In preparation to celebrate October, National Disability Employment Awareness month, Goodwill’s Champions Program held a talent show in the agency’s Astoria headquarters employees cafeteria on Friday, September 26. The Dayhabilitation Program serves individuals with developmental disabilities who are 50-years or older. Thirteen individuals sang, danced, and read poetry in front of their peers.

To see photos from the talent show, click here.

Champions is a Dayhabilitation Retirement Program that aims to help participants remain physically and socially engaged. The program was born when individuals who had received work experience at Goodwill’s Astoria Work Center for many years expressed their desire to continue spending time with the friends they made at Goodwill over the years and remain active in the community.

Activities include art, music, cooking, light exercise, and various activities at local community senior centers with non-disabled adults of their own age group. Workshops -provided both in classroom and in the community- include self-advocacy, money management, social/communication skills training, computer skills training, and healthy lifestyle.

The goal is to help older individuals with disabilities stay socially, mentally, and physically active.

Goodwill’s Champions Program opened in October 2013 and is funded by the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

For more information on the services the Champions Program provides or to register, please contact Josephine Quaye at (718) 777-6358 or jquaye@goodwillnynj.org.

Champions Program:
4-21 27th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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