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Job Path Gala 2017: Thanks to all our supporters

Job Path is deeply grateful for the generosity of our donors and partners. Everyone involved contributed in making this year’s gala another great success.







Job Path Gala – October 18, 2017

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Happy 25th anniversary on the job

There is a job for everyone.
When he graduated in 1992, Eric Doughty was denied enrollment in a sheltered day program because he was deemed “too loud” and “too compulsive.” But his mother, Geri Smith, was just as glad because she believed her son could hold a job. So through a special project with his school, Job Path set out to prove her right.

Our job developer literally knocked on doors in Eric’s Rockaway

neighborhood until she found Park Nursing Home and convinced director Pat Russell to meet Eric. Geri almost couldn’t believe it when Mr. Russell told Eric, “Just make sure you are on time and wear a clean uniform.”

_Working as a dietary assistant three days a week–stacking and cleaning trays –Eric has been on time and in a clean uniform for 25 years. Now he lives in his own apartment, with help from his family and Job Path, especially Tracey Ramdehal, who has supported Eric for more than 14 years.
_Recently Geri hosted a 25th anniversary party for Eric. More than 50 past and present co-workers–some with their families–filled the backyard of her home. Geri says, “The staff has always made sure that Eric doesn’t fail. They keep him safe and help him stay focused.”
Mr. Russell, who spotted Eric’s work ethic right from the start, added:
“I wish everyone was as happy and delighted to be at work as Eric is.”

Job Path Congratulates Crecida Norris


At the Interagency Council, June 9th, Crecida Norris was recognized as one of the field’s “shining star” Direct Support Professionals. Crecida has been at Job Path since 2004. Every day since then she’s devoted herself to the people she supports. They’ve become shining stars, too, because of the thoughtful support she provides and the deeply caring relationships she’s developed with them and their families. As her supervisor Maureen Martinez says,  “Crecida lives out the meaning of love.”  Job Path truly appreciates her hard work and dedication.

2017 Customized Employment Awards

In celebration of Developmental Disability Awareness Month in March, the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) and the Consortium for Customized Employment (CCE), a project of Job Path, honored four employers for their positive impact on the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities. The honorees were:

  • Brooklyn Prospect Charter Schools
  • Restaurant Associates
  • Shake Shack
  • Tumbador Chocolate

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CCE members and the MOPD with honorees recognized for their commitment to hiring people with developmental disabilities

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Michael Pollack, co-owner, Brooklyn Roasting Company, emceed the 2017 Customized Employment Awards

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Thanks to all who participated in making this a success

Happy New Year from Job Path

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday doesn’t have to be only once a year. Visit our Network For Good page and make giving a monthly event. As little as $5 per month makes a difference.

Thanks to all who made our benefit an event extraordinaire!

Some photos from our October 19, 2016 benefit.

Job Path Wins Autism Speaks House to Home Prize


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.

 Click here to watch a short video about CHIC and Pieced. 

 Autism Speaks Video Award Picture

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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.

Job Path’s First Art Heist Fundraiser



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!