WellLife Network earned a 2020 Top Workplaces honor from Newsday in the mid-sized company category of Long Island health care providers. The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects, including workplace culture, alignment, execution, and connection."

 

WellLife Network Supports A Culture of Employee Engagement

Top Workplaces is more than just recognition," said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. "Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement."

 

"Earning the Top Workplace award makes everyone at WellLife very proud.," said Sherry Tucker, CEO, WellLife Network. "We are so gratified that this top honor is the result of our Long Island employee’s opinions about our workplace culture. During the extreme challenges of COVID-19, our staff members continue to provide high quality, compassionate, and person-centered services.”

 

One staff member said, “Working for WellLife Network is like working for an extended family. The management takes a true interest in its staff. They are ethical, respectful, and appreciative of our hard work and commitment."

 

Investment in Staff Makes the Difference

WellLife Network stands out as a company that builds a culture of caring, commitment, and extraordinary generosity towards its employees and the broader community. Ratings also took into account WellLife Network's employee benefits, community involvement, caring relationships among staff, exceptional investment in employee development, encouragement of work/life balance, innovative leadership initiatives, family-friendly options, special programs recognizing veterans, and more. 

 

"We are committed to continuing our investment in staff, their training, and well being," said Aldkida Jones, Vice President of Human Resources. "WellLife Network is a great place to work and develop a career. We  foster caring relationships among people and that helps us to be more effective in changing the lives of the more than 25,000 individuals and families we serve each year."

 

About WellLife Network

WellLife Network, a health and human services non-profit, offers its broad array of services throughout New York City and Long Island. It provides services to adults and children with mental illness and intellectual/ developmental disabilities; counsels and coordinates services for children recovering from sexual trauma and mental health challenges; offers substance use recovery and prevention services, and trains and finds employment opportunities for individuals seeking to reenter the workforce. WellLife Network is also one of the largest regional providers of residential services in New York.

 

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.

Help us spread prevention messages to youth, families and communities across the state. Prevention messaging is especially important in our continued efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. #RedRibbonWeek #NYGoesRed.

 

 

It’s official, WellLife Network broke ground on its 66 apartment Cypress Avenue mixed-use apartment complex. Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony – (L-R) From L. Riso & Sons, Co. Inc - Craig Elka, Field Superintendent and Manny Papadopoulos, Project Manager; Monica Lopez, Monica Lopez Architect, LLC; James Riso, Vice President, L. Riso & Sons, Co. Inc; representing CSD Housing, LLC – Mike Dehmler, Managing Member, and Michael Newman, Director of Program Development; representing WellLife Network – Sherry Tucker, CEO; Alan M. Weinstock, former CEO; Steve Bernstein, WellLife Network Board Member; Dianne Camelo, Esq., Partner, Levy, Stopol & Camelo, LLC; from WellLife Network – Andrew Carbonara, VP, General Services; Ray Morell, Director, Facilities Mgmt.; Ken Cummings, Facilities Manager; Karen Gorman, VP, Property Mgmt. and New Program Development; Crystal John, VP, Behavioral Health Residential Services; Lori Alameda, CFO; Willie Scott, VP, Public Affairs, and Jianwei Chen, Sr. Controller.  

WellLife Network Breaks Ground on 66 Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Complex in Queens

On September 15, 2020, WellLife Network broke ground on its Cypress Avenue mixed-use housing apartment complex. This complex features 66 apartments, 40 of which will be used to offer safe and secure housing for members of the community with special needs. Twenty-six apartments will provide housing for low-income individuals or families. This life-changing initiative will target New York’s most vulnerable citizens in need of supportive housing. The complex will feature a rooftop garden, forest-like landscaping, a communal event room, an exercise facility, and a high-tech laundromat.

WellLife Network Awarded 15/15 Rental and Tax Credit Assistance

WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue Supportive Housing Project has been awarded more than $754,000 from the NYC Human Resources Administration through its 15/15 Rental Assistance program. This project offers a rental subsidy to provide rental assistance to eligible households living in units awarded social service funding through HRA. WellLife Network was also awarded a 9% tax credit reservation agreement from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction in federal income tax liability for investors in rental housing that serves very low-income and low-income households.

