We are excited to announce Goodwill’s newest program, Community Habitation. The program, which is funded by the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), began operations July 1. The goal of this program is to promote community integration and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

Community habitation and respite specialists will visit the homes of individuals within the program to teach skills to participate in the home and community. Respite specialists will also provide families and caregivers a temporary break from care so they can attend to personal matters.

Currently, program staff is reaching out to potential program participants. Community Habitation has approved 11 individuals in Brooklyn who will begin receiving services soon. Program Director, Joy Ellis, says she is very excited for this program to grow in the future. Names have been submitted for individuals across all five boroughs of New York to join the program.

Man with a disability laughing with a woman at a cafe
Ellis says her ultimate goal is to serve as many individuals as possible with customized care plans. “It’s all about individualization and inclusion,” she said.

Although the Community Habitation program works in locations throughout New York, the program’s offices are based in Long Island City at 36-36 33rd Street Suite 101.

The 36-36 33rd Street Location is also home to the "Call Forward" program which provides employment support for individuals who legally blind.

The 36-36 33rd street location is also home to the “Call Forward” program which provides employment support for individuals who legally blind.

If you would like more information about this program, feel free to contact:

Joy Ellis
718 392 7072


Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.


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