Eden II  received a $25,000 grant from The Brooklyn Home for the Aged Men to help provide improved services to adults with autism. This award will allow a companion to stay with our participants during hospital-based care to ensure that they are well attended to, and serve as advocates when hospitalization is necessary. Also under this grant, Eden II will provide specialized fitness instruction for the adults served, enabling them to maintaining the best possible health.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the Brooklyn Home in taking these important steps toward improving our capacity to support our adults with autism as they get older,” shares Dr. Joanne Gerenser, Executive Director at Eden II. This marks the second year of support. Last year, the organization provided funding that allowed Eden II to provide specialized instruction and fitness equipment for the people served over 40, to help prevent age-related decline and maintain the best possible health. Specifically, Eden II provided yoga and fitness instruction and purchased two heavy duty treadmills, exercise mats, and safe free weights. “The fitness project has been a wonderful addition for our adults, and we have seen a positive change, especially with the physical and mental benefits of yoga,” adds Dr. Gerenser.

Brooklyn Home board member and treasurer, George Schaefer presented the check. “The Brooklyn Home board is pleased to support the aging population of people with autism through Eden II Programs. We know their commitment to providing the best quality of life throughout an entire lifespan and commend them for their efforts,” Mr. Schaefer shared.

Eden II Programs has provided services to children and adults with autism since 1976.  Serving over 500 participants yearly in ages ranging from 3 to 60, Eden II offers a wide range of specialized, community-based programs and other opportunities, with the goal of enabling them to achieve the highest possible quality of living across their life spans.  Eden II strives to provide the maximum help possible to the autism community through education, adult day programs, residential care, family support, respite and many other services.

For more information or to make a donation to the companion care fund, click on the ‘Donate Now’ button at the top of this screen or call 718-816-1422 x104.