HBO Documentary: Miss You Can Do It

Jawonio Miss You Can Do It
Miss You Can Do It
is a non-profit pageant for girls and young women with special needs and challenges between the ages of 4-25. Founded by Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa 2008 and the first disabled woman to compete in the national Miss USA pageant in 2004, to show these girls and young women that they could accomplish great things as long as they tried.

The HBO documentary highlights the extraordinary work Curran is doing with the pageant she founded. Curran and a team of enthusiastic volunteers give participants a chance to be celebrated for all they are inside, not just defined by what the world sees on the outside.

The Miss You Can Do It experience begins with a brief interview with local and celebrity judges, followed by a pizza party and special appearances from Snow White and Cinderella. Later that day the contestants get to strut their stuff across the stage in casual wear, evening wear and finally they get to answer an onstage question.

The entire weekend is designed to have fun, to build confidence & self-esteem and an “I Can Do It” attitude. By the end of the weekend the girls leave the pageant feeling great about themselves, and their families are beaming with joy! It is a heartwarming and exciting occasion for the entire family and friends to be able to celebrate their loved ones.

For more information about the 2015 “Miss You Can Do It” Pageant click here.

Gardening Day of Caring at Altman House

Day of Care
Jawonio has been awarded a $1,393.00 grant by the Rockland Alliance for Health for a sustainable, adaptable garden project.

The funds will cover expenses of the purchase of wood, construction materials, soil and planting supplies for raised garden beds at Altman Court residence. The garden will consist of a variety of herbs and vegetables to be used by our consumers.

Annie Christian Reuter, Outreach Coordinator and Horticultural Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, and a few master gardeners participated in a “Day of Caring” yesterday, June 30, to help set up the garden.

Volunteers from the Orangetown Jewish Center also participated and helped set up the garden, and will continue to help maintain the garden as well.

This project is part of an ongoing effort to promote health and wellness throughout the Jawonio community. We thank the Rockland Alliance for Health for the grant and hope to do more projects like this in the future.

Jawonio Thrift Shop

Jawonio Shop
Below you will find general information and questions about the Jawonio Thrift Shop located in Yonkers, NY. For more information about the thrift shop please contact Esther White at 914-963-8666 ext. 311


The opening of the Jawonio Thrift Shop offers an opportunity for people with disabilities to develop job readiness skills in a retail environment while providing much needed clothing, shoes, handbags and house ware/giftware at very affordable prices to the Yonkers community.


The thrift shop provides social interaction with the community. Working in a business environment provides them with an opportunity to develop their customer service skills along with the following:

  • Merchandising
  • Stocking
  • Hanging Clothes
  • Pricing and tagging clothes
  • Greeting Customers
  • Bagging
  • Selling


Tuesday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


303 N. Main St. Yonkers, NY 10701


Donations to the thrift have slowed down. The shop looks full, but it needs to be maintained with new merchandise all the time. We have several regulars that will buy product when there is something new.

Cameron Martel Receives Eagle Scout Award

Jerry Staller
On Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 AM, Troop 21 of Suffern, NY, held a ceremony to honor Cameron Martel on his Eagle Scout award. The Eagle Scout award is the highest award you can receive in Boy Scouts. We have been following Cameron for over two years as he planned and executed his Eagle Service Project to benefit Jawonio.

Cameron wrote in the program of the ceremony: “I chose to provide an Eagle Service Project to benefit the children’s services of Jawonio (an outstanding provider of support and services for people of all ages with developmental disabilities, mental illness and chronic health needs) because the speech and hearing services I received from their dedicated professionals in my elementary years made an incredible difference in my life.”

Jerry Staller was there to congratulate him and present to him a certificate of appreciation for the hard work and dedication he portrayed as he designed and builit a sandbox and sand table for the children of the Summer Education program. This play area will stand as a symbol of both Cameron’s hard work and desire to give back for years to come.

From Jawonio to Broadway

Timothy Yang
Timothy Yang, a Jawonio Preschool graduate, is now on Broadway in The King and I that won a Tony for Best Revival.

“Timothy went to Jawonio Preschool for 2 years and during those 2 years, Bonnie and the rest of the teachers at Jawonio helped Timothy preserve and develop his creativity and innovation. The programs at Jawonio definitely helped Timothy with ample preparation and smooth transition into his current Elementary school. The developmental skills and self discipline he learned at Jawonio definitely contributed Timothy’s landing a role at The King and I on Broadway,” said his father, Bruce Yang.

Timothy and some of his K&I casts had the joy and honor to to perform and sing on the stage of Tony Award in the Radio City Music Hall last Sunday, June 7, broadcast via CBS. Bonnie may still be able to recognize him. In the first clip, he was the small kid sitting next to a big kid on the center left of the screen at the beginning.

Then at the end, the nominated shows’ performing casts all came out and sang In Memoriam with Josh Graban. You can see Timothy line up with the rest of the Broadway singers on the lower left of the screen behind the piano.

It was such a great honor for Timothy to be performing and singing on the stage of Tony Award.

This following clip has more clearer feature of Timothy when Anna and the Royal Children went on Live with Kelly and Michael a few weeks ago. Timothy was the third child sitting on the floor from the right of the screen. And Ana, played by Kelly Ohara, shook Timothy’s hand before the kids got up to run and sing around her.