July 9, 2014

Peer Specialist Graduation

We congratulate graduates of the 2014 class of SUS' Project P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Peer Training Program. Project P.R.E.P.A.R.E. (People in Recovery Engaging People through Advocacy Respect and Encouragement) is a 16-week mental health peer specialist training program in which people in recovery from mental health conditions train to become peer providers of mental health services. Now in its sixth year, the program helps participants gain skills so that they may secure stable employment, live more independently, and better integrate into the community. 

Shyrell Wisdom's Story
In October 2012, Shyrell Wisdom, a tenant at SUS' Beach 85th residence, was forced to evacuate to temporary housing. Her building had endured a 7-foot storm surge and the majority of belongings she had left behind became infested with mold and insects. With support from Enterprise Community Partners, SUS was able to hire a recovery coordinator to lead the rebuilding of Shyrell's apartment building, which celebrated its grand re-opening this past spring. Now back home at Beach 85th, Shyrell's spirit propels her forward. She has plans to publish a second book, enroll in college, and become a certified financial planner. Read More
"No one does more for veterans in Long Island than SUS," said June Stelboum, Vice President of Philanthropy at Meadowbrook Women's Initiative. The community group selected SUS as one of three nonprofit organizations to support this year, offering a generous donation of $15,000. Thanks to Meadowbrook, SUS will provide rental subsidies to more veterans as well as other needs that are not covered by existing programs within SUS' Veterans Services. 
Training Institute Graduation
Ten SUS staff were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from The Training Institute after having completed a six-month intensive training pilot program. The program promoted best practices for person-centered supports to front line supervisors who work with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. A collaborative of SUS, UCP of NYC, and HeartShare, the program offered sessions on the Code of Ethics, core competencies, accountability, leadership, and quality outcomes, and encouraged graduates to implement what they learned in the field. Based on feedback from graduates and trainers who found the sessions valuable, the program will be expanded to other staff at SUS and the other founding agencies. 
For the next two weeks limited edition t-shirts designed by Andrew Zimmern, SUS Board Member and television personality and chef, will be sold via Represent. All proceeds from t-shirt sales will benefit SUS' programs and services. Purchase Now


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 meditation program, a practice that uses the sound of voice to reduce stress. Donations will be used to teach the MediSounds process 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.