Agency Update 7/29/16

NEWS

HeartShare said farewell to Eulogio (Chico) Rodriguez, who sadly passed away last week. He lived at HeartShare’s Buckley Residence for over 20 years and will be missed.

HeartShare’s Brooklyn Day Hab created some extraordinary art with MoMA educator Rachel Lindsay, who visited on July 20th.

HeartShare is launching a Core Competencies campaign to raise awareness and to reinforce the seven value-based goals required of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). All Developmental Disabilities Services program sites will receive an 11 x 17 poster. We ask that all managers display the hard copy poster on a bulletin board or other highly visible area at the program. Starting in September, we will highlight one core competency each month, starting with PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST. If you are a DSP or know of a DSP who has helped an individual with I/DD in the core competency of PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST, please share your story with the Communications Department no later than Monday, August 15th. Your submission could be selected as our story in September, which will be sent to ALL HEARTSHARE and posted on our website.

 

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Executive Director Dawn Saffayeh was profiled following her New York Nonprofit Media “40 Under 40” nomination. Saffayeh said she “couldn’t really imagine having a career that didn’t focus on helping people who were struggling.” http://goo.gl/BlJSjT

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Junior Board launched a school supply drive. We will be accepting donated school supplies and the opportunity to sponsor an American Dream Program Scholar until Monday, August 15th. Over $2,580 has already been raised. Join the cause: https://goo.gl/oqnEEY

Did you know? HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services Youth Residential Services include group homes for young men and women in foster care. HSVS Children’s Community Residences (CCR) are for children who need additional support overcoming emotional and behavioral challenges. Administrative offices for those programs are on the 5th and 6th floors of 66 Boerum Place in downtown Brooklyn.

Check out new videos on our YouTube channel. Go to youtube.com and search for HeartShare Human Services of New York to find our channel. Our latest videos feature our rigorous accreditation titled “The HeartShare Way.” Other videos feature our Employment Programs titled “When I Grow Up” and “HeartShare Connects Donald to His Dream Job.”

EVENTS

Cyclones Game Join us on Thursday, August 11th for a Cyclones game at MCU Park. Proceeds benefit HeartShare programs. Visit www.heartshare.org/cyclones.

HSVS Annual Benefit Save the date for our Annual Benefit on October 17, 2016. We are thrilled to be hosting our event at Tribeca 360 with live music, outstanding honorees and views of New York City’s skyline. Stay tuned for more information.

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Fragile X Awareness Day and News

NEWS

Bill Guarinello, our President and CEO, received a public service award on Thursday, July 21 from Colonel Joseph Davidson at Fort Hamilton Army Base, who will now serve at West Point. Bill is an active Brooklyn civic leader, including President of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee (FHCAC), which forges good relations between military service members and the community.

HeartShare participated in the 2nd Annual Disability Pride Parade on July 10. Our team of nearly 200 people chanted “Our Voices! Our Choices! Our Independence!” penned by Michelle Borden of Giannattasio Residence.

HeartShare rallied at City Hall on Friday, July 15 to ask legislators for a budget increase, which impacts the salaries of Direct Support Professionals, who care for our individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dawn Saffayeh, our Executive Director of HSVS, was recognized as a New York Nonprofit Media ‪Rising Star at a celebratory breakfast on Thursday, July 21. The annual “40 Under 40” celebration honors 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who work in New York City ‪government, ‪politics and ‪‎advocacy.

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services raised $5,000 at its “Slay the Runway” Fashion Show event, which will fund a trip to the Poconos, a master cooking class and a basketball court at one of our group homes for our youth in care. Sponsors and supporters included Foster Care Unplugged, Senator Kevin Parker , Councilman Stephen Levin, the HSVS Board and Junior Board, as well as volunteers.

July 22nd is Fragile X Awareness Day. If you know someone who might have FXS, please contact Laurie Yankowitz at 718 422-3271 for arrange a consult or in-service.

Fragile X Syndrome is the most commonly known inherited cause of mental impairment.  It is caused by a genetic mutation on the X chromosome.  A full mutation results in a learning and behavioral profile, that includes some or all of the following traits – some quite positive, others quite problematic.  Positive characteristics include a great sense of humor, desire to be helpful, good visual memory and empathic nature.  People with FXS can be known for contagious smiles and friendliness.  They are very prone to anxiety and hyperarousal, which interferes with their ability to perform and be at ease.  They are very sensitive to sensory stimuli, can be hyperactive and impulsive, have low muscle tone and poor motor planning skills, which causes poor coordination and as you can imagine, frustration. Most people affected by FXS have mild or moderate cognitive deficits.  75% of individuals have distinguishing (though not always obvious) physical traits such as large, protruding ears and a long narrow face. Making adaptions to the environment to address sensory issues (sitting up front, decreasing distracting visual clutter, lowering shades) can greatly improve learning and behavior.  Interacting with people affected in a low key, indirect manner – without giving direct eye contact, asking open-ended questions or being very stern – is key to bringing out their best. Diagnosis is especially important as this mutation is passed along within families AND early intervention can mean far better outcomes for school and beyond. There are also other FXS related issues that affect relatives who do not have the full mutation (POI and FXTAS).  Learn more at www.fragilex.org.

Check out new videos on our YouTube channel. Go to youtube.com and search for HeartShare Human Services of New York to find our channel. Our latest videos feature our rigorous accreditation titled “The HeartShare Way.” Other videos feature our Employment Programs titled “When I Grow Up” and “HeartShare Connects Donald to His Dream Job.”

EVENTS                                                                                                                                               

Cyclones Game Join us on Thursday, August 11th for a Cyclones game at MCU Park. Proceeds benefit HeartShare programs. Visit www.heartshare.org/cyclones.

InSights Spring 2016

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We’re proud to share the latest edition of InSights, our agency magazine. Every year, we continue to impact the lives of nearly 35,000 New Yorkers, like Stephanie, Donald & Malik.

Stephanie, an ArtShare artist, explores the New York arts community through partners like the Museum of Modern Art. Donald now has the job that he’s always wanted at Modell’s. Malik, age 19, finally has a forever home and an even brighter future.

We are an outstanding agency because of our employees. For this, we thank you!