July 30, 2014

New Community Newsletter for SUS' Developmental Disabilities Services

SUS launches  In the Community, a triannual community newsletter that highlights updates and achievements of SUS' Developmental Disabilities Services and the individuals it serves throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. The newsletter, intended for family members, community partners, volunteers and other SUS supporters, is available upon request in English, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. To request a copy, please email 

SUS' Urban Farms was recognized by as one of the coolest urban farms in the U.S. Urban farming, described as one of the most exciting movements in the food industry, helps to create connections between food, cities and those living in poverty, and SUS has led the way in this effort at many of our residences throughout New York City. Read more. 

In the past five years, SUS' Project P.R.E.P.A.R.E. has graduated 60 students, including John Saunders,
a tenant of SUS' Knickerbocker residence for veterans. The 20-week training program, in which individuals in recovery from mental health conditions gain skills to engage and mentor their peers through their own recovery, represents a new beginning for Saunders. After completing the program, staff from SUS' Employment Services work with graduates to develop resumes, practice interview skills, and apply for positions as peer specialists within SUS and at other agencies. "I'm going to do the very best I can to make something happen and I am not going to give up," Saunders says. Read More


NYIN Launches Cleaning with Meaning

Member organizations of the New York Integrated Network (NYIN)-including SUS, HeartShare, IAHD, Lifespire, UCP of NYC and YAI in New York City-have launched Cleaning with Meaning (CWM). The green home cleaning business offers employment to individuals with intellectual disabilities who currently attend day hab and pre-vocational programs. Cleaning Technicians employed by CWM use safe, chemical-free products, making it an environmentally friendly business. CWM, launched in April 2014, creates new opportunities for employees, as many of these individuals wouldn't otherwise be considered immediate candidates for supported employment. To hire a CWM Cleaning Technician, please contact Tom Hunt at (347) 452-4327 or 

SUS' Urban Farms, which engages individuals served by SUS in planting, tending and harvesting produce, has released a new episode of its webcast series. The series, co-hosted by SUS Urban Farms Manager and urban farmers, features testimonials from farmers, farming tips, and updates on SUS' urban farms. This month's video explores the methods the urban farmers use to manage animal pests, such as cats, possums and raccoons, to keep the organic produce safe and healthy to enjoy. Watch Video


Wed., August 13, 2014
Dyker Beach Golf Course
1030 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11228


Join us for a day of golf, networking and fundraising at the Fourth Annual Fluent Golf Charity Outing, benefiting SUS. The event will include a BBQ lunch, foursome golf rounds, prizes,a buffet-style dinner and an awards reception. 


The Great Octave Foundation is running an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to launch a MediSounds program that will teach sound meditation to SUS staff who will introduce the sound meditation to veterans and other people served by SUS who have experienced trauma. Donate Now


AmazonSmile, which offers the same products, prices and service as Amazon, will now donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SUS. Support SUS by shopping through AmazonSmile.