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Sandy Sewell and Ellen Spergel Tell Their Story–Alumni Profile

This summer, Sandy Sewell reunited with her dear friend Ellen Spergel, who she met at “Camp Jawonio” back in the early 1960’s. Ellen was a counselor for one summer right before college, and Sandy was a camper. They got reacquainted years later in the 1970’s when Sandy reached out to…

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Jawonio: First Officially Recognized Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace in Rockland County

On Thursday, June 14th, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, and the community recognized Jawonio as the first business in Rockland to achieve Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Recognition by the Rockland County Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program. Thanks to a grant from the…

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Summer Camp Counselor, Warren Silberstein Shares His Jawonio Story

In honor of throwback Thursday and looking back on fond memories of Jawonio, please take a look at Warren Silberstein’s Story, who has a personal connection to our Foundation as a former Camp counselor! “I first came to work at Camp Jawonio in the summer of 1964, when I was 16…

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Jawonio to be Recognized by HSN Cares During Annual $1,000 A Day Giveaway on 4/14!

We are thrilled to announce that Jawonio will receive a $1,000 donation on April 14th as part of the HSN Cares annual $1,000 a day giveaway campaign. HSN Cares selected Jawonio from a pool of hundreds of entries. HSN customer Christine Neidhart and her husband volunteer with us at Jawonio, and are members of…

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DSP Week Celebration – Spotlight on Clint Walker

Clint pictured with Aridia Meet Clint Walker, DSP – New City Day Hab Clint Walker has been working for Jawonio for almost ten years. He joined Jawonio in 2009, and started as a DSP Assistant, then promoted to DSP shortly after. He came to work for Jawonio through the Community Employment…

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DSP Celebration Week – Spotlight Profile – Marlene Richez

Meet Marlene Richez, DSP at Paul J. Tendler Condos Marlene just had her 10 year anniversary working at Jawonio, having worked here since May of 2018. She started at Jawonio by simply stopping into the main Administrative Offices and applying for a job.  She had previously worked at Home Aides…

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DSP Celebration Week – Spotlight on Myra Rybarczyk

Meet Myra Rybarazyk, DSP at Moskoff House and PACE: Myra Rybarazyk has worked at Jawonio as a DSP for the past 14 years. She became aware of Jawonio through her daughter Karen Genua, who also worked as a DSP at the beginning of her career, then became a coordinator, a…

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DSP Week Celebration – Spotlight Profile – Kadian Gillis

Kadian Gillis – DSP, Yonkers Day Program Jawonio celebrated its DSP staff last week, September 9-16, by hosting DSP Luncheons, collecting thank you notes from consumers in our residences and day programs and sharing profiles of some of our incredible DSP staff on social media and on our blog. Meet Kadian…

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DSP Celebration Week – Spotlight on Ronald Roberty

Meet Ronald Roberty, DSP – Without Walls (WOW) Program Ronald has been working in the Jawonio Without Walls (WOW) Program since 2014, but has been working for Jawonio for the past 24 years. He started out working in the Community Living Services program at Katzen when it was an ICF…

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DSP Celebration Week – Spotlight Profile – Yolene Altidor

Meet Yolene Altidor, DSP – Cummings House Yolene has been working at Jawonio since 1997 at Cummings House. Before coming to Jawonio, she worked at another health agency for about 20 years. Combined, she has over 40 years of experience in the direct service field! Yolene shared that her husband…

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About us

We provide care for over 10,000 people with special needs each year.

Our mission

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premier provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions. 

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being, and equality of people with disabilities and special needs.