Community Living Services
Caring homes in community settings enable individuals to achieve their highest potential
Community Programs of WJCS’s homes provide a supportive family atmosphere through 24-hour, hands-on care for people with disabilities. With the help of trained, quality staff, individuals are encouraged to realize their hopes, dreams and desires.
Individualized Residential Alternatives and Supportive Apartments
Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) are supervised or supportive living opportunities certified by New York State OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) and available for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. Currently, Community Programs of WJCS supervises 10 residences in White Plains, Mamaroneck, Eastchester, Sleepy Hollow, Mt. Vernon, Yonkers and Harrison with 6-8 people living in each home and a supportive apartment, with two persons, in White Plains. Each person receives person-centered services, specific to their needs and desires, to live as independently as possible. Opportunities are available to individuals age 21 or older.
Intermediate Care Facilities
Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) are 24-hour care facilities certified by New York State OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) and available for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. Currently, Community Programs of WJCS offers 4 residences in White Plains, New Rochelle, Larchmont and Harrison. Each person receives individualized personal care, habilitation, developmental and supportive health services specific to their needs and desires, to live as independently as possible. Opportunities are available to individuals age 21 or older.
Contact Janet Alpert, MA, director of residential services
914-761-0600 x128; [email protected]
POINT(Pursuing Our INdependence Together) was established in 2008 to assist adults with special needs in leading rich and full lives. POINT's support enables its participants to live, work and socialize independently.
POINT enhances skills such as:
- independent travel
- meal planning & preparation
- Interpersonal relationships
POINT staff organizes many activities including communal meals, sports tournaments and movie nights. A monthly calendar is designed with participants' input to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle and to support community involvement.
- Are employed or participate in a guided search for employment. Some take part in vocational training or internship programs.
- May continue their education at one of many local schools and colleges
- Maintain their own apartments
- Plan, shop for and prepare meals
- Take medication
POINT's location in White Plains, NY offers many benefits:
- Concentrated downtown area for living, work and leisure
- Buses and trains to many Westchester and New York City locations
- Easy access to restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, hospitals, offices, hotels, movies, bowling and fitness centers.
View a video on POINT.
The POINT program can work with an individual and the important people in their lives to plan and develop their preferred living arrangements. WJCS staff, through Community Habilitation, provides skills training and development so that the individual can live as independently as possible. Community habilitation is provided by trained WJCS staff in a person’s home and services may include, but are not limited t,o training in personal grooming, household chores, laundry, cooking, money management or shopping.
Contact Barbara Greene, MPH, director of POINT
914-761-0600 x175; [email protected]
Individualized Support Services
One time and ongoing funds can be available for individuals living alone, perhaps for the first time, and need additional resources to afford safe and decent housing. Funds can be used to purchase new or used items to set up a household or to pay toward the rent. To be a candidate for this service, you should:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Be considered eligible through OPWDD. Some qualifying disabilities which occur before age 22 are intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders and traumatic brain injury.
Contact Tresha McIntyre, director of community support services
914-761-0600 x105; [email protected]