Still Connected: An Eden II Programs Update
A Letter From the Executive Director
Dear Eden II Friends & Families,

I've always known Eden II has the best staff and is surrounded by the best community, and the past few weeks have shown me just how true that is. Our staff, families, and community members have all come together to help support our participants and our agency. From delivering meals to our residences, monetary donations towards our front line campaign, even phone calls to "just check in"-I have an overwhelming amount of gratitude to everyone who has reached out and supported us.

Below are just a few highlights of people going above and beyond for us during these hard times. You'll also find a video from our Little Miracles crew that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

There are a lot of unknowns right now, but I do know one thing for sure: we'll get through all of this together.


Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
"Fare It Forward" to Benefit Eden II's Front Line Workers
With many making the switch to working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the creators behind #FareItForward came up with the idea of "donating your fare" to those in need. To date, they've raised over $13,000 to help families and individuals living in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
We are pleased to announce that donations raised from Fare It Forward from Wednesday, April 22-Friday, April, April 24 th , will benefit our front line campaign. For more info (including an interview with Dr. Joanne Gerenser!) visit Fare It Forward's Facebook page here .
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our front line campaign!
If you do not see your name listed please contact We apologize in advance for any missing names.
We miss the smiles, laughter, high-fives, and the hugs & kisses from our friends each day…Our staff have come together, with hearts full of love, to share some hope and bring smiles to our students and their families. This was made with so much love… after all, we are all in this together!

Thanks to Lauren Grimaldi and her Early Childhood & Little Miracles team for making this video!
Belinda Curtis, our cook at the Grayson residence, donated a generous amount of food to our residences. We are so thankful for her kind gesture and hard work!
Hearing about the hard work being exemplified by our front line staff, Lauren Grimaldi and her coordinator team at Little Miracles purchased a gift card to Bario's towards meals for our residential workers. 

Lauren, Director of Little Miracles Preschool and SEIT-SETSS, shared, "We wanted to give back to our own, and share a little token of appreciation and thanks for the continued dedication of Eden II's essential staff members. It just goes to show what amazing staff we have working at Eden II, and the lengths we all travel to ensure that our participants are always cared for."

Thank you Lauren, Laurie Nuzzi, Toni Rae Gnall, Danielle Ennis, Sue Elwood, Danielle Kotowicz, Lexi Guarnieri and Marie Perani for your generous gift for our residential workers! 
Thank you to our volunteers that have been hard at work making masks
for our front line workers!
Donate Supplies or Funds Today!
Our residential staff are working around the clock to take care of our participants, and are doing an amazing job! We currently have supplies for all of our locations that need them, but with a surge in demand, we are being proactive and looking to increase our current supply. If you or someone you know have any of the following items available to donate, please contact to arrange a dropoff.

N95 face masks
Loop masks
Powder free exam gloves
Medical isolation gowns
Chemical splash goggles
Hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer wipes
Surface sanitizer wipes
Clorox bleach
Disinfectant spray

Thank you to those who have generously donated PPE for our staff:

Anthony Castiglione
Amy Bellisano
Denise Bianchi
Brooklyn Home Foundation
Joe Caldarera
Stephanie Cassas
Dr. Ryan Galligan
Dr. Jane Howard
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
Randy McArthur
Joe  McCormack
Medtrak Rx
Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America
Sue Reek
Rescuing Families, Inc.
Sulma Rivera
Staten Island Elected Officials
Staten Island Glove & Safety
Westpoint Home
Woodbridge Center
Oscar Valera
Amazon Smile is a free and easy way to help support Eden II. Simply select Eden II as the charity of your choice, and Amazon will donate a percentage of every purchase made back to Eden II when you shop through Amazon Smile. Click here to select Eden II.