Making Each Day Meaningful

New Flagship ILA Day Habilitation Hub Now Open!

The Independent Living Association (ILA) is proud to announce the opening of their flagship Day Hab “hub” at 1435 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, a festive Open House event was held on Nov.15 and attended by Day Hab participants, family members and ILA staff. The hub itself occupies an entire floor of an elegant mansion that was an elementary school in the past and has been refurbished by ILA.

Nicole Sawyers, the Day Program Coordinator, says this venue and the unique programs offered celebrates how far ILA has come in its non traditional and effective structure of activities. “This is not the average Day Hab”, she proudly says. “We not only want to increase the participation at this hub, but also to bring these ideas to our Staten Island facility…and then, who knows where else”. Currently, there are about 22 women and men in the program. All have aged out of the high school system of support for the developmentally and intellectually disabled and are living either in ILA group homes or privately in the community. Transportation is provided and the facility is opened Monday to Friday.

Participants in this community based program arrive at about 9:30 AM. There is yoga and stretching exercises and then each individual goes out into the community to participate in various activities. There are those who volunteer at a local soup kitchen or work with City Meals to deliver meals to the needy. There is work at a local flower shop and some are in a cleaning crew helping out at a local elementary school. All then return to the hub for lunch and to participate in their chosen activities. Activities could include bingo, knitting, painting, music, computer training as well as other therapeutic crafts. There is a dance troupe and a dominos team being formed. ILA’s vision is to embrace the concept of individual choice for each person.

The Direct Support Professionals who work here are dedicated to make each day meaningful and enjoyable always with the aim of integration into the community. The creative staff organizes monthly talent shows and is planning a fun filled, “black and white” dressy New Year’s Eve event. At least one special event is planned for each month.

The families of participants have also embraced the ILA Day Hab. They see their loved ones in a safe, trusting environment, not there just to pass the time of day, but to be active, productive, and happy.

To learn more about the new day habilitation hub and ILA, please contact Nicole Sawyers at (718) 852-2000