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    By Tom Schreck, Director of Communications

    

    Wildwood’s Spring Gala will be held Friday, April 27 from 7pm to 11pm at The Albany Capital Center. The gala is not only Wildwood’s premier fundraiser of the year, it is also Wildwood’s night to shine among people in the community. Guests who attend the gala are introduced to our organization in a grand and spectacular way and become better acquainted with the mission of Wildwood, the services we provide, and the lives that have been changed by Wildwood.

    There is a gourmet dinner, open bar, fabulous desserts, and music throughout the night by one of the region's best bands, Body and Soul. It is a great evening to celebrate Wildwood while having fun with friends, making some new ones, and networking with some of the areas most influential people.

    If you are interest in attending the gala or have questions about it, please contact Jennifer Lawrence in the Foundation Office at jlawrence@wildwoodprograms.org or 518.836.2318.

By Michelle Singh, LMSW, Family & Community Services Program Coordinator 

    

    Family Support Services provides an opportunity for individuals to seek support for a variety of needs. Currently, Family Support Services includes components of Counseling, Case Management, and Trainings/Workshops.   Read more about these services and see the spring workshops by clicking the link below or for more information about any of these services, please contact Michelle Singh at 518.640.3350, or msingh@wildwoodprograms.org.  

By Michelle A. Brown LMSW, Coordinator of Integration and Advocacy

    

    Wildwood's 5th Annual Legislative Day took place on March 1, 2018.  Over 20 self advocates, staff, parents, and board members visited local Senators and Assemblypersons to continue bFair2DirectCare Advocacy.  As constituents, we had the opportunity to thank our delegates for ensuring our Direct Support Professionals received a wage increase in the 2017-2018 budget. 

    While this was a positive step, we explained to legislators that the workforce crisis has actually worsened in the last year. It is challenging to attract and keep quality staff.  Why?  Staff continue to leave because they can make more money, with less responsibility, in other industries, such as fast food and retail.  Even with last year’s wage increase, salaries are not rising fast enough to compete. Currently, Wildwood is experiencing a 24% vacancy rate and a 45% turnover rate in the first 3 years of employment. This problem is not unique to Wildwood, but is a statewide workforce crisis. 

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