As we go into the summer months, we are still unsure of a lot of things, but the one thing we are sure of is the unwavering dedication of our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and the supportive Eden II management teams, not to mention the school and preschool staff who have brought new meaning to the words "creative" and "innovative". We still have so many questions about what the future looks like. When will "on-site" programs be able to open up again? What will programs look like in the future, and when will we be able to find that "new normal" that everyone keeps talking about? These are just some of the unknowns we grapple with as we watch the numbers begin to stabilize and our state work towards normalization. We still find ourselves in uncharted territory striving to make the best decisions with the information we have to help us walk safely into the future.
Our Residential staff have been working tirelessly and have done an incredible job during very trying times that have gone on longer than anyone could have imagined. They are warriors and we are lucky to work with them. These men and women leave their families and report to work to support our residents without hesitation and we greatly appreciate their dedication to the residents who live in our homes, and the families who have entrusted their loved ones to our care, and our agency as a whole. These are hard times; hard for staff, hard for families, hard for our students, our residents and our participants in our programs. Day Hab and Family Support Services staff have stepped up and taken on shifts to fill in gaps in our group homes and make us whole. We are truly grateful for all of those brave, dedicated staff who "stepped up to the plate".
If you would like to support our frontline staff, visit our donation page here. To date, we have raised over $20,000. We thank everyone who has helped support these heroes.
The participants in our programs have shown their resiliency to a degree that we could not have anticipated and that makes us proud. Thankfully, our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach has proven to be a most useful asset in handling the challenges of this time. Consistency and determination have proven to make our programs stable and strong. As we transition back to our "new normal", whatever that might look like, we reflect our state's approach and are moving cautiously with thoughtfulness, and with data based decision making as our guide. Our focus remains the safety and welfare of our nuclear, as well as our extended, Eden II family. We wish everyone good health and happier days ahead.
Irene Cavanagh, Ed.D.
Associate Executive Director OPWDD Services
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We are thankful to everyone who has purchased items from our residential wishlist to help keep the participants in our group homes engaged and entertained while they practice social distancing.
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From Eden II parent and board member, David Glick:
Once a week we make sure we go somewhere fairly deserted where we can walk around freely with our children - and where just about no one else is around since Levi will still not wear a mask longer than two seconds. Emmaline and Levi love it. They smile the whole time and don’t need any screens or shows - a bonus. These photos are from the Great Swamp and Whitesbog Village.
Andrew celebrating Memorial Day!
Bri enjoyed some time playing in the sand!
Our Genesis Directors, Coordinators, Teachers, and SLP’s are working round the clock and keeping spirits up during this pandemic.
One of the teachers shared:
“With all the stresses and everything else we’re dealing with right now it’s nice we were able to share this moment together.“
Devin's mom, Margaret, sent us a few photos of the Genesis student during her online lessons, saying "Just a few of the hilarious times we’re having with the staff while video learning! We (her parents) so appreciate the humor and patience the staff display during this crazy time. She has said she misses everyone many times."
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 email@example.com to arrange a dropoff.
Powder free exam gloves
Medical isolation gowns
Chemical splash goggles
Hand sanitizer wipes
Surface sanitizer wipes
N95 face masks
Thank you to those who have generously donated PPE for our staff:
Amy Hume Bellisano on behalf of The Woodbridge Center
Brooklyn Home Foundation
Sabrina Rose Dallas
Dr. Ryan Galligan
Audrey Hassuer & other
Dr. Jane Howard
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
Shelley Chi Mawhinney, Metuchen
Making Waves Foundation
Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America
Rab's Country Lanes
Rescuing Families, Inc.
Staten Island Elected Officials
Staten Island Glove & Safety
Oscar Valera, Metuchen
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.