Deck the Halls of CFS

Help decorate CFS Manhattan Office with crafts and pictures of how you are celebrating the holiday season! CFS Advocacy chapters will be meeting to decorate the halls on December 29th! Please drop off or email all submissions by December 28th to ensure they are...

This Holiday Season, We Are Persevering Together!

In the midst of the pandemic, our staff and the individuals we support have persevered and accomplished great things together. This holiday season, we hope you can join us in recognizing the strength and commitment of our dedicated staff and the life-changing work...

The Art Club: Art as Process

Since January of 2021, CFS Behaviorist Kathy Gvardijan has been leading bi-weekly art therapy groups at our Hackensack Day Program. There are usually about 10-12 participants who have dubbed themselves “The Art Club”. Everyone has input as to which projects they will...

CFS’s Poetry Club & Coffee Club: Battling Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in addition to Making Strides, the walks CFS is participating in, our Coffee Clutch workshop group is standing with breast cancer survivors. They selected the words and created the picture you can see above. And, at the...

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. The theme for 2021 is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, The Center for Family Support has strongly emphasized the importance of employment. “Keep It Moving”, an...

How Are You Celebrating the Fall?

We want to see how you celebrate the Fall!! Are you pumpkin carving? Going apple picking? Will you dress up for Halloween? We want to know! Submit all your Fall photos to InnovativeTeam@cfsny.org for a chance to be on our website! Deadline for photos – November...

Striking Power: CFS’s First Bowling League!

We are proud to present CFS STRIKING POWER. Striking Power is the first ever CFS bowling league! In Spring 2021, the CFS board of directors approved grant funding that enabled the Staten Island residences to pioneer a bowling league. This was a wonderful way to safely...

Development Director (Part-Time)

The Center for Family Support (CFS) mission is to provide support and assistance to individuals with developmental and related disabilities. We are the first agency in New York to achieve the Council on Quality and Leadership Certification (CQL).  By achieving this...

In memoriam: William “Bill” Ciliento

On July 24, 2021, we lost someone very special at The Center for Family Support: William “Bill” Ciliento, whom we were proud to provide with community habilitation services in Long Island. Bill leaves an indelible impact on all of us, especially his main...

Laughing Meditation

Laughing has a lot of benefits. Tamiko Hill, DSP who facilitates “Laughing Meditation”, was inspired by the science of simply laughing. Laughter is known to increase both mental and physical health. Laughter releases endorphins in your brain which puts you in a better...

Why Juneteenth Matters

Here at CFS, we are proud to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Our CEO, Steven Vernikoff noted the importance of this day, and our book club has put together a presentation so we can all learn how to celebrate, why to celebrate, and how to help with such an...

Artists At Work

New Jersey’s Artists at Work The folks in Hackensack Day Program have been busy getting creative this summer. From painting bird houses to collages and mixed media, art abounds! The following artists have been attending weekly art therapy sessions as well as coming in...

CFS Notes Juneteenth as a Landmark New National Holiday

  This June, President Biden signed a new law which established June 19 as the Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This is a landmark new national holiday, and will be observed on Friday, June 18 by federal...

First Face-to-Face Wellness Walk

On Friday, June 11th, after more than a year, we had our first face-to-face meeting with some of the individuals we work with! After all these months of being mostly indoors, it was great to meet up, and take a real-life, real-world stroll! This meeting kicked off our...
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