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Successful support cooking at Bakertown, Shnois Chaim

Decmber 4, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

A state review of Hamaspik of Orange County’s still-newest residence, the Bakertown Shvesterheim, yielded yet another set of flawless results early this December after an official audit by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Hamaspik’s public-sector partner.

Keeping top support cooking at Bakertown is Hamaspik’s full upstate team.

That consists of DSP Ms. Friedman, secretary Ms. Weiss, HR Coordinator Mrs. Weissman, Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) Mrs. Weiss and MSC Supervisor Mrs. Zelik, agency nurse Mrs. Kaplan, RN, psychologist Alan Blau, PhD, Maintenance Manager Aaron Bernath, Program Director Shlomo Gelb, Training Coordinator Joel Grosz, and Director of Residential Services Joel Weiser.

The Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA), officially dubbed a “Step-down” residence for its step down in supervision, supports six very capable young women who call it home.  It is superlatively run by Manager Mrs. Appel.

At the same time, Hamaspik of Orange County’s Shnois Chaim senior day/dining program likewise scored top marks in an audit of its own.

That audit reviewed a popular program which caters (and quite literally) to dozens of venerated seniors of its Orange County target community with daily hot lunches and social activities.  The review found Shnois Chaim’s social day program model meeting and/or exceeding every mandatory item on a menu of requirements from the Orange County Dept. of Health (DOH).

Orange County’s Office for the Aging, under Director Anne Marie Maglione, has enjoyed a mutually supportive relationship with Shnois Chaim, and Director Mrs. Landau and devoted staff, since the Hamaspik senior program launched in late 2014.