Each week some of Opengate’s individuals participate in sorting and packaging surplus medical supplies for the Afya Foundation located in Yonkers, NY. Afya Foundation regularly donates and ships supplies to African countries and badly damaged areas of the world due to natural disasters.
Peter Blechman was employed with Opengate as a Behavior Analyst from 1986 to 2004. One of the most gratifying programs he was involved in creating during this time was the theater group, The Heart & Soul Players, who rehearsed and performed on the grounds.
At our annual Awards Day luncheon, Opengate also celebrated our 50th Anniversary with our staff, residents and their families. Each of our individuals was presented a certificate for their achievements.
It was Friday, July 3, 1970 when Wendy came to Opengate as a young woman of 19, a date she has committed to memory. The agency was founded the previous year by a group of parents wanting better resources for their adult children. There were not many options for adults as they aged out of the system which provided for their needs as children.
Victoria Ribon joins the Opengate executive staff with a newly created title, Chief Human Capital Officer, formerly known as Chief Human Resources Officer.