It’s official, WellLife Network broke ground on its 66 apartment Cypress Avenue mixed-use apartment complex. Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony – (L-R) From L. Riso & Sons, Co. Inc - Craig Elka, Field Superintendent and Manny Papadopoulos, Project Manager; Monica Lopez, Monica Lopez Architect, LLC; James Riso, Vice President, L. Riso & Sons, Co. Inc; representing CSD Housing, LLC – Mike Dehmler, Managing Member, and Michael Newman, Director of Program Development; representing WellLife Network – Sherry Tucker, CEO; Alan M. Weinstock, former CEO; Steve Bernstein, WellLife Network Board Member; Dianne Camelo, Esq., Partner, Levy, Stopol & Camelo, LLC; from WellLife Network – Andrew Carbonara, VP, General Services; Ray Morell, Director, Facilities Mgmt.; Ken Cummings, Facilities Manager; Karen Gorman, VP, Property Mgmt. and New Program Development; Crystal John, VP, Behavioral Health Residential Services; Lori Alameda, CFO; Willie Scott, VP, Public Affairs, and Jianwei Chen, Sr. Controller.  

WellLife Network Breaks Ground on 66 Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Complex in Queens

On September 15, 2020, WellLife Network broke ground on its Cypress Avenue mixed-use housing apartment complex. This complex features 66 apartments, 40 of which will be used to offer safe and secure housing for members of the community with special needs. Twenty-six apartments will provide housing for low-income individuals or families. This life-changing initiative will target New York’s most vulnerable citizens in need of supportive housing. The complex will feature a rooftop garden, forest-like landscaping, a communal event room, an exercise facility, and a high-tech laundromat.

WellLife Network Awarded 15/15 Rental and Tax Credit Assistance

WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue Supportive Housing Project has been awarded more than $754,000 from the NYC Human Resources Administration through its 15/15 Rental Assistance program. This project offers a rental subsidy to provide rental assistance to eligible households living in units awarded social service funding through HRA. WellLife Network was also awarded a 9% tax credit reservation agreement from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction in federal income tax liability for investors in rental housing that serves very low-income and low-income households.

Sherry Tucker, CEO WellLife Network stated, “The Cypress mixed-use housing complex will add value to this neighborhood while providing residents with beautiful apartments for themselves and their families. The timeless design of the structure will fit seamlessly into the site and become an integral part of the fabric of the neighborhood.

WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue housing complex offers 66 mixed-use residences that provides affordable housing, in a park-like setting, for individuals with low income and special needs. Architectural rendering courtesy - Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC

Partnerships Make It Happen

This building will become a reality through a joint partnership among state and city supporters. Funding for this project was made possible through New York City and The Richman Group. WellLife Network is proud to partner with CSD Housing, LLC, a leader in building affordable housing communities. The design of this very contemporary structure was created by Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC (UAI), in conjunction with Monica Lopez Architect, LLC and contracted by L. Riso & Sons Co., Inc.

For More Information

Visit us: www.WellLifeNetwork.org or call our Resource and Referral line: 866.727.WELL or 866.727.9355

WellLife Network programs are licensed and approved for service by numerous governmental organizations, including the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). On Long Island, we work in partnership with United Way.

 

Champawattie Dhanasar works at Grand Central IRA residence giving her all to the nine people who live there.

WellLife Network Recognizes and Thanks

its Amazing Direct Support Professionals

 

This year Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is celebrated September 13-19th. WellLife Network believes it is a great opportunity to highlight the dedicated, innovative direct support workforce that is the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. This year brought new challenges because of COVID-19. Our direct support professionals displayed their commitment to the people they serve and became our Superheroes in keeping all safe and healthy.  

 

WellLife Network thanks its Direct Support Professionals (DSP) for their expertise and dedication. Our more than 600 DSP staff offer a wide range of quality and compassionate services each and every day to support individuals with special needs, so that they may enjoy a more independent and enriched life.

To the individuals under our care, you are a friend, caregiver, life coach and teacher – someone who is always there to be compassionate, responsible and a lifelong advocate. We respect your work and profession and take this opportunity to recognize you for the immeasurable difference you make each and every day in the lives of people in your care.

 

On behalf of our Board of Directors, and all of us at WellLife Network, thank you for your commitment to the vital work you perform each day. 

 

Sherry Tucker

CEO

 

Nadia Hrvatin

VP I/DD Svcs.

