Celebrating the Holidays at WellLife Network

“I am blessed to be here and on the road to recovery. Occasions like this one make me feel part of life again.” Vera T.- Behavioral Health Resident

As the holidays approach, the excitement that comes from celebrating this season’s “peace on earth and goodwill to all” serves as a guidepost to WellLife Network staff and participants alike. This was evident as some 800 individuals of our residential and day programs for individuals with intellectual, developmental, mental health and other disabilities gathered at Da Mikele Illagio in Queens for two enchanting evenings of dancing, dining and the joy of celebrating the holiday season and their accomplishments for the year.


Residents of one of our Queens homes enjoying a star-filled evening with Ana, their WellLife chaperone.

“I am so grateful to our compassionate and passionate staff. Their values of caring and concern, as evidenced by the outpouring of dedication and love I have witnessed tonight, have a profound impact on our participants’ quality of life and outcomes,” said Ann Marie Barbarotta, Chief Operating Officer, WellLife Network.

The evenings were celebrated with dancing, an array of healthy and beautifully prepared food and non-stop music, expertly DJ’d by our very own “DJ Suave” Glenn Martin (from our Training Department), making these two very memorable nights.


Party guests, decked out in their finest array, wore a big smile as they sang, danced and dined.

“The enthusiasm here captures the spirit of this holiday event,” noted Nadia Hrvatin, Director, Developmental Disabilities Services who helped to organize the event with Anne-Marie Kanable. At the Behavioral Health Celebration, Crystal John, Vice President, Behavioral Health Residential Services remarked, “This is the time of year when people join together to rejoice in their progress, rekindle friendships and look to the New Year for inspiration and hope for a brighter future.”


Reuel Saney, who receives community habilitation services from WellLife specialists at his home, enjoys an evening respite with his mother, Donna, at our holiday party. 

Mike and Errol, Suffolk Apartment Program residents (pictured below), both praised the event, "WellLife Network has given us new opportunities for the New Year,"said Mike. "Awesome gift!”        


Mike and Errol, who live in our Suffolk County residences, are planning new goals for the coming year.

Our Compassionate Value-Based Services Improve Outcomes

WellLife Network is a recognized leader in offering a broad range of personalized behavioral health day, residential and care coordination services to families and individuals coping with the many challenges brought on by emotional problems, substance abuse and mental illness. We also assist individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities achieve greater independence in the community through residential, day habilitation, advocacy, entitlement and family support services.

Some 2,500 individuals and families are assisted, each day, through our person-centered programs, helping them to achieve their fullest potential in an environment that values respect, dignity, caring and integrity.

Please support the people who need our vital services to flourish and thrive. Your special year-end, tax-deductible gift of $25 or $50 – more if you can – does change lives.  You can done online by clicking here

On behalf of all the children, adults and families in our community who supporters like you help each day, thank you and the best of holidays!

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