Unique Goods Offers
In a heartwarming initiative to empower individuals with disabilities, Unique Care has taken a significant step forward by opening a storefront called Unique Goods!
Unique Goods is located at 9402 Ave L, Brooklyn New York. It aims to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to work and gain the experience they need to be more independent not only in the workforce, but in their everyday lives.
Working at Unique Goods will enable individuals with disabilities to develop essential skills such as: communication, money-management, and time-management.
Unique Care’s Pre-Vocational efforts began a year ago when two of our day-program participants were given the opportunity to work at Meli Beaute, a Spa and content lounge. Their duties included: organizing, cleaning, and passing out flyers.
A photo of two of our program participants (both on the left) working at Meli Beaute- Summer 2022
We immediately noticed the positive impact it had on their lives. As a result, Unique Goods was cemented as a great way to help people with disabilities get the job experience they need to reach their full potential.
Through interacting with customers and colleagues, people with disabilities will develop their ability to express themselves effectively, listen attentively, and handle inquiries or concerns. This experience fosters confidence and independence, enabling individuals to navigate future social and professional interactions more effectively.
Money Management is a major benefit that people with disabilities will experience working at Unique Goods. Developing an understanding of financial transactions, cash registers, payment types, and record-keeping are crucial for managing personal finances and can lead to independent living.
Time Management is another skill to be practiced while working at Unique Goods. Store hours are Monday-Friday from 10AM to 2PM. This means our individuals will have to keep track of time in order to arrive promptly to carry-out their person-centered job-duties.
By adhering to work schedules, organizing tasks, and prioritizing responsibilities, a sense of discipline and responsibility will be developed. This experience helps individuals with disabilities become more independent and proficient at managing their time effectively- which promotes decision-making and independence.
Unique Goods is not only beneficial to the individuals who work there, but it also serves as a catalyst for community engagement and awareness. By interacting with customers, the storefront becomes a bridge between people with disabilities and their local community. This leads the charge for positive and meaningful change.
Get Outdoors & Get Together Day
Join us for Get Outdoors & Get Together Day on Saturday, June 10! OPWDD will again be partnering with NYS DEC, NYS Parks, and the NYS Department of Veterans' Services for this fun day at more than 20 locations across New York State. This event showcases the accessible recreational opportunities available at our state parks and DEC lands that people with and without disabilities can enjoy together. Download our event flyer here. See our event site for locations and more information! We hope you will join us on June 10! Learn more here.
2024 Budget Highlights
The newly passed Fiscal Year 2024 Budget includes the following funding for OPWDD and the developmental disabilities service system:
Four Percent Cost of Living Adjustment
A four percent COLA for human services providers including providers within the developmental disabilities service system.
Intensive Treatment Opportunities (ITO)
Funding to develop additional ITO units at the former Finger Lakes Developmental Center campus. This additional capacity will support people who require this level of care as they prepare to transition to more independent settings.
Statewide Ombudsman Program
$2 million for creating a statewide ombudsman program which will provide independent advocacy for people who receive OPWDD services. The ombudsman program will be available to all individuals eligible for OPWDD supports and services.
Continued investments in new services
$60 million in new funds to support OPWDD services for people who are new to the system and those whose needs have changed.
Continued investments in independent living opportunities
$15 million for continued development of integrated, supportive living opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
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Unique Care Community Services
Unique Care Community Services provides services in the Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and New Jersey. We are always looking for new talent to work with our Individuals!
Our Direct Support Positions enable people who are interested in
a career in public health gain experience needed by working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our philosophy is to use innovative programs that will engage, encourage, and empower those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We evaluate your needs, devise and implement a plan of action, and monitor its effectiveness to ensure desired outcomes are achieved. We strive to improve you and your family’s quality of life by using innovative, inclusionary, and community-based programs.
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