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VisitoneofourresidencesandimmediatelythestrongbondsbetweenILAdirectsupportprofessionalsandIndividualsbecomeevident.ManyofourstaffevenworkextrashiftssuchasduringHurricaneSandytomakesureourresidentsreceiveround-the-clockcare.Whenpeopleworktogetherforanextendedperiodtheyoftenbecomelikefamily.Andthatsexactlythecaseineachofourhouses.AstheAgencyturns30yearsoldthisisanidealtimeforstafftoreectontheirfavoritememoriesofcaringforourIndividuals.Fromvacationanecdotestobreakthroughmomentsintreatmentseewhatstoriesdirectcarecounselorsclinicaldirectcarecounselorsandresidencesupervisorsholdclosetotheirhearts.TheconcludingcommentsbyCarmelaCiceroaparentaptlysummarizeswhythelaborofloveourstaffdoesmatterssomuch.IrisQuirindangoCDCCLamokaAvenueDoIhaveaspecicfavoritememoryHowabouteverythingIvebeenhere15years.Everydayisanicememory.IfIreturnfromvacationoradayoffandwalkthroughthedoortheIndividualssaytheymissedme.ThatmeansalotButthebestpartofmyjobistakingtheIndividualsoncommunityinclusionactivities.IrecentlytookmyIndividualsbowlingandtheyreallyenjoyedthemselves.EveniftheydidntknockallthepinsdownIencouragedthemtokeeptrying.Andnowtheywanttogobackandplayagain.Individualslovebeingoutinthecommunity.ItsgreatseeingthemsohappylikethetimetheyatecottoncandyandjellyapplesinConeyIsland.Lookingattheirfacialexpressionsthemthankingmewithahugandkisssayingtheylovemeisreallyrewarding.Youknowyouredoingagoodthing.MarieRoseReneCDCCFlatbushAvenueTheIndividualsareapartofmyfamily.Theresarealattachment.OneIndividualevenmemorizedmyphonenumber.ShecallsmetosaygoodnightandasksifIgothomeokay.YoutakecareofmeIneedtotakecareofyoushesays.Wealsoenjoytakingourresidentsintothecommunity.WevebeentoBroadwayshowsandMadameTussaudsWaxMuseum.Weeventookalimorideintothecityacoupleofyearsago.IalsotakeourIndividualsshoppingfornewclothes.Wepreparemenustogether.Itsveryrewardingtospendtimewiththem.DanielMikokuResidenceSupervisorHopeAvenueOneofmyfondestmemorieswithmyguyswastherstvacationItookwiththemin2010.Beinginanewenvironmentupstatemadeusallfeelrelaxed.Itbrokeuptheusualroutine.Weevenboughtmatchinghatsonashoppingexcursion.In2013wetookacruiseonLakeGeorge.Therewasmusicanddancing.Everyonehadanamazingtime.SinceHopeAvenueisanall-malehouse11residentsintotalthereisoftenalotofmalebondinggoingon.WerentmovieseverySundaywethrowparties.WearepartypeopleDoingthisjobseeingthequalityoflifeandexperiencingthejoyofmakingsomeoneelsesohappythathasfarmorevaluethanapaycheck.RuthMohammedDCCOceanAvenueWhenIrststartedworkingatOceanAvenue20yearsagoourresidentsweremuchyounger.Wetookwalksontheboardwalkandwatchedtheshipspass.Whenthecruiseshipssailedbyat5p.m.onaSaturdayorSundayourIndividualswouldaskWhencanIgoononeThoselongwalkswerereallynice.NowsomeofourresidentsaremedicallyfragileandnotasstrongastheyusedtobesoIcherishthoseboardwalkmoments.AnothergreatmemoryIhavewhileworkingatILAwasgoingonvacationatMohonkMountainHouseaboutsixyearsago.Everynightwasformaldressatdinnerwetookhorseandcarriageridesandhadteabythereplace.OurIndividualshadagreattime.Youcouldseethejoyintheirfaces.Itwasthebestvacationever.EvaMcKoyCDCC103ClintonAvenueWhenIthinkofhowmanymemorableDirectCareStaffReectonTheirFavoriteILAMemoriesByKellyKassMarciaMcIntoshResidenceSupervisorResidentialNurseCarltonAvenuewithPaulKellyPhotosbyTanyaDinkinsandBenjaminO.SotoEvaMcKoyCDCC103ClintonAvenuewithRobertoSequinotDanielMikokuResidenceSupervisorHopeAvenueandJamesFarrMichaelWilliamsResidenceSupervisorGarnetStreetleadingastaffmeeting12