The month of April is always a joyous one for Eden II. April is World Autism Month, and April 2nd kicks off World Autism Awareness Day. We always look forward to celebrating our community, but even more so at this time. This is also the month where we hold “Dine Out 4 Autism” and our annual Genesis gala, which are all about bringing people together. This year, things will admittedly be a little different.
Over the past few weeks, our lives have changed in drastic ways. Each day, each hour brings new information and concerns over the events unfolding around the world. In the midst of all this uncertainty, I wanted to take a moment to once again thank our entire staff, who have truly stepped up to fulfill our core mission of supporting our participants and their families.
Our participants depend on structure and routine. Their worlds have been turned upside down. Our teaching staff have been working hard to implement this new way of learning that is individualized and tailored to meet our student's needs.
Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) continue to be on the frontline to ensure our participants' needs and safety are met. While other workers are home practicing social distancing, our DSPs continue to report to work every day to take care of our participants that need our support and those who are living in our group residences.
We are forever grateful for the many supporters and community members who are always there for us. You can see just a few of them highlighted below.
We had to postpone quite a few events, but we are looking forward to celebrating with you when it is safe to do so.
Are you celebrating Autism Awareness Day? Let us know-we love seeing pictures of our families and what they're up to while home. It brings a smile to our face in these scary times.
The next few weeks will be challenging for our staff, participants, and their families. I want to let you all know that we are ready to provide all the help we can. I have no doubt we will get through this together.
Chef Ralph Scamardella, Eden II parent and TAO Partner/Chef, packed up his car with perishable items to donate to our residential homes. They also donated excess product to other organizations like NYC Food Bank and City Harvest, who need it now more than ever. Thank you, Ralph!
Thank you to Stephanie Cassas for her generous donation of N95 masks, loop masks, sanitizer spray and other supplies for our residences! Stephanie shared, "As a parent, I am very appreciative for the dedication the staff have everyday for our kids. I am happy to help in any way I can during these trying times. My son, Michael, and I are thankful to the staff and are thinking of them and the participants everyday."
Nastasia and dad, Bob, practice social distancing at home while celebrating his birthday. Happy Birthday, Bob!
Joe is working hard on his lessons at home!
Ralph is letting us know with some great artwork that everything will be ok!
Anthony is ready to start his lessons!
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 email@example.com to arrange a dropoff.