Agency Update 12/15/17


HeartShare and its Family of Services released its 2017 Annual Report. We are so proud of:

  • Justin, who has started his road to competitive employment
  • Heather, who pursues her athletic passions, including the Special Olympics
  • Luis, who received help coordinating his care and is feeling better
  • Camille, who learned new skills to strengthen her family relationships


HeartShare and its Family of Services want you to fundraise this holiday season. Here’s language you can use. Here’s how someone’s donation helps change lives today (VIDEO). Thank you for all you do (VIDEO).


HeartShare’s Meredith Beck lists ways to help our agency this holiday season. Share with family & friends!


HeartShare and its Family of Services are fortunate to have community support this holiday season from:

  • NYPD Community Affairs 66th Precinct donating turkeys to our Torre Residence
  • Danny Maniscalco and The Heartfelt Foundation donating a truckload of toys (VIDEO)
  • Home Abstract, Assemblyman Weprin, and 3rd Avenue Merchants in Bay Ridge raising awareness of and contributing to our Toy and Gift Drive. Feat in Eagle & Reporter.
  • The Knights of Columbus hosting holiday parties for our children at The HeartShare School and our Children’s Residences, as well as at our Giannattasio Residence
  • Buckley’s Restaurant hosting a holiday celebration with Santa for our pre-school students, and
  • The Catholic Cemeteries Guild inviting Queens Day Hab Players to perform at its fundraiser this week.

Who else reached out to us this holiday season? Send suggestions for shout outs.


HeartShare has kicked off the heating season & launched a new oil to gas conversion program. Feat. Hamodia.


HeartShare’s Tanya Jones shares how our agency is tackling the heat-or-eat dilemma nationally.


HeartShare ArtShare artists had common themes—portraits, planets and politics. Feat in Brooklyn Daily.


HeartShare participated in a rally to fight for a living wage for DSPs. See Facebook album.


The HeartShare School students gave back to community this Thanksgiving. Feat. in Brooklyn Reporter.


HeartShare St. Vincent’s honored the formidable Samira Todd. Watch her speech. Feat. in Brooklyn Eagle.


HeartShare St. Vincent’s Wyckoff Gardens received makeover. See Facebook album. Feat. in Daily Telescope.


HeartShare St. Vincent’s celebrated National Adoption Month highlighting adoptive mom, Safiya. (VIDEO)


HeartShare St. Vincent’s Norma Forde asks why we cast older youth aside. Feat. in Chronicle for Social Change.


HeartShare St. Vincent’s celebrated its 2nd Annual Toy Drive and Ugly Sweater Party. See Facebook Album.


HeartShare St. Vincent’s P.S. 102 COMPASS Program kicked off the holidays at the U.S.S. Intrepid.


EVENTS: December 21, 2017                                                            May 6, 2018

Gift Giveaway at McKinley Beacon                                   TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour


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


Stan Capela’s Q-Tips

The High Price of Not Engaging Millennial Employees

“Too many leaders believe that engaging millennial employees is not worth the time – but this belief might cost you talented employees.

Too many leaders believe that millennial employees are lazy and entitled – but this belief might be blinding you from several important realities:

  • Millennials have already passed GenXers and Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the US workforce.
  • According to Gallup, 71% of millennial employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work.
  • The same study shows that 60% of millennial employees are actively considering new employment opportunities right now.”

Joshua Skolnick

December 15th will be Joshua Skolnick’s last day here at HeartShare. Josh has been offered a position of Director of Employment Services for an agency in Cape Cod Massachusetts and will be relocating with his family there. Josh has been instrumental in moving our individual’s to employment services and it has been my great privilege to work with him. Our employment program has expanded tremendously making the wish for employment a reality for many of our individuals.We have worked together on many projects including presentations in Texas, and I will miss working with him. We are all very sad to see him leave but we know that the “Cape” is a place that is near and dear to him and his family. So we are offering our best wishes for him and his family as he enters the next chapter of his career and life. Josh’s last day at MetroTech will be on the 13th for all who want to give their best wishes.

The following is a message from Josh…


To My Colleagues at HeartShare:

As most of you know by now, Friday 12/15 is my last day here at HeartShare as we are moving to Massachusetts. Cape Cod, MA is singularly our favorite place in the universe, and when the opportunity came to be able to live there, and to have the same job, well, I could not say no. I can not adequately express in words how much it has meant to me, and to my family to have spent these past several years here. It truly has been one of the highlights of my career. I have been blessed to have worked with some amazing people, and feel fortunate that I get to call so many of you my friend. Thank you for the years of friendship and support. We have accomplished a great deal since I came here, but I could not have done it alone. It has been a team effort in the truest sense of the word.

To the incredible staff in Employment Services, I can not thank you enough for your hours of hard work and support, your willingness to consistently go above and beyond the call, and for never saying no when asked to do something outside your job. YOU are the reason we are so successful. You are the reason that HeartShare is known around the state as a place of innovation. You really do make dreams come true. Never forget that.

As I say goodbye, I ask that you please do not hesitate, even a little, to reach out if I can be of assistance in some way or just to say hi.

I will miss you all very much.