Group of DDI staff

Boileroom Equipment Sales Funds New Initiative in DDI's Children's Day Program

Hosted at Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington, all sponsorship funds raised were donated to DDI’s Children's Day Program (CDP). Frank Mina, general manager and his wife Kathy have a son who attends DDI; they were thrilled by the generosity of the golfers and their friends.

Rick Constantino, owner of Boileroom Equipment Sales said, “We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our event and proud to support a program that is dedicated to helping children with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their full potential.”

Kathy Mina presented DDI with a check in the amount of $19,200, which purchase the Practical Assessment and Exploration System (PAES), an innovative career skills curriculum.  Mary Hoffman, director of the Children's Day Program, commented, "The introduction of the PAES Lab has been made possible by the support from Bolieroom.  It is essential for our students to develop job and career skills, which contribute to long-term success."
 
The PAES Lab is a research-based functional skills curriculum and assessment system.   It transforms a classroom into a simulated work environment where individuals will learn work-related problem-solving skills, proper work behavior, knowledge of job skills and more for future employment. PAES provides a comprehensive assessment of functional skill levels, career interests, aptitude for community-based opportunities, work behavior strengths and needs while using authentic and performance-based activities.    
 
Boileroom check presentationFeatured left to right: Jill Varlack, Clinical Coordinator; Kathy Mina, Parent;
Mary Hoffman, Program Director; John Lessard, Executive Director
 
Thank you to Boileroom for their generous support. 
 
To find out more about how you can support the innovative and exciting services at DDI, please contact:
 
Jean Smith, Director of Development
jean.smith@ddiny.org  |  (631) 366-5812