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Life's WORC

Location: Garden City, NY US
Website: http://www.lifesworc.org


Life's WORC is a private, 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit agency that provides comprehensive support for individuals with developmental disabilities including mental retardation and autism. Life's WORC is committed to providing all supports necessary to facilitate the full integration of these individuals into the communities in which they live. The agency operates under the auspices of the New York State of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). Life's WORC was co-founded in 1971 by Vicki Schneps whose daughter resided in the Willowbrook State Institution. Through the efforts of a dedicated and aggressive young journalist, the horror of Willowbrook was brought before the public eye. Haunting images of abuse and neglect awakened an unknowing public as it was glued to nightly news reports about Willowbrook. The aggressive reporter who opened the doors of Willowbrook in a comprehensive expose was Geraldo Rivera. Today, over 35 years since Life's WORC was formed, the agency maintains 35 homes and 15 non-residential community based services throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Life's WORC is also committed to providing quality care in an efficient manner. In fact, as cited n the agency's most recent audited financial report, 90 cents of every dollar received by Life's WORC (government and private) is spent directly on the people supported by Life's WORC. The 10% administrative overhead is very low as compared to other not-for-profit agencies. An integral philosophy of Life's WORC that threads through each home and program emanates from the agency's core values. These values were developed as empowering tools for staff to enrich the lives of the people supported by Life's WORC. The values are intended to afford staff a rewarding work experience. Our mission is to provide services that facilitate an independent and productive life experience for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental retardation and autism.