"Together We Can" Forum
Jawonio was excited to kicked off its “Together We Can” forum in April for individuals involved in our Day Habilitation Programs to meet and share with the staff and agency leadership, their accomplishments, what they are excited about, and things that they want to work on. The forum met April 19th for the first of regular monthly meetings. Twenty self-advocates were present along with Day Habilitation staff and Randi Rios-Castro, Associate Executive Director, Carol St. John, Community Living Services Division Director, and Dan Lukens, POMS Coordinator. It is important that the thoughts and feelings of all of our participants are a part of the larger agency dialogue and these forums provide a structure in which program participants have a voice.
Randi listening to Malcolm
Alirio, Joe and Keith
It was wonderful to have so many individuals participate and enthusiastically support each other. Highlights of the discussion include; Alirio, who announced he had begun a college course at RCC, and Nanpan shared about his college course at the Learning Center, Michael, Myra and Joe shared about volunteer work they are doing, Bobbi talked about his job that he really enjoys.
Others spoke about their goals of finding paid work and were strongly encouraged to continue the process. Some spoke about community events people can participate in and many shared about the positive friendships that they have found in the program, as Morris said, “I like it here at Jawonio Seniors Program, I have friends here.” Staff also had a chance to share as well. Rhianna said, “We are like a family.”
Jawonio is a strong community and our organization’s Core Values of Compassion & Respect, Inclusion, Honesty and Integrity and Positive Attitude are represented throughout the services we provide and the “Together We Can” forums.
Barbara with participants
We provide care for over 10,000 people with special needs each year.
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.