Jawonio Receives Grants for Integrated Health, Wellness & Work Project and Training

The grants awarded by the New York Regional Economic Development Councils will afford us the opportunity to expand Jawonio’s main campus and continue to provide services to the region for years to come,” said Jill Warner, CEO, Jawonio, Inc. “The new campus will integrate medical, behavioral health, and wellness services in a centralized site, as well as provide job training and retention. We look forward to working with business, government and non-profit partners on this project. This is a vote of confidence for Jawonio’s planned expansion, and we thank Governor Cuomo and the Mid-Hudson Economic Development Council.”

Governor Cuomo, REDC Awards

Jill Warner, REDC Awards

Holiday Drive For Our Soldiers

Soldiers at Holidays

Jawonio has partnered with Dr. Fern, a pediatric dentist in New City, to help distribute care packages for our service men and women overseas this holiday season.

In her third year of this holiday drive for our soldiers, she is working with a family whose loved one has recently returned from Afghanistan, where his troop was a recipient of the packages.

We are collecting the following items at the Jawonio Foundation Office in the main building.

  • Pre-wrapped candy
  • Handwritten cards
  • Non-perishables
  • Phone cards
  • Toiletries

Every little bit will help! These thoughtful gifts from home make such a difference to the soldiers who cannot be with their families. Thank you, and Happy Holidays from Jawonio!

With questions, please contact:

Dana Ferraro
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Email: dana.ferraro@jawonio.org
Phone: (845) 708-2000 x1332

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Jawonio thanks Senator Carlucci for securing employment opportunity grant

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) visited the Jawonio Main Campus to announce $100,000 in critical funding he secured for job development, training and placement with the goal of full employment for 10 individuals with behavioral health challenges.

For decades, Jawonio has provided support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs throughout Rockland County.Since 2001, Jawonio has been providing services for adults in Westchester County and most recently has been developing an arm of their employment program in Orange County NY as well. Since, the mid 1990’s Jawonio has provided services for people with psychiatric diagnoses, and two years ago received approval from the NYS Office of Mental Health as one of two certified PROS(personalized recovery oriented) programs in Rockland County.

This grant will create 10 immediate jobs in the first year of implementation for individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis.  Some of the employment opportunities being expand will continue throughout the Hudson Valley, as well as in Jawonio Social Enterprises including: The Jawonio Cleaning Company, and Jawonio Document Imaging, in partnership with EBiz Docs(out of Albany, NY).

“Jawonio has been a cornerstone in our communities providing critical supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs,” said Carlucci. “This grant will give opportunities for individuals training and a path to independence through training and supports as well as meaningful employment.”

“We want to thank Senator Carlucci for providing this pilot project funding to ensure that we can create jobs, help people become successful, and provide a service and program that can be replicated throughout the state of New York,” said Jawonio CEO Jill Warner.

Dr. Joe Zweig, Program Director for the PROS Program, said, “This grant will allow us to expand the benefits of the our recovery based program immensely. Employment is a very important part of recovery. I want to thank Senator Carlucci for helping us create new opportunities.”


Remembering Sinead

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a brave, beautiful and true member of the Jawonio “family”, Sinead Murphy. Sinead and her family began their journey with Jawonio in 2003 as Sinead received a number of Early Intervention services including speech, feeding, special education and occupational therapy. At the age of 3, Sinead entered our Pre-School Program, which helped her meet therapeutic, educational and social needs. During her time spent in Pre-school, Sinead worked with several therapists who fell in love with her loving and outgoing character. In 2007, Sinead graduated from Jawonio and went on to continue her education under the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Orangetown, NY. Sinead will always be remembered as being an inspiration to all that met her. She was an amazing and brave little girl who touched so many lives here at Jawonio.

Sinead is cherished by her parents Stephen and Susan Murphy, sisters Fiona, Siobhan and Colleen, and grandparents Maurice and Helen Murphy. The family has very generously requested that donations made in Sinead’s memory be used for the Early Intervention programs at Jawonio. Although Sinead has now passed, her spirit will live on within the Jawonio community. Through donations to her memory, Jawonio will be able to continue to assist many more children. Rest in peace Sinead, a beautiful, amazing, brave young girl who will forever be remembered. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Sinead please visit http://jawonio.org/donate and we thank you.

Sinead Murphy

Remembering Sinead:

In Memory of Sinead Murphy an amazing and brave little girl who touched so many lives and is now an Angel in Heaven, Sinead you will be so dearly missed but never forgotten, sleep tight princess.

– Michelle McCormack

Sinéad Murphy and her family are among the most kind and loving individuals I have had the privilege of working with during my nursing career. Sinéad’s life personally brought me great joy even though I only knew her during some of her sickest days. The Murphy’s strength, vitality, and unity are an inspiration. Through donations to her memory, I hope that Jawonio is able to continue to assist many more children.

– Christine Higgins

Sinead Murphy was an inspiration to all that met her.

- Donna Fiedler

God’s newest Angel <3

– Marcelle & Mike Mase