Sherry Tucker, CEO WellLife Network stated, “The Cypress mixed-use housing complex will add value to this neighborhood while providing residents with beautiful apartments for themselves and their families. The timeless design of the structure will fit seamlessly into the site and become an integral part of the fabric of the neighborhood.

WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue housing complex offers 66 mixed-use residences that provides affordable housing, in a park-like setting, for individuals with low income and special needs. Architectural rendering courtesy - Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC

Partnerships Make It Happen

This building will become a reality through a joint partnership among state and city supporters. Funding for this project was made possible through New York City and The Richman Group. WellLife Network is proud to partner with CSD Housing, LLC, a leader in building affordable housing communities. The design of this very contemporary structure was created by Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC (UAI), in conjunction with Monica Lopez Architect, LLC and contracted by L. Riso & Sons Co., Inc.

For More Information

Visit us: www.WellLifeNetwork.org or call our Resource and Referral line: 866.727.WELL or 866.727.9355

WellLife Network programs are licensed and approved for service by numerous governmental organizations, including the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). On Long Island, we work in partnership with United Way.

 

Champawattie Dhanasar works at Grand Central IRA residence giving her all to the nine people who live there.

WellLife Network Recognizes and Thanks

its Amazing Direct Support Professionals

 

This year Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is celebrated September 13-19th. WellLife Network believes it is a great opportunity to highlight the dedicated, innovative direct support workforce that is the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. This year brought new challenges because of COVID-19. Our direct support professionals displayed their commitment to the people they serve and became our Superheroes in keeping all safe and healthy.  

 

WellLife Network thanks its Direct Support Professionals (DSP) for their expertise and dedication. Our more than 600 DSP staff offer a wide range of quality and compassionate services each and every day to support individuals with special needs, so that they may enjoy a more independent and enriched life.

To the individuals under our care, you are a friend, caregiver, life coach and teacher – someone who is always there to be compassionate, responsible and a lifelong advocate. We respect your work and profession and take this opportunity to recognize you for the immeasurable difference you make each and every day in the lives of people in your care.

 

On behalf of our Board of Directors, and all of us at WellLife Network, thank you for your commitment to the vital work you perform each day. 

 

Sherry Tucker

CEO

 

Nadia Hrvatin

VP I/DD Svcs.

 

Crystal John

VP BH Residential Svcs.

WellLife Network Recognizes
National Suicide Prevention Week
September 6-12, 2020

 

Suicide Prevention is everyone’s business and the designated week this month is a unique opportunity for every individual and organization to bring awareness to this life-saving mission. Nationally as well as the local level we are asked to consider the MESSAGE that we are all in it together and are partners in preventing the TRAGIC LOSS of LIVES which also affects as survivors so many in our communities.

 

Many resources are available to you and your organization in the form of public information and education material that can be publicized on your websites, at your physical locations, and otherwise electronically. The wealth of information awaits your interest for distribution. Trainings are also available to be scheduled. Become part of the WellLife Network Team in this mission. We invite your input and participation by contacting us for the many ways that you and your organization can make a difference in PREVENTING SUICIDES.

 

For further information and discussion regarding how you can make a difference please contact:

max.banilivy@welllifenetwork.org

 

 

WellLife Network's "Drive-Up" Food Giveaway
August 21 - 10 am - 2 pm, Huntington, Long Island

Everyone experiencing an emergency food need is welcome to WellLife Network's Drive Up Food Giveaways. Our next Food Giveaway is scheduled to take place outdoors at our Huntington Pantry:

DATE:  Friday, August 21, 2020
LOCATION:  55 Horizon Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
TIME: 10:00 AM - 2 pm or until supplies run out

WellLife is committed to providing nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic to our friends and neighbors in need.

