Employee of the Month, September 2018

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Congratulations to Richard Johnson for being selected   Employee of the Month!

Changing career path from the banking industry, Richard Johnson began his new career as a Direct Support Professional with Opengate in January, 2016.

Many of his co-workers indicate their pleasure working alongside of him during his time at Opengate.

Richard has earned two promotions and has served as a Lead Counselor. Currently, he is serving as an Assistant Manager. He has assisted Human Resources at various Job Fairs.

It is evident that Richard is quite enthusiastic about his new career with Opengate. He’s a dedicated employee who always puts people first.

Congratulations to Richard Johnson from the staff of Opengate for being nominated and elected Employee of the Month by your fellow employees.

Other nominees include:  Jodie McGuirk for her positive work ethic and Zuleika Liriano for her positive demeanor during challenging times.


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Get to Know the Impact of Your Donations

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Opengate began as a grass-roots effort when a handful of courageous and committed parents sought a caring community solution for their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Now, almost 50 years later, Opengate relies on the kindness and generosity of our supporters to make our services successful. We are fortunate to have devoted donors who repeatedly, and abundantly, open their checkbooks.

The influence of each donation reaches out to every aspect of daily life for not only individuals in residence, but for those who participate in our community programs and services.

How Your Contributions Help

Beyond the operational costs, our donors make sure that we have funds to offer programs that enhance the lives of our individuals through recreation, education, and socialization. Our individuals take part in several outside sporting programs, like the Miracle League, enriching their team building skills and improving physical fitness.

Last year we were able to add a Music Therapy Program through the benevolence of one of our donors. We were able to secure a music therapist who organizes the weekly program for the benefit of our residents.

Maintaining, updating and furnishing several houses and facilities is another area we depend on for donations. Several of our houses require specialty furnishings to meet the needs of the residents. These items of furniture need to be customized which adds to the replacement cost.

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Opengate recognizes the importance of retaining quality staff members. We assist our employees to realize their full potential with the addition of staff development and training under the direction of Dr. Amy Ruppmann. We believe our staff is united with our strong commitment to person-centered planning, community inclusion, and quality outcomes for all individuals.

Donations also help us provide staff recognition. Each month employees nominate and vote for the Employee of the Month which honors the elected employee with a certificate, a gift card, and recognition on our website and social media platforms.

Each year Opengate hosts the Annual Awards Day Luncheon providing for families, staff and individuals to gather for dancing, socialization, and delicious food. Awards are presented to each individual for their personal achievements in areas such as gardening skills, socialization skills, advocacy and leadership skills.

As you can see, our reliance on private donations is what allows us to grow, yet maintain our mission for all of the individuals who reside in our homes or participate in our programs.

What can smaller donations do? A lot!

While we gladly receive generous year end donations, we realize not everyone is in a financial position to make one large contribution. To that end, we have created several ways to donate, including smaller recurring payments. We never want you to feel like you can’t give enough.

Smaller donations really do count. Example: If only 100 new donors commit to a mere $10 per month for one year it will earn $12,000!

A few of the areas at Opengate influenced by smaller donations are:

  • Events and outings for our consumers
  • Assistance with glasses, or other medical needs not covered by Medicare
  • Sensory items
  • Arts and craft supplies
  • Games
  • Electronics
  • Tickets to sporting or cultural events
  • Recreational equipment

How are you able help?

  • Talk about Opengate to other family members or friends in your community and encourage their donation.
  • Reach out to businesses or corporations for donations of needed goods and services, or monetary gifts
  • Set up a recurring donation schedule (monthly, quarterly)
  • Consider legacy giving in your estate planning
  • Host a fundraising event in your community

Opengate also has a walkway leading up to our beautiful gazebo at our Somers location. Bricks and benches may be purchased to honor or memorialize someone from Opengate, the community, or someone who stand committed to our mission.

We are proud to offer this casual donor impact report covering a few of the areas influenced by your giving. When you make a gift to Opengate you are reaching out to enrich the lives of our individuals and we thank you for your kindness, compassion, and ongoing generosity.


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DSP Recognition Week in Review

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September 9-15, 2018 DSP Recognition Week was observed across the nation to bring attention to the dedicated and vital services provided by Direct Support Professionals.

Their contributions and accomplishments throughout communities is outstanding, and we recognize and thank them for their work providing care to those they serve.

At Opengate we celebrated with special breakfasts and lunches at all of our locations along with a celebratory cake in honor of our DSPs.

Each DSP received a gift of an Echo Dot and an insulated bag to show our appreciation of the hard and compassionate work each one does for Opengate individuals.

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Miracle League of Westchester 2018

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Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale NY was the site for Miracle League again this summer. The program begins in May and continues through the Fall. The League is sponsored by Westchester Recreation and Parks Program.

The participants from Opengate Day Program were: Roger, Ronnie, Mark, Lakisha, Lida, Tony, Albert, Olare, and Dorothia. There were many hits with spectacular home runs!  

After each game our players had a picnic enjoying their lunch, fresh air and success. In September our team players always look forward to the end of the season BBQ when they receive trophies and keep their uniforms.

All Star Day this year was held on Friday, September 14th with events beginning at 10:00 A.M. 

This year the End of the Season Awards BBQ will be held on Friday, September 28th, 2018 at Ridge Road Park using Area #2 (which is to the right of the field) and just a short distance from the parking lot.  The Event will take place from 10:00 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.

We are proud of our players and at each game they not only have fun, but they learn team building skills and good sportsmanship from well qualified coaches. Their time with the Miracle League also improves their physical fitness as they learn the rules of the game.

Congratulations, players! You are all winners!

*A special thank you to Jim Winfield who contributed to this article.


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Employee of the Month, August 2018

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Congratulations to Shannon Clark for being selected as the Employee of the Month!

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Previous to joining the staff at Opengate, Shannon Clark attended Dutchess Community College.

She began her employment with Opengate as a Direct Support Professional and is currently the Assistant Residence Manager at our Grasso House.

Her fellow employees describe Shannon as an amazing team player, always available to assist others, and always presents a positive attitude.

Shannon has helped all the community managers with finding coverage for their houses, and, if needed, she provides AMAP coverage.

Congratulations to Shannon Clark from the staff of Opengate for being nominated and elected Employee of the Month by your fellow employees.

Other nominees include: Jennifer Siano, Heather Cassese and Geoffrey Nyambati


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