DECEMBER 6, 2018, BROOKLYN, NY: The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Unique People Services (UPS) Brooklyn Day Habilitation, took place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The newest program is in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. The UPS Day Habilitation program provides intellectual and developmentally disabled individuals on–site and off-site experiences in the community that are tailored to meet their specific needs.
Italia Granshaw, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, , Robert Camacho, Chair of Brooklyn Community Board 4, Julio Salazar, a representative from the Office of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Police Officer Alexander Mignone of the 83rd Precinct and various community stakeholders were all in attendance.
A special community awards presentation was also made to Keeva Jackson-Breland, NYC Residential School Transition Supervisor, NYS OPWDD and Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies & Special Populations at Arts Horizon as appreciation of their involvement in supporting the work of the organization and advancing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Upon receiving her award, Keeva Jackson-Breland spoke to the relationship between UPS and OPPWD, she stated that, “I know for sure that UPS and OPPWD share a common goal—and that is to put people with development disabilities first! I am honored to receive this award as an acknowledgment of the work that myself and my team achieve in helping individuals with special needs.”
Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams sent warm remarks and citations for the organization as well as for Ms. Malarek and Ms. Jackson-Breland. The remarks read by Ms. Italia Granshaw welcomed the organization as a new neighbor and the importance of the services provided. Ms. Granshaw also stated, “It is an honor and privilege to give Unique People Services this citation. The love and nurturing that you give to individuals is commendable. Therefore, on behalf of Borough President Adams, we thank you for the love and nurturing you are providing in the community.” Also during the event, Robert Camacho, Chair of Brooklyn Community Board 4 shared, “I am grateful to have the services provided by UPS in the community and the Community Board is here to support them in any way possible.”
Unique People Services provides vital resources through a wide range of programs and projects that are effective in supporting the self-sufficiency of individuals with developmental disabilities. “This is an important and proud day for the organization,” stated Yvette B. Andre, Executive Director of Unique People Services” We are glad to serve the community with programs that build independence and support individuals to contribute, participate, and become valued community members.