 

Crystal John

VP BH Residential Svcs.

WellLife Network Recognizes
National Suicide Prevention Week
September 6-12, 2020

 

Suicide Prevention is everyone’s business and the designated week this month is a unique opportunity for every individual and organization to bring awareness to this life-saving mission. Nationally as well as the local level we are asked to consider the MESSAGE that we are all in it together and are partners in preventing the TRAGIC LOSS of LIVES which also affects as survivors so many in our communities.

 

Many resources are available to you and your organization in the form of public information and education material that can be publicized on your websites, at your physical locations, and otherwise electronically. The wealth of information awaits your interest for distribution. Trainings are also available to be scheduled. Become part of the WellLife Network Team in this mission. We invite your input and participation by contacting us for the many ways that you and your organization can make a difference in PREVENTING SUICIDES.

 

For further information and discussion regarding how you can make a difference please contact:

max.banilivy@welllifenetwork.org

 

 

WellLife Network's "Drive-Up" Food Giveaway
August 21 - 10 am - 2 pm, Huntington, Long Island

Everyone experiencing an emergency food need is welcome to WellLife Network's Drive Up Food Giveaways. Our next Food Giveaway is scheduled to take place outdoors at our Huntington Pantry:

DATE:  Friday, August 21, 2020
LOCATION:  55 Horizon Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
TIME: 10:00 AM - 2 pm or until supplies run out

WellLife is committed to providing nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic to our friends and neighbors in need.

If you do not have the dollars to purchase food for yourself or your family and are experiencing an emergency food need, we can help. WellLife operates four pantries throughout Suffolk County. We offer nutritious food from frozen entreés to cereal, milk, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, condiments, rice, pasta, snacks for school lunches, baby items, personal items, and even pet food. 

Enriching Lives with Wholesome Foods

Providing a food pantry to you our neighbors in Smithtown, Coram, Huntington, and Wyandanch reinforces the WellLife Network’s mission of empowering individuals and families to realize their full potential by helping them to maintain their good health. 

A Special Thank You to Our Generous Partners

WellLife wishes to thank the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for a generous grant to fund this special COVID-19 food relief program, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest Food.

If you have any questions about this Giveaway, please call our Huntington Food Pantry at Tel: 631-920-8000.

 

WellLife Network's "Drive-Up" Food Giveaway
August 7th - 10 am - Noon

Smithtown, Long Island

Everyone experiencing an emergency food need is welcome to WellLife Network's Drive Up Food Giveaways. Our first Giveaway is scheduled to take place outdoors at our Smithtown Pantry:

DATE: Friday, August 7, 2020
LOCATION: 11 Rte 111, Smithtown, NY 11787
TIME: 10:00 AM - NOON or until supplies run out

WellLife is committed to providing nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic to our friends and neighbors in need. If you do not have the dollars to purchase food for yourself or your family and are experiencing an emergency food need, we can help. WellLife operates four pantries throughout Suffolk County. We offer nutritious food from frozen entreés to cereal, milk, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, condiments, rice, pasta, snacks for school lunches, baby items, personal items, and even pet food.

Enriching Lives with Wholesome Foods

Providing a food pantry to you our neighbors in Smithtown, Coram, Huntington, and Wyandanch reinforces the WellLife Network’s mission of empowering individuals and families to realize their full potential by helping them to maintain their good health. 

A Special Thank You to Our Generous Partners

WellLife wishes to thank the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for a generous grant to fund this special COVID-19 food relief program, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest Food.

If you have any questions about this Giveaway, please call our Smithtown Pantry at Tel: 631-920-8300.

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The grant will help support our four Long Island food pantries located in Huntington, Smithtown, Coram, and Wyandanch. WellLife will be assisting thousands of individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 by expanding our capability to offer emergency food packages and household supplies.

 

In partnership with the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, and many other organizations throughout New York, we are working to support the most vulnerable among us. 

 

If you are in need or know someone who can benefit from our food pantry services, call one of these numbers for more information: Huntington – Tel. 631-920-8000; Smithtown – Tel. 631-920-8300; Wyandanch – Tel. 631-920-8250 and Coram – Tel. 631-920-8302.

 

Champawattie Dhanasar - Direct Service Professional Staff Member Shows Concern and Passion for Staff

Champawattie Dhanasar also known as “Debbie” has worked at Grand Central IRA residence since 2017. For three years she has been giving her all to the nine people who call the Grand Central Residence their home. Debbie is a hardworking, dependable, and reliable worker. 

