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HeartShare assists individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and provides vital services to children and families.
OUR PROGRAMS: Family Support Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for HeartShare's Family Support Services?
Anyone who is diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and lives at home with his or her family is welcome to apply. A current, comprehensive psychological evaluation is required. We can assist with obtaining this evaluation. Age requirements and level of supports needed vary by program.
What Respite/Recreational Services do you offer?
HeartShare's Respite/Recreation activities provide supervised outings while giving families a much-needed break. They are a great way to meet new people, improve socialization skills, and provide enjoyable stimulation. Individuals are encouraged to develop friendships and enjoy the wide variety of activities. The following chart details the various programs we have to offer.
|Day||Time||Ages||Borough||Program Name||Contact||Additional information|
|Wednesday||6-10 pm||18 and up||Brooklyn and Queens||Club HeartShare||(718) 422-3292|
|Saturday||1-5 pm||18 and up||Brooklyn||Aiello Recreation||(718) 422-3276||Bedford Stuyvesant and surrounding area only; meets every other week|
|Saturday||12-4 pm||3-5||Queens||Club HeartShare||(718) 422-3292|
|Saturday||12-4 pm||8-17||Brooklyn||Club HeartShare||(718) 422-3292|
|Saturday||12-4 pm||10-15||Queens||Club HeartShare||(718) 422-3292|
|Saturday||12-4 pm||18 and up||Brooklyn and Queens||Club HeartShare||(718) 422-3292||Includes a group for people with dual diagnosis in Queens|
|Saturday||12-4 pm||18 and up||Brooklyn||T.G.I.S. Social Club||(718) 422-3276||Independent travelers only, no transportation provided|
|Saturday||1-5 pm||18 and up||Brooklyn and Queens||Heels and Wheels I and II||(718) 422-3276||For those who have difficulty walking or use a wheelchair. Heels & Wheels II meets every other week.|
|Sunday||1-5 pm||18 and up||Queens||Club HeartShare Sunday||(718) 422-3276||For people with mild/moderate disabilities. Members select trips of interest, which are offered weekly, except for holiday weekends.|
|School Holidays||9:30 am-2 pm||13-21||Brooklyn||School Holiday Program||(718) 422-3276||For those with autism or mild/moderate mental retardation. Meets daily during extended school breaks.|
|Various weekends||Varies||18 and up||Brooklyn||Holiday Overnight Weekends||(718) 422-3292||Must have previous overnight experience and independent self-care skills.|
Do you have overnight respite programs?
Yes, HeartShare has several overnight respite programs. The newest program, SPA (Serving People with Autism) Overnight Respite serves people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located in Staten Island, it is open year-round to those who reside at home and are 7 years of age or older. For more information, please call (718) 422-3268.
HeartShare also has its Home Away From Home program and Holiday Overnight Program. For more information on these programs, please call (718) 422-3292.
How do I know if you have a recreation program that's right for my family member?
HeartShare's programs offer community outings for various groups on Wednesday nights, Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoons, holiday weekends, and during school holidays. We offer recreational activities for individuals with varying levels of developmental disabilities. To determine if a program is right for your family member, please contact the program coordinator at the phone number listed above.
Do you have an opening for my family member?
If you meet the eligibility requirements and live in a location serviced by our bus company, HeartShare will determine if there is a vacancy in the program of interest. If no vacancy exists, you will be put on a wait list. Vacancies and wait lists vary by program.
What is the admission process?
Once HeartShare determines there is a vacancy, the applicant's application and evaluation forms are reviewed, and an interview is scheduled with the individual and his or her family. Our coordinator will determine if the individual will feel comfortable with the other group members and discuss important information about the program.
What are the program hours?
The hours vary for each of HeartShare's recreation programs. Please see the specific program of interest for hours. Please note—allow up to 1 to 2 hours of travel time before and after the indicated times for a program. For example, a program that starts at 12 pm may pick up a member as early as 10 am and drop off at home as late as 6 pm.
When do your programs run?
Unless indicated otherwise, HeartShare's recreation programs are held once a month from late September through June.
Do you provide transportation?
Transportation is provided for all programs except T.G.I.S. Saturday Club. Holiday Overnight participants are dropped off and picked up by families at a meeting place in downtown Brooklyn.
What other services do you offer?
HeartShare offers informational services that provide educational workshops and individual consultations to families and professionals.
- Case Management
Provides assistance with obtaining services for individuals who do not have Medicaid. This is available to Brooklyn residents only. For more information, contact (718) 422-3341.
- Fragile X Syndrome Information and Referral
Provides resources for families regarding Fragile X Syndrome, the most commonly known inherited genetic cause of mental impairment. Training for professionals is also provided. For more information, contact (718) 422-3271.
- The Options Project
Provides modest grants to families of individuals with special needs, based on the impact the funds will have on quality of life in the context of other resources. For more information, contact (718) 422-3290.
- Parent Training
Offers a 6-session weekly course to promote positive behaviors for parents of children with special needs, and a 12-session weekly course for parents with special needs. For more information, contact (718) 422-3276.
- Home Away From Home
Provides overnight respite to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. We are currently recruiting host families. For more information, please contact (718) 422-3257.
Where are your programs located?
HeartShare's services are offered to families living in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Some programs are borough specific.
What is the cost for your programs?
Minimal fees are charged by individual respite/recreation programs. However, no one will be denied service due to inability to pay.
How are your programs funded?
HeartShare's Family Support programs are funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the generous support of our donors.
How can I support HeartShare's Family Support Services?
To make a donation to HeartShare's Family Support Services, visit our Donate page.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information, or to request an application, please contact HeartShare at (718) 422-3271 or email email@example.com.