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Jawonio Expands New City, New York, Operations

Jawonio, the largest provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions, constructed corporate offices, a summer education facility and a new Workforce Training Center in New City, New York. The project is expected to create 230 jobs in Rockland County.

The investment involved the redevelopment of the organization's 16-acre campus, consisting of demolition and construction of its new summer education cabins, building a new corporate headquarters to consolidate IT functions from multiple sites and expanding its provider services. .

"Jawonio has been a staple in our community for 75 years. Since 1947, beginning with six families seeking treatment and supports for their children with disabilities. This new building and campus is a testament to their advocacy and insistence that children with disabilities can live their lives as independently with supports as possible. And today, we have not wavered from our mission to support individuals with disabilities, mental health challenges and chronic medical needs to help them reach their highest potential. This celebration today also recognizes our talented and dedicated professional staff. They bring their passion, compassion and expertise every day to make lives better for the people they support and their families.As we welcome our families, friends, capital campaign donors, elected officials, and our NYS partners to our beautiful new 70,000 sq. foot building for our community celebration, we are excited to find new and innovative ways to deliver our outstanding services. We thank Empire State Development for providing the first funding for our campus redevelopment. The ESD $3.3 million dollar grant launched this project which allows for us to grow and expand our services while at the same time, creating more opportunities for generations to come," said Jawonio Executive Director and CEO Randi Rios-Castro..

New York State supported the expansion with more than $3.3 million in Empire State Development capital grants, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council..

"For decades, Jawonio has provided important services in the Mid-Hudson region that have created pathways to success for individuals who are now able to fully participate in the job market," Governor Kathy Hochul added. "This new campus expands on that success and will provide a streamlined continuum of services and training from childhood to adulthood that will not only prepare qualified workers for jobs in the region, but it will also give them the ability to overcome barriers and thrive.".

The new headquarters include a service delivery facility, allowing service recipients and their families to easily access the services they require under one roof. The facility is designed to accommodate the company's professional workforce, which provides assessment, evaluation, training, treatment and wellness activities to assist special needs individuals in obtaining gainful employment in the community and fully live up to their potential..

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