The co-street naming in honor of the incredible work, dedication and foresight carried out by the late Lynn Wonsang, was held on May 10, 2019 on Vyse Avenue in the Bronx. The ceremonial street sign was unveiled on the corner of 180th Street in her memory and was held on the same street where the first Unique People Services administrative office and project was located.
NYC Council Member, the Honorable Richie Torres, UPS Executive Director Yvette B. Andre, UPS Board of Director Chair, Crystal Ward, UPS staff, leadership, and various community stakeholders attended. A special proclamation from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., proclaiming it Lynn Wonsang Day in the borough, was presented to Jason Wonsang, the son of the late founder.
The sentiment of the day echoed the importance of the past and the future of the organization. “We are gathered today in recognition of Lynn’s dedication to the Bronx community and voluntary commitment to serving our most vulnerable populations with respect and dignity,” stated Yvette B. Andre, Executive Director of Unique People Services. “The work that I have accomplished is based on the foundation that Lynn built. Today’s street naming is the underpinning of Lynn’s legacy,--- and today we turn the page to the beginning of a new chapter in the organization, one in which I am proud to lead’, she concluded.
UPS has grown from a single 10-bed Intermediate Care Facility to $36 million-dollar agency with over 300 employees and programs throughout Westchester County, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx amd this was a prod day in the history of the organization.
Attendees cheered the unveiling and Councilman Ritchie Torres, who sponsored the legislation to have part of the street named in Ms. Wonsang honor shared, “To honor Lynn’s memory through this street co-naming embraces the rich and vibrant history of our borough and ensures that all those like Lynn, that served the borough and New York City’s most unique residents, will forever be remembered” stated Councilman Torres.