OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s East 26th Street Residence Celebrates 20th Anniversary
OHEL marked yet another milestone of one of its many residences for individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The East 26th residence has been a loving home to 11 adult men for 20 years and this notable anniversary was celebrated by residents, family members, staff and local community members.
The residents served as delightful and engaging hosts, and warmly greeted their guests into their immaculate home and welcomed all to a delicious buffet dinner. Many of the residents served the food to guests as well, which included Chinese food, sushi platters and delicious fruits and chocolate cake.
While everyone enjoyed the dinner, the night was really about thanking and honoring those who make life at East 26th possible. Staff from OHEL highlighted the many achievements of individual residents, while paying tribute to the dedicated, loving and expansive support team that ensure the East 26th staff is a place called home.
Many residents themselves took turns to speak about their experience living at East 26th and how much living there means to them. They highlighted their gratitude to the