If you do not have the dollars to purchase food for yourself or your family and are experiencing an emergency food need, we can help. WellLife operates four pantries throughout Suffolk County. We offer nutritious food from frozen entreés to cereal, milk, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, condiments, rice, pasta, snacks for school lunches, baby items, personal items, and even pet food. 

Enriching Lives with Wholesome Foods

Providing a food pantry to you our neighbors in Smithtown, Coram, Huntington, and Wyandanch reinforces the WellLife Network’s mission of empowering individuals and families to realize their full potential by helping them to maintain their good health. 

A Special Thank You to Our Generous Partners

WellLife wishes to thank the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for a generous grant to fund this special COVID-19 food relief program, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest Food.

If you have any questions about this Giveaway, please call our Huntington Food Pantry at Tel: 631-920-8000.

 

WellLife Network's "Drive-Up" Food Giveaway
August 7th - 10 am - Noon

Smithtown, Long Island

Everyone experiencing an emergency food need is welcome to WellLife Network's Drive Up Food Giveaways. Our first Giveaway is scheduled to take place outdoors at our Smithtown Pantry:

DATE: Friday, August 7, 2020
LOCATION: 11 Rte 111, Smithtown, NY 11787
TIME: 10:00 AM - NOON or until supplies run out

WellLife is committed to providing nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic to our friends and neighbors in need. If you do not have the dollars to purchase food for yourself or your family and are experiencing an emergency food need, we can help. WellLife operates four pantries throughout Suffolk County. We offer nutritious food from frozen entreés to cereal, milk, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, condiments, rice, pasta, snacks for school lunches, baby items, personal items, and even pet food.

Enriching Lives with Wholesome Foods

Providing a food pantry to you our neighbors in Smithtown, Coram, Huntington, and Wyandanch reinforces the WellLife Network’s mission of empowering individuals and families to realize their full potential by helping them to maintain their good health. 

A Special Thank You to Our Generous Partners

WellLife wishes to thank the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for a generous grant to fund this special COVID-19 food relief program, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest Food.

If you have any questions about this Giveaway, please call our Smithtown Pantry at Tel: 631-920-8300.

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The grant will help support our four Long Island food pantries located in Huntington, Smithtown, Coram, and Wyandanch. WellLife will be assisting thousands of individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 by expanding our capability to offer emergency food packages and household supplies.

 

In partnership with the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, and many other organizations throughout New York, we are working to support the most vulnerable among us. 

 

If you are in need or know someone who can benefit from our food pantry services, call one of these numbers for more information: Huntington – Tel. 631-920-8000; Smithtown – Tel. 631-920-8300; Wyandanch – Tel. 631-920-8250 and Coram – Tel. 631-920-8302.

 

Champawattie Dhanasar - Direct Service Professional Staff Member Shows Concern and Passion for Staff

Champawattie Dhanasar also known as “Debbie” has worked at Grand Central IRA residence since 2017. For three years she has been giving her all to the nine people who call the Grand Central Residence their home. Debbie is a hardworking, dependable, and reliable worker. 

 

During this pandemic, Debbie places the people we serve first. No matter what the task, she is always willing and able to provide the services needed to keep her residents safe, well cared for, and content. As a Direct Service Professional staff member, Debbie is always willing to stay an extra shift to make sure that the individuals receive their needed medications.

 

A Gentle and Motivated Direct Service Professional

Debbie is a very gentle and self-motivated person. She never complains and always goes the extra mile to ensure that the people she cares for receive personalized and compassionate care. 

Champawattie Dhanasar completes the chart on the services she provides to the residents.

 

The residents, staff, and management appreciate everything that Debbie has accomplished to make Grand Central IRA a better work environment. During Covid-19, Debbie always responds positively to be called upon at the last minute to cover shifts. She is genuinely concerned about all of the residents’ wellbeing.  “I wanted to be here for them," said Debbie. She is driven by the compassion she has for the residents and “seeing their faces light up” when she cares for them. Debbie is a model employee and role model for other staff members at WellLife Network.

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