Living Resources’ CareerNext program is expanding its services to a third college campus! Set to begin at Hudson Valley Community College in the Fall of 2022, CareerNext provides support to students with autism and learning differences, helping them to succeed in college, earn an accredited degree, and live independently. Living Resources launched their CareerNext program in 2019 at SUNY Schenectady and expanded to SUNY Cobleskill soon after. This year, the program expects to support up to 40 new incoming students at Hudson Valley Community College. “For decades, Hudson Valley’s faculty and staff have supported thousands of students with disabilities and helped [...]
A bend in the road isn’t the end of the road … unless you fail to make the turn. – Helen Keller The road to independence is sometimes bumpy, but traveling it is always worth it- just ask College Experience graduate Danielle Passariello. After many years of bumps, bends, and yield signs in the road of life, she has achieved a milestone in her quest for independence - she earned her driver’s license. Learning to drive has been one of a variety of goals Danielle was determined to achieve. Along the way, she attended and graduated from Living Resources’ College Experience [...]
Reed Grontas, a graduate of our College Experience Program knows the sweet satisfaction of a job well done. After he was furloughed from his previous position due to COVID, Reed, like so many others had to re-think his job goals. With the support of his Living Resources job coach Lori, Reed was able to successfully pivot and find a home at Bountiful Bread in Stuyvesant Plaza, where he now works 3-4 days a week. Reed loves working in food preparation and has shown immense improvement in his knife skills, perfecting each task he is asked to complete. It certainly helps that [...]
Joshua Miller has nothing but praise for his job coach, Brian, who has been Joshua’s job coach, ally, facilitator, and friend for the past six and a half years. Brian’s knowledge, experience, and compassionate commitment to assisting Josh has been especially evident since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Josh has worked at the same elementary school in Albany for almost 15 years. He began as a Lunchroom Attendant and his responsibilities grew to training new hires, helping operate the school store, and giving out prizes to students who have excelled academically. The kids at the school quickly grew to love [...]
The wonderful folks of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church – HUPC have been sponsoring one of our residences for Christmas gifts for many years. They have a special bond with the residents of this house because one of our individuals, Brian, and his family are beloved members of their congregation. Brian grew up in the church and was part of the church's “Special Friends” class from a young age. Carmen, the medical assistant at the house, gets ideas for gifts from her individuals, who typically request things like pajamas and socks. Carmen gives the information to Brian’s father who relays the suggestions [...]
Our Saratoga County Day Community Opportunities Program had a rocking good time at their “Ugly Sweater” holiday party! They enjoyed lunch of pizza and desserts together and then celebrated the season together by dancing to festive music. They even tried a popular TikTok dance. As you can see, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!
Like many families across the state, our residence in Mahopac had a positive COVID case for Christmas. But nothing stops our superheroes, not even COVID. Our Super Hero staff made sure that Christmas arrived on cue with joy and fanfare as always. To Quote “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!” We thank our Direct Support Professionals for making sure that our individuals experience the warmth of the holidays!
Living Resources has been awarded a three-year Quality Assurances Accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL.) This international accreditation is difficult to achieve and highly coveted among human-service organizations. It involves a months-long self-assessment process followed by a week-long agency review with the officials from CQL. All of our agency systems and practices were reviewed, including finance, maintenance, vehicles, and direct care. In addition, Direct Support Professionals, families, and supported individuals participated in focus groups to share their experiences. We thank all those who collaborated with the Quality Assurance department for this achievement. We wish to extend a special [...]
Our Day Community Opportunities Program invited all Living Resources staff to send each other tokens of comfort and joy this season in the form of Candy grams. Staff from all departments were invited to send hand-written greetings to their co-workers. Then, our ever-innovative DCOP Super Heroes guided their participants in the process of creating cheerful holiday crafts with candy attached. These gifts were cheerfully delivered by eager elves in the week leading up to Christmas. Once such elf, Maria (pictured) was thrilled to be able to make the rounds and looks forward to the next opportunity to spread a little happiness. [...]
Some of Santa’s elves visited our residences recently bringing gifts of wreaths and goodies. We visited with the individuals and shared our gratitude to the house staff for all the hard work and loving care they give to our individuals every day of the year.