 

During this pandemic, Debbie places the people we serve first. No matter what the task, she is always willing and able to provide the services needed to keep her residents safe, well cared for, and content. As a Direct Service Professional staff member, Debbie is always willing to stay an extra shift to make sure that the individuals receive their needed medications.

 

A Gentle and Motivated Direct Service Professional

Debbie is a very gentle and self-motivated person. She never complains and always goes the extra mile to ensure that the people she cares for receive personalized and compassionate care. 

Champawattie Dhanasar completes the chart on the services she provides to the residents.

 

The residents, staff, and management appreciate everything that Debbie has accomplished to make Grand Central IRA a better work environment. During Covid-19, Debbie always responds positively to be called upon at the last minute to cover shifts. She is genuinely concerned about all of the residents’ wellbeing.  “I wanted to be here for them," said Debbie. She is driven by the compassion she has for the residents and “seeing their faces light up” when she cares for them. Debbie is a model employee and role model for other staff members at WellLife Network.

Natalie Wood Creates Gives Motherly Love to All who Live at the Butler ICF Residence

Natalie Wood, Assistant Manager at WellLife Network's Butler Intensive Care Facility (ICF) ensures everyone who comes to Butler feels welcomed. New staff and visitors always get a grand tour. From the tour of the residence alone, her love for the house can be felt. She enthusiastically gives a guided tour of each room and explains in detail how the accouterments and decor meet the interests and needs of each resident in her charge.

Natalie offers comfort, support, and is always a listening ear or shoulder to lean on. She is flexible and accommodating to her staff and residents alike. Her house team is very loyal and motivated because she always does the same for them. Every month she celebrates birthdays for residents and staff, complete with cake and a song. She always shows her appreciation and gratitude to her staff, which fosters a nurturing family environment.
 

Natalie Wood, Assistant Manager, prepares packages for residents of Butler ICF.
 

A Proactive and Supportive Assistant Manager

Natalie is also very good at identifying the strengths of her staff and the residents, to ensure that the day-to-day operations at Butler are seamless.
 

On many occasions, Natalie never hesitates to put aside holidays with her family to spend time with her Butler family. The residents love spending time with her. They can often be seen following her around Butler, sitting with her in her office while she plays their favorite music with aromatherapy, accompanying her to the grocery store, or helping her in the kitchen.
 

During the COVID-19, Natalie is a staunch supporter of her staff and residence. She is attentive to their needs and offers comfort. Natalie makes sure everyone in the residence is safe and maintains a sense of normalcy for the residents.
 

Her person-centered, family-oriented approach creates a world of difference in the environment and culture at Butler ICF. Natalie Wood is truly is a Superhero!

 

Far Rockaway HCBS Bed & Respite Program Assists People in Crisis 

During times of crisis, many people are in need of additional support services but oftentimes are at a loss as to where to turn. HCBS Bed & Respite has proven to be a much-needed resource that many in the community are grateful to have. Like many programs, the Bed & Respite has experienced staff shortages during this crisis. However, there are three WellLife staff members who epitomize and fulfill our mission, promote a spirit of teamwork, and provide exemplary support to everyone that comes through our doors.

Our Superheroes Create a Super Residence

Tiani Jay, Bed & Respite Program Coordinator was recently promoted and has shown exceptional leadership skills in this ever-changing landscape. She is looked upon as a leader and friend to all who live at the residence.

 

Tiani Jay, Bed & Respite Program Coordinator
 

When many staff vacancies appeared in the schedule, Sylvia Gonzalez, Bridger Program Coordinator didn't hesitate to lend a helping hand at the Bed & Respite. She provided welcomed additional support to her colleagues and always said "yes" to "I can help out".
 

Sylvia Gonzalez, Bridger Program Coordinator
 

Fausat Sanni, Bed & Respite Direct Support professional is an essential and key staff member at the residence. She ensures that all of the day-to-day needs of the guests at the program are maintained, including her daily ritual of wiping down and disinfecting all surfaces that are touched by staff and guests.
 

Fausat Sanni, Bed & Respite Direct Support Professional begins her day by wiping down surfaces with antiseptic wipes.
 

These WellLifers, through their daily assignments, both big and small, are exemplary and dedicated staff members, making them excellent candidates as WellLife Superheroes! 

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