Developmental Disabilities Services

People with disabilities need affection and companionship just like everyone else — they also need a little extra help.

The support that individuals with developmental disabilities require isn’t always available in the homes they are born into. At times, even the most devoted parents aren’t able to provide sufficient care, especially when they reach old age. In such cases, parents must turn to outside organizations for help. For the 69 individuals in the seven Salvation Army houses for adults with developmental disabilities in the Greater New York Division, The Salvation Army is a surrogate family. Funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, each house is supervised by professionals 24 hours a day. In addition to helping with day-to-day tasks, staff members also meet individually with residents, coaching them to further self-sufficiency, arranging special excursions like vacations to upstate New York and making sure each resident receives the love they deserve.

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