For approximately five years, Sully E., a participant in ILA’s Day Hab Without Walls Program in Brooklyn, has developed his employment skills at David Shannon Florist and Nursery in Kensington. He shows up to work each week, assisting with a variety of tasks such as watering plants, transporting floral arrangements, sweeping the floor and making seasonal bouquets for customers.
At the store, Sully has gained independent living skills and increased socialization. He enjoys interacting with staff and the strong camaraderie that exists at the shop. “Owner Joseph Perrotta and his staff have been very welcoming to Sully,” explains Nicole Sawyers, Supervisor, ILA Day Hab Services. “He goes to work like everyone else and he feels like part of the team.”
Sully has also enhanced his travel training skills. While accompanied by ILA staff, he walks to work from the ILA residence where he lives, successfully navigating streets and saying hello to neighbors on the way.
At work, he takes pride in the festive bouquets he helps to make. His enthusiasm and “can do” attitude is appreciated by his colleagues, especially during holidays. On Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – the two busiest days in the floral industry – Sully received beautiful flowers in recognition of his hard work and dedication. He proudly showed off the bouquets to ILA staff and Individuals.
Sully’s continued growth and the success of the Brooklyn Day Hab program would not be possible without Joseph and his wonderful staff and without the kindness and generosity of ILA’s donors. Proceeds from last year’s 11th Annual Golf and Games Tournament will help to further enhance the program. “Support for our Day Hab program is vital, so Individuals like Sully can continue to acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the community,” Nicole says.
To learn more about ILA’s Day Habilitation Programs, visit www.ilaonline.org/services/day-habilitation. For information on how to support ILA programs at this year’s golf outing, visit the event registration page at www.ilaonline.org/ila-events/coming-soon-12th-golf-games-tournament.