Every year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as “Giving Tuesday”. It came about as an answer to the shopping craze of “Black Friday” and to help people focus more on giving to others and less on the superficial part of the holiday season.
This year the Wildwood Foundation got involved by starting a new initiative called “Friends of Wildwood,” to honor our community partners and to give thanks to the people and organizations that enrich the lives of the people we support.
On Giving Tuesday, the Foundation led a team of twenty Wildwood volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Wildwood volunteers packed over 6,000 pounds of food to be boxed and sent to organizations around the Capital District to feed hungry families. Wildwood staff, families, Board members and people receiving supports, formed a strong and dedicated team that gave an afternoon to make our community stronger.
Many of us were elated when Governor Cuomo announced that, because of the strong advocacy and his recognition of the valuable contribution of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), that he was funding a pay raise for DSPs in 2018. Since then, many things have been conjectured about the state of federal funding and the possibility of cuts to the state budget. There is a question of whether the governor and the legislature will be able to deliver on their promise.
By Michelle Singh, LMSW & Family & Community Services Coordinator
Guardianship…What is this?
Guardianship is the process of appointing someone to make important life decisions, such as those related to personal, medical and financial issues, for someone who does not have the ability to make those very decisions.
After the age of 18, all individuals become their own guardian. This means that they can make decisions based on the areas described above, personal, medical and financial. What happens if a parent or guardian has been making those decisions, or assisting with those decisions, prior to the age of 18 and there is reasonable belief that the individual with a disability is not able to make solid choices?
“Everyday Heroes, Everyday Dreams” began as a two-year grant sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in 2007. The grant ended, but Wildwood recognized the value in this initiative and supports it to continue. Ten years later, it is still going strong. Everyday Heroes has two main objectives. The first, to focus on individualized community integration for the people we support. Second, to build leadership by recognizing and celebrating Direct Support Professionals who display exemplary skill in their profession.