A Message From Jill
Happy Spring! Exciting things are happening at Jawonio. Each and every day I am inspired by our staff who provide compassionate and excellent services.
With your support, the Jawonio Building For Tomorrow Phase 2 Main Campus Redevelopment Project is on track for an early Spring, 2020 move-in date. We had a very emotional month, saying goodbye to our agency cabins and trailers, yet making way for a future filled with possibilities. Check out the video here. Now more than ever, it is so important that you stay engaged, consider a gift to the capital campaign, or join with us in our 2019 events. Your participation at any level will go a long way in helping us cross the finish line. You can see the progress of both our construction project and the capital campaign on our Foundation section of the website.
We know our building is critical for our future, however, the most important part of who we are will happen inside our new facility. Here are some of the individual stories from this past month that continue to inspire us: Alirio, a young man whose dream was to go to college, is attending Rockland Community College. We were moved by Jacob’s musical talent when he shared the original song he wrote about Jawonio and performed it at Vision Sports Club, with a smile and confidence that is contagious. We celebrated milestones with Esta, who is a motivated and long-term employee of Five Guys, and is proud that she is able to work and live independently. On World Down Syndrome Day, we were mesmerized as we watched Anthony in a LoHud video piece that wove a beautiful story of inclusion and full-participation in nutrition education at Inserra Shop-Rite, Tallman. He shared the pride in his volunteer activities and enjoyed his kick boxing prowess with his friends as part of the Without Walls Day Services program. Please take a moment to read the article and watch the video here.
I know that by working together, we will build a new and beautiful campus. We will create an environment where innovation is an everyday occurrence, and thousands of children and adults with special needs will be empowered to live a life beyond their wildest dreams.
Campus Redevelopment Update
The second phase of construction is underway. All of the old buildings marked for demolition have come down, and the foundation work for the new building has begun. View the LoHud article featuring the project here!