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Danny Moves Towards Greater Independence

December 9, 2016

Impact Stories, In The Media


“This is my life. This is what I always wanted to do.” -Danny, Park Avenue Residence and Supported Employment Program

Danny is very independent. With the help of his Medicaid Service Coordinator, Jawan James, Danny can more easily access available resources and supports. “Danny knows what he wants. I just submit the paperwork to make sure he gets his services,” Jawan said modestly. Danny, who lives at HeartShare’s Park Avenue Residence in Queens, has many HeartShare teams at his side to help him achieve his goals. HeartShare’s Residential, Day Habilitation and Employment Programs have brought Danny closer and closer to leading the life he wants. Through the Queens Day Habilitation Program, Danny started his employment journey at Applebee’s. Following that experi­ence, Danny learned the bus route to Queens College, where he volunteered and received on-site training from his job coach. Danny now works at Queens College. He also hops on the LIRR to visit his family. “This is my life,” said Danny. “This is what I always wanted to do.” The Queens Developmental Disabilities Council recognized Danny’s accomplishments with a “Celebrating Success” award earlier this year.

Learn more about HeartShare and its Family of Services in our 2016 Annual Report.