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SUNY Adirondack Office of Continuing Education Announces Receipt of 2016-2017 SUNY Workforce Development Grant funds

Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Press Release

For immediate release   Contact:          Erin Krivitski, Coordinator of Workforce Training,   SUNY Adirondack Office of Continuing Education / 832.7604     SUNY Adirondack Office of Continuing Education Announces Receipt of 2016-2017 SUNY Workforce Development Grant funds (QUEENSBURY, NY- September 20, 2016) – SUNY Adirondack has been approved for   $60,000 in grant funding through the SUNY Workforce Development Grant Program. The Office of Continuing Education will partner with six local organizations – Kru Coffee Collective of Saratoga County, Adirondack Studios of Washington County, and a consortium including CWI, Inc., Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area, WWAMH, and AIM Services, Inc. representing Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties - to offer training that will affect an estimated 234 employees over the coming year. These projects were chosen for funding after a competitive selection and submission process that occurred over the summer. The SUNY Workforce Development grant program assists companies in New York State with staff training and development costs. The grant is intended to support workforce training projects in order to encourage new businesses to relocate to the state and existing businesses to expand and create and retain jobs. The grant funds pay up to 90% of the direct costs of training. SUNY Adirondack looks forward to working with area employers to advance the skills of so many local employees in the coming year with the help of the SUNY Workforce Development Grant Program.   For more information, please contact Erin Krivitski, PsyD at 832-7604 or via email at

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Foothills Clinic RSVP Volunteer of the Year Nominee Della Shiell

Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Press Release

CWI recently nominated Della Shiell RSVP Volunteer of the Year for the Foothills Clinic through the Salute to Senior Service Program sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care Network. One winner from each State is selected by popular vote, and Home Instead donates $500 to each of the State winner’s designated non-profit organization and a national winner receives $5,000 donated to their organization of choice. “Della enjoys volunteering because she likes the involvement with the people she works with and feels like she is making a difference at her age,” says Jane Havens, Division Director for Clinical Services. “Della impacts our services on many levels including maintaining patient records, mailings and providing front line informational knowledge to the public. She truly deserves this recognition.” Della has volunteered at CWI for 7 years (20 hours a month), and for the past 12 years, she has served on the organizations Board of Directors. “I am proud to serve on the CWI Board of Directors and to have been a part of their 50th Anniversary year,” says Della. In addition, she has been recognized at the Glens Falls YMCA as Volunteer of the Year and CWI‘s RSVP Volunteer of the Year for Most Hours (2,800 hours). For the past 6 years, Della has also volunteered at Glens Falls Hospital logging over 7,000 hours of volunteerism within the first 5 years! Della has also volunteered for Warren County Tourism, Caritas, Prospect School, Double H Hole in the Woods Camp, RSVP of Warren and Washington Counties and ADK. She also knits afghans for the Moreau Community Center to be given to the South Glens Falls High School students participating in the Annual Marathon Dance and crochets blankets for the Snuggery and Pediatric departments at Glens Falls Hospital. "The highlight of each day is knowing I have given a smile to a patient, a hug to a needy friend or a helping hand to an office worker,” says Della. “I have also made many good friends and met many wonderful people along the way." Thank you Della for all you do in our community!

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New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. Honors Area Individuals With Disabilities for Employment Excellence

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Press Release

NYSID celebrates 40th anniversary year, recognizes statewide work on Preferred Source contracts Albany, NY (August 12, 2014):  Twenty Capital Region/Hudson Valley area New Yorkers with disabilities are among 59 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers recognized through NYSID’s annual people-centered awards program. The 2014 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients and all 2014 Joslin Outstanding Performers will be honored during NYSID’s Annual Meeting on Monday, September 8 at 5 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. That evening, NYSID also will kick off its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding. NYSID is a not-for-profit business which administers Preferred Source contracts for products and services in support of state and local government procurement budgets. Its mission is “Turning business opportunities into JOBS for New Yorkers with disabilities.” In its 11th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized 534 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 13 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. The Outstanding Performers for 2014 from the Capital Region/Hudson Valley are: Bridget Bailey, Liberty/Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC, Inc. (Amsterdam), food service/healthcare/hospitality products assembly Cody Botha, Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries (Schoharie), graphics production Jonathan Brooks, Fulton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Lexington Center (Gloversville), packing/material handling Willard Broughton, Warren/Washington/Albany Counties Chapter NYSARC, Inc.(Slingerlands), custodial William Brown, Jr., Gateway Community Industries, Inc. (Kingston), custom cleaning Mary Bruce, Herkimer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Herkimer Industries (Herkimer), production/assembly Katie Caban, Schenectady County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Pine Ridge Industries (Schenectady), document imaging Kerry Crumble, The Altamont Program, Inc. (Schenectady), custodial Jacob DeWolfe, Focused Technologies (Menands), document preparation Eric Fuller, Rehabilitation Support Services (Albany), custodial Benjamin Hunt, Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc. (Menands), printing Beverly Kelly, The Arc Otsego (Oneonta), machine operator James Ormsby, Saratoga Bridges, NYSARC, Inc. (Ballston Spa), firewood processing/packaging Adam Rabideau, Essex County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Mountain Lake Industries (Mineville), picnic stable construction Patricia Reed, Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (Glens Falls), packaging/production Robert Rowe, eBizDocs (Menands), document preparation Jean Mary Shields, Ulster?Greene Arc/Pilot Industries (Kingston), drug test kit packaging Neil Vatsyayan, Center for Disability Services (Albany), mailroom Vernell Washington, Image Data, Inc. (Albany), document indexing Jamie Weaver, Columbia County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Coarc (Mellenville), custom injection molding "For 40 years, NYSID has been turning business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with … 

