Last issue we reported on the ongoing strategic planning process. We are happy to report that the 2019-20 Strategic Plan has been completed and approved by the Wildwood Programs Board.

    For more than a year, Wildwood staff, the people we support, families, volunteers and other stakeholders, began work on the organization’s next strategic plan. A strategic plan is a written guide of the direction that the organization intends to take in the next few years. It involves examining the current environment for threats and opportunities before developing a plan to address the future.

By Michelle Singh, LMSW


    Wildwood Programs and The Rudy A. Ciccotti Center (also commonly known as the Ciccotti Center) have developed a new partnership to benefit Wildwood employees and the individuals supported by Wildwood.

    The partnership was initiated from a training provided by Michelle Brown, Coordinator of Integration and Advocacy, to 20 employees of the Ciccotti Center about how to best support individuals with disabilities as they utilize the services at the center. Scott Bergen, director of the center, has a long history with Wildwood from his own father’s experiences working in one of the residences. He realized that it was not only very possible to integrate folks with different needs within the community, but also could be accomplished more seamlessly.

By Michelle A. Brown

The 4th Annual Collaborative Art Showcase was held on May 2, 2019.  This wonderful partnership between Wildwood and the Albany Barn was very successful. We had a fantastic turnout.  Artists, staff, family and community members came to view the displays.  People enjoyed the opportunity to chat with the artists and learn why and how they designed their piece.  By exploring a person’s art, we can discover what is important to them.

By Heather Giorgianni


     It is a common joke around the office that I am the “Oprah” of Wildwood.  Although I don’t go around shouting things like “You get a car!” I do, however, get to give out money to families.  I coordinate the Family Reimbursement Grant Program which is funded by OPWDD.  The grant reimburses families for purchases they make that cannot be funded by any other programs.  Wildwood receives $110,000 a year to award to families.  It may sound like a small amount of money, but in 2018 we awarded funds to over 300 individuals!  I frequently get asked how it all works.  So here are the basics: Parents or caregivers of an individual who lives with them, that is eligible for OPWDD services, are able to apply for reimbursement.  Wildwood accepts applications from families in the following nine counties:  Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.


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