 years at HeartShare

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 10/28/15

“‘While 45 years is a long time, I was just doing my job,’ Guarinello said. ‘I feel blessed because the pace and complexity of improving people’s lives in partnership with government, corporate sponsors and community organizations has kept my work incredibly engaging and interesting. I also have the privilege of working alongside people who are developmental disability and child welfare experts. I’m humbled to work alongside such extraordinary people.’”


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