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CWI’s New Schroon River Day Habilitation Site Hosts Open House

Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Press Release

GLENS FALLS, NY (June 17, 2014):  Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (CWI), recently moved their Schroon River Day Habilitation Program from 99 River Street to 87 River Street, Warrensburg, NY.  The new 4,000 square foot facility features an improved environment for the safety and well-being of the aging population served there, including additional rest rooms with electronic lift systems and functional green space with a fenced in yard.  There are currently 31 individuals with disabilities served at this site who all reside within a 30 mile radius of the location.  The community is invited to tour the new facility during an Open House scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 3:30-5:00 PM. “We are very excited about the move to our new expanded facility.” says Deb Rowell, V.P./Chief Operation Officer, CWI, Inc.  “We are confident it will provide an improved environment for the individuals we serve.” For more than 50 years, CWI has transformed the lives of numerous individuals who are developmentally disabled, medically frail, brain injured, economically disadvantaged and individuals with other challenges.  Our services include a broad range of innovative programs to foster independence and help individuals served to realize their goals and dreams.  Our dedicated, compassionate and specially-trained staff guide individuals in work, volunteerism, recreation and socialization to enable them to lead meaningful and productive lives in their community.  CWI has grown to become one of the largest employers in the four-county region with nearly 700 employees as well as 60 individuals with disabilities employed in its sheltered workshop.  For more information or to make a donation, visit or call 518-793-4700 ext. 12129.  CWI is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  CWI…enriching lives one story at a time! View as PDF Linda Dickie, PR Specialist (518) 793-4700 ext. 12129

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CWI Holds Snowflake Ball for the People they Serve

Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Press Release

GLENS FALLS, NY (March 5, 2014):  In celebration of Community, Work & Independence, Inc.’s (CWI) 50th anniversary, a Snowflake Ball will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury, NY.  The event is being offered to the individuals with disabilities that CWI serves and nearly 300 guests are expected to attend the free event. Festivities will include a dessert buffet, a snowman contest, a  photo booth, raffle prizes and dancing to the sounds of the world-famous band FLAME – a group of musicians with disabilities from the Lexington Center in Fulton County, NY who have done a world tour, been featured on Good Morning America and in People Magazine. CWI also offered a Snowflake Boutique prior to the event featuring complimentary evening wear for individuals attending the Ball.  Formal gowns, dresses, shoes, accessories as well as men’s suits, ties, shirts were donated by CWI staff, board members and individuals from the community.  More than 150 items were donated. Sponsors for CWI’s Snowflake Ball include Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls; Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company; Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes, PC; Associates of Glens Falls; Cooper’s Cave Ale, LTD; TD Bank; The Bonadio Group; Dr. Edward Kerr; Livingston’s Quality Manor; Schutze Family Dentistry, PC;  Kurt and Tina Moser; Hudson Headwaters Health Network; Drs. Harriet and Daniel Way; and Oriental Trading Company. Raffle prize donors include Broadway Lanes (Fort Edward); Walmart (Queensbury); Golden Corral (Queensbury); Cool Beans; St. George’s Orthodox Church; The Fun Spot; Hannaford (Queensbury); and Six Flags Great Escape Indoor Water Park. Since 1963, CWI has worked to bring about positive change and hope for many.  A cornerstone in communities across the four-county region, CWI has transformed the lives of numerous individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Through the provision of quality and innovative services, CWI, a not-for-profit community rehabilitation provider, offers a myriad of services to meet the needs of people who are developmentally and learning disabled, medically frail, brain injured, economically disadvantaged and individuals with other challenges.  CWI supports these people who strive to be productive and meaningful members of their local community by offering basic services to individuals including: transportation, clinical and dental services and housing. This then builds a foundation … 

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