May 19, 2014

A year and a half after SUS' Beach 85th residence in Far Rockaway, Queens was hit by Super Storm Sandy, renovations of the property are complete and all 71 tenants have returned to their home. Part of an effort to restore coastal neighborhoods affected by the storm, the residence is one of the first housing projects with extensive damages to complete renovations. To commemorate the reopening, SUS hosted a celebration this month which recognized the renovations, additional retrofitting for resiliency, and long-term recovery plans against future disasters. The celebration-attended by residents, staff, funders and the Queens Borough President's Director of Health and Human Services-also acknowledged residents for their resilience through this challenging year.  View photos  | New York Daily News | NY1  |   New York Nonprofit Press

Last week, Women for SUS convened 100 women from the business, beauty and fashion industries at The Apartment in SoHo, Manhattan to celebrate its launch at an intimate cocktail event. An affinity group of SUS, Women for SUS supports the housing efforts of SUS to provide homes for New Yorkers. The event promoted opportunities for established and emerging leaders to have a strong philanthropic impact on these efforts, helping to expand the organization's growing real estate portfolio-which now covers over 1 million square feet-to provide homes for more New Yorkers. Learn More | View Photos 

This month, SUS presented a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Brian Iwata, one of the foremost researchers, clinicians, and educators in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over three decades. In the past three years, Iwata has worked with SUS to integrate ABA into the organization's programs and services for adults with autism. He has helped to align its work in behavior management with best practices by designing effective, customized intervention plans for individuals served by SUS. As this area of SUS' work develops, it will help to inform the organization on how to help adults with autism develop stronger communication skills, thus helping them to become more independent. Read More 

The month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, marks an opportunity to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health disorders, build awareness, create a forum for greater understanding; thus helping to break the stigma associated with the condition. In an effort to provide a safe haven for young adults experiencing mental health challenges, SUS' Crisis Respite Center, in partnership with the City of New York, provides a "soft landing" by offering them an alternative to hospitalization.  Last month, the Crisis Respite Center celebrated its first anniversary, in which past "guests" shared how the program helped them envision and/or actually attain new possibilities for themselves through the supportive relationships they build with peer staff. Read More  

SUS is honored to announce that we have been selected as a 2014 Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) grant recipient to expand our ability to provide suicide prevention services to injured service members. SUS is the only organization in the New York Metropolitan area and one of 11 organizations nationwide that received funding from WWP to launch Operation Constant Courage (OP:CC), a veterans suicide prevention program. OP:CC assigns veterans in local communities to act as first responders to other veterans at risk of suicide, leveraging the social fabric of the community. Under the provisions of the grant, we will train veterans in New York City and surrounding counties to respond to veterans who are in crisis by reaching them within hours and connecting them with social services. Learn More 

SUS has appointed Arlo Chase to serve as our Vice President of Real Estate. In, this new position, Chase oversees the organization's 1 million square foot real estate portfolio, which is set to grow another 400,000 square feet from housing under construction or in development. He is positioned to complement our established success and our emergence as a housing developer and property manager. Chase will also manage the organization's expansion in the affordable housing space. Read More         




Thursday, May 22, 2014
3:00pm - 7:00pm
CB 16 Community Board Office
444 Thomas S. Boyland St.
Brooklyn, NY


Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in resume writing and interview skills workshops, learn about available affordable housing, and explore volunteer opportunities.


Bronx Community Fair

Saturday, May 31, 2014
11:00am - 3:00pm
Academy of St. Ursula, In the Cafeteria
330 Bedford Park Blvd, New York, NY
(Enter at East 199th Street/Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx)  


Attendees will learn about resources for adults and children with developmental disabilities, spiritual health, and healthy eating; get information related to affordable housing and employment opportunities; and meet and greet with local vendors and service providers in the Bronx.  


Volunteer Opportunity

Friday, June 13, 2014
9:00am - 2:00PM
Astoria Park, 19th St and Hoyt Avenue North
Queens, New York, NY    


Come volunteer for the 4th Annual SUS Olympics! Cheer on approximately 500 SUS athletes with intellectual/ developmental disabilities as they compete in track, field, basketball and recreation activities. Volunteers will help cheer on participants, assist with the various activities (timing runs, measuring throws, etc.), and give out individual awards and medals. Wild enthusiasm welcome!