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By Michelle Singh, Coordinator of Family Support Services

           

Everyone is tired of talking about, thinking about and living through COVID-19. I know. We are also well aware of the “thank you” messaging being publicly generated to frontline workers, medical providers, first responders and of course, people who work directly with individuals with disabilities, including school employees, direct support professionals and clinical staff. Then there are those who also lie at the heart of the organization – our families.

Many families who support a loved one with a disability have had little to no breaks in their roles of being the caregivers and providers. With regular services such as community habilitation and respite being interrupted for a variety of reasons due to the pandemic, families have often been left to manage life at home on their own. 

Over the past year, Wildwood has continued to hire new employees that work hard and embody our organization’s values. As the pandemic has made it difficult to get to know one another “face to face,” we’d like to introduce a few of the new staff members that help make Wildwood all that it is. They are Mark W. Normandin, Quill Murphy and Heather Giorgianni. Find out more about these new hires, their backgrounds and their roles in Wildwood by clicking the read more button.

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Wildwood Offering FREE Income Tax Preparation

 

Free income tax preparation will be available this tax season through Wildwood’s Adult Education Department. The income limit is $57,000, individual or couple. All tax preparation services will be virtual. IRS-certified volunteer preparers will do federal and state tax returns and then complete a quality review for each return. Returns are filed electronically. Drop-off appointments will be scheduled on Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please email Melinda Burns at mburns@wildwoodprograms.org


Family Support Services Announces Spring and Summer 2021 Workshops

The Family Support Services (FSS) Department has announced their workshops for Spring and Summer 2021. The workshops are designed for families and professionals, and anyone affiliated with Wildwood is welcome to attend. All FSS workshops will take place virtually, via Google Meet, and cover a wide range of subjects including planning for the future and social relationships and sexuality education.

Find a full list of workshops that are being offered and information on how to register on our website at: https://www.wildwoodprograms.org/index.php/news/348-family-support-s-spring-and-summer-workshop-lineup


 

Please see below (click on "Read More") for all available workshops and events this spring, including:
Workshops for Families and Professionals
The "Planning for the Future" Series of Workshops, 
and
Social Relationships and Sexuality Education

All workshops will take place via Google Meet. If you are interested, please register. 

To Register: 
Please contact Lynn LaFave at 518-640-3370 or fss@wildwoodprograms.org. 
Within your email or phone call please share the following: 

  1. Your preferred email
  2. Your preferred phone number
  3. The title of the workshop(s) you will be attending
  4. Your interest in the training (professional/agency affiliation or family member)
  5. The age of your child (if applicable)
  6. If you are FSS eligible (if a family member, does your child/loved one live with you, and are they OPWDD eligible?) - this is not required to attend the training, but we do use the information for grant purposes
  7. The number of people that will be attending

To attend, you must visit the Google Meet link/address at the designated time of the training. Or, call the number shared with you upon registration. 
Questions? Please contact Michelle Singh at 518-640-3350 or msingh@wildwoodprograms.org

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