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Birch Family Services will host hiring event in Ridgewood this June


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Photo by Anthony Giudice

Job seekers who are interested in working in the care service industry are invited by state Senator Joseph Addabbo to attend a mass-hiring event in Ridgewood.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Assemblyman Mike Miller in partnership with Birch Family Services, will take place on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, located at 59-03 Summerfield St. in Ridgewood.

“When we have held previous Birch Family Services hiring events, a large percentage of the participants  were able to move on to satisfying new jobs in the health care field in our area,” Addabbo said.  “During this event, those who are interested in working for Birch will be considered for positions at the Ridgewood and Glendale sites caring for some of our community’s most vulnerable local residents.”

Birch Family Services provides a wide variety of health, education and social services for residents with autism and other disabilities, including preschool special education, special education for people ages 5 through 20, day habilitation, and support for families who are raising children with disabilities, among others.

“Working with disabled individuals and their families is an extremely important and meaningful career path,” Addabbo said. “I can think of few endeavors more rewarding than helping others reach their highest personal potential.”

Individuals interested in job opportunities at Birch must have, at minimum, a high school diploma or G.E.D., experience caring for elderly and/or disabled individuals, and a New York State driver’s license.

Those who are attending the hiring event should bring their resume, two forms of identification, including the required state driver’s license, and proof of their highest completed educational degree. While not required, applicants are encouraged to bring information about any professional certifications they may hold such as HHA, CAN, CPR, AMAP and others.

For more information about the Birch hiring event and other free community events sponsored by Addabbo throughout the year, please contact Frank Fazio in the senator’s Howard Beach district office at 718-738-1111.

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Lindenwood to get new assisted living home


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

A new assisted living home is coming to Lindenwood.

Community Board (CB) 10 gave the green light for Birch Family Services to move into a two-family home on 80th Street. The new facility will house up to six young adults with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Before CB 10 members gave their approval, they asked about services, security and staff.

There will be three patients to a floor, and at least two staffers on each level, according to Lester Kaufman, executive vice president of Birch Family Services.

Kaufman said anyone who applies to work at the home goes through a rigorous vetting process. He told the board that in addition to background checks, staffers go through a full training process.

He added that the home has an open-door policy that allows neighbors to voice any concerns they have, while clinical specialists and supervisors will be on hand at the facility.

Residents of the home will be among the community during the day for shopping and recreation, all of which Kaufman said will be supervised.
CB 10 Chairperson Betty Braton said there are currently 15 similar facilities in the area, and that there has never been a major problem.

“This board has numerous facilities of this nature within our board area,” she said. “All of our other facilities have not impacted negatively upon the community. These are people who would be living in our communities if they didn’t have the needs that require additional assistance.”

Kaufman said the community was doing a good service by allowing his firm to come in.

“It’s really something you can be proud of,” he said. “We’re all going to be proud to be a part of your community.”

 

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