Human Services

A Very Special Place, Inc.

  • Staten Island, NY
  • www.avspny.org

Mission Statement

A Very Special Place, Inc., founded in 1974, provides a comprehensive network of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Programs and services offered include various day programs, evening and weekend recreation programs, residential services, respite services, in-home habilitation services, and various support services for individuals and their families. With the guidance and support offered at AVSP, people of all ages find opportunities to achieve independence and self-fulfillment and are thus empowered to lead fuller lives.

Main Programs

  1. Adult Day Services
  2. Outreach Services
  3. Recreational & Respite Services
  4. Residential Alternatives
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

AVSP serves more than 1,000 individuals of the Staten Island, Brooklyn, & Manhattan NY community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Those that utilize our services must be residents of New York City, are of all ages (from early childhood to senior citizen) and reflect the socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious diversity found throughout Staten Island's three community boards.

ruling year

1980

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Genevieve Benoit

Keywords

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Developmental Disabilities, Employment Training, Group Homes, Day Habilitation

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Also Known As

AVSP

EIN

13-3005006

 Number

8500988992

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Adult Day Services

A vast array of offerings are available to consumers aged eighteen and over depending upon the needs of the individual and what they wish to achieve. Active community involvement and independence are promoted within the context of varied activities offered in these programs.  Day programs offer life-skill training, vocational training, and a program for seniors that promotes the development of leisure skills.

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Outreach Services

Outreach services are generally provided outside the setting of our program sites. These services “without barriers” assist families by giving them access to a wider breadth of alternatives, services, goals and even environmental aids. 

 

Service Coordination helps individuals and their families to identify needs, develop self-advocacy skills and obtain services and benefits. Routine consultations with consumers and families are conducted by qualified service coordinators to ensure a consumer’s individual choice is promoted and satisfaction is maintained.

 Residential Habilitation aids children and adults in improving their daily living skills, maintaining abilities, and carrying over skills learned in school or program during one-on-one sessions in the family’s home.

 

Family Reimbursement provides financial support to individuals and their families for approved products and services.

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Recreational & Respite Services

Evening and weekend recreational services provided through the Community Center assist people to enhance their leisure and social skills in a secure environment outside the home, as well as in the community at large. Peer interaction is encouraged, as are personal growth and self-improvement through course modules that are selected by the participants.

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Residential Alternatives

Our residential settings are homes that offer individually tailored environments for people aged 18 and over. The personal and social development of each resident is encouraged to help facilitate self-reliance and independence. A full range of services is available. Supervision levels and personalized staff assistance are based on the unique needs of each individual.

 

• Supportive Living arrangements provide residential settings for adults who can live and work independently with minimal guidance and supervision. 

 
• Supervised Living settings provide a structured environment of 24-hour supervision, and can vary based on the needs of the residents.

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

AVSP serves more than 1,000 individuals of the Staten Island, Brooklyn, & Manhattan NY community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Those that utilize our services must be residents of New York City, are of all ages (from early childhood to senior citizen) and reflect the socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious diversity found throughout Staten Island's three community boards.

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A VERY SPECIAL PLACE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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A Very Special Place, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Genevieve Benoit

BIO

Genevieve R. Benoit, one of three founders of the organization, currently serves as the Executive Director. A graduate of Brooklyn College, she has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Ms. Benoit envisions a society in which people with developmental disabilities are thoroughly and seamlessly integrated into the fabric of their communities. She has worked toward achieving this goal since starting her career in this field in 1969.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Daniel R Wheeler

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