Job Path was awarded the top prize in the daily support category for CHIC: Changing Housing into Community. CHIC is a parent-initiated program that represents a partnership between Job Path, a group of parents and Adaptations, a social program at the JCC of Manhattan. CHIC offers the support of a group home without the group home. People have their own apartments but live near one another. Everyone has the personalized supports they need to manage their households and participate in community life. We are even creating an app, Pieced, that is designed to help people hire their own staff. Think Tinder meets Linked In. Our first CHIC community, which we call West Side Connections, is operating in New York City.
West Side Connections has gone from the drawing board to reality: several young people are now in their own apartments. Director, Lauren Enos, manages the day-to-day details and helps connect the young people to one another and to community life.
Did you miss our Art Heist? The event, held at the Brooklyn Brewery, featured art donated by artists and friends from Job Path. Click here to watch a short clip and we hope to see you next year!
For more information and to see available artwork click on the flyer below.
Thank you to our friends at The Frick Collection for choosing their top 10 picks.
Kaydn Helps has been working at the Heartland Brewery for the last four months. Kaydn has been updating the specials on the chalkboard in two of their locations and he adds names to the celebrity photos at their Port Chester location.
Job Path’s first Art Heist Fundraiser is slated to happen at the Brooklyn Brewery on 5/5/16 starting at 7:30 PM. We are seeking visual art donations including photography, painting, illustrations, and mixed media.
If chosen, you will receive a free ticket to the event which includes admission and unlimited beer. Deadline is February 29th, 2016.
Please consider a donation to our first
Giving Tuesday campaign!
By clicking on the link and making a gift, you can support our Giving Tuesday campaign. Your donation will help ensure that people with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to find jobs and lead independent lives.
You can continue to help spread the word! Forward our campaign and remind friends to make a gift to Job Path and share on your social media accounts.
Congratulations to the New School, one of the winners of an OPWDD Works For Me award, for “demonstrating that employing individuals with developmental disabilities is great for business and these workers are valued members of New York State’s vibrant workforce.” The New School has hired several of Job Path’s graduates and will be honored on October 22 in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
David E. Van Zandt, President of the New School, will also be presenting this year’s Employer of the Year Award to the Brooklyn Roasting Company at our annual benefit on November 17th.
Rayquan Winchester is a part of Job Path’s Urban Innovations project. As an urban Innovator he was an impromptu speaker at a press conference about composting and community gardens at Chenchita’s garden recently. He is seen here with Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer. When asked about the experience he said, “It was great!”
Job Path’s theater group, Outside Voices, performed an original play, What If I Were Whole? It catalogues the obstacles the group’s members have faced throughout their lives, as they’ve struggled to gain independence, autonomy and respect. The play was written by the company and spoke directly about what its like to be sidelined. The company performed two nights to a standing room only crowd.