Resolution J1291-2013

Commending Independence Residences, Inc. upon the occasion of hosting its 25th Anniversary Spring Gala



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Independence Residences, Inc. upon the
occasion of hosting its 25th Anniversary Spring Gala

WHEREAS,  It  is  incumbent  upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have  made  signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Independence  Residences,  Inc.  upon  the  occasion of hosting its 25th
Anniversary Spring Gala on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Glen Island Harbour
Club in New Rochelle, New York; and
  WHEREAS, For more than 25 years, Independence Residences,  Inc.  (IRI)
has  been making a difference to people with developmental disabilities,
visual or other impairments and their families; and
  WHEREAS, Twenty-five years ago, no existing agency  supporting  people
with disabilities came forward to support people with intellectual disa-
bilities  who  also had visual impairments; IRI was created to fill that
void; and
  WHEREAS, Today, after 25 years, IRI meets these needs as well as those
of people with developmental  disabilities  who  have  other  challenges
including autism, mood disorders as well as those with multiple disabil-
ities; and
  WHEREAS,  From its early beginnings, IRI was designed to create oppor-
tunities where none existed, including opportunities for adults that are
disabled in order to live more rewarding lives as integrated members  of
society;  these  opportunities  are  created in homes designed for their
special needs with an extensive circle of support to give them access to
work, volunteer, opportunities to learn, grow  and  dream  within  their
communities; and
  WHEREAS,  IRI  now  offers an array of supports to over 1,500 children
and adults with developmental disabilities and their families throughout
Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Long Island; it continues the
determination and commitment of the founders and parents who desired  to
have a safe educative environment for their children; and
  WHEREAS,  Known as one of the most well respected and productive agen-
cies in New York State, IRI had the honor this year of being chosen as a
COMPASS agency of OPWDD; additional residences, day and  family  support
programs  are  scheduled  to  open  in the near future to meet society's
growing needs; and
  WHEREAS, Today IRI has varied residential opportunities some of  which
are staffed 24 hours a day; day opportunities include supportive employ-
ment,  work  at the Independence Cafe and both day habilitation programs
that are site based and on-site based; in addition,  it  offers  a  wide
range of family support services; and
  WHEREAS,  A  true  asset to society, IRI's distinguished record merits
the recognition and respectful tribute of this  Legislative  Body;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Independence Residences, Inc. upon the occasion of  hosting  its
25th Anniversary Spring Gala; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Independence Residences, Inc.


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