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CWI Holds Groundbreaking for New IRA

DSC09587  IRADivstaff&consumers at Pearl St. Groundbreaking 7-21-15   PearlStGroundbreakingCeremony 7-21-15 Future Site of Pearl St. IRA

Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (CWI), held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest residence for individuals with disabilities.  The event was held on Tuesday, July 21, at the site located at the corners of Pearl and Pine Streets in the Village of Hudson Falls, New York.

The following individuals participated in the ceremony pictured above in top photo:  Chris Hickey, CWI CFO; Kevin Elms, CWI Facilities Manager; Tom Albrecht, President, Hilltop Construction;  Mark Donahue, CWI President/CEO; Kurt Moser, CWI Board Treasurer; Deb Rowell, CWI VP/COO; Betsy Buecking, CWI Division Director Day Programs; and Betsy Frye, CWI Manager for CWI’s Reynolds Road IRA.  Seated l-r are three individuals who will reside in the new Pearl Street home:  Lynn Reed, Joyce Rozell and Anna Greene.  Pictured above in the second photo with the future Pearl Street residents (seated) are standing l-r:  Dan Juidiciani, Division Director Residential Services; Martha Bonan, CWI Residential Program Coordinator; and Betsy Frye.  The fourth photo depicts lot site for the future home prior to construction.

CWI applied to the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and received conceptual approval in 2013.  At that point, the planning process officially began.  The new 2,100 square foot home is being designed by Smith Engineering and Architects, Gloversville, NY and built by Hilltop Construction, Hudson Falls, NY.  It will feature two fully handicap accessible bathrooms, bedrooms for up to 5 residents, expanded living space and a state-of-the-art sprinkler system. CWI currently operates twelve residences and two supported apartments for individuals with disabilities.

CWI supports people who need specialized services, such as individualized residential alternatives like CWI’s new Pearl Street home, in compatible family-like groups balancing independence and safety for those ready to leave their family home, improve personal skills, interact cooperatively with peers and create friendships.  Caregivers focus on an individual’s preferences as well as his or her broader needs, and encourage bonds within the group.  Activities vary based on ages, personalities, physical and social abilities, interests and aspirations of the residents.  According to the most recent OPWDD Residential Request Registry, over 4,200 individuals with developmental disabilities statewide are urgently awaiting residential placement and another 2,800 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities across the State are waiting for residential placement and will need a place to live within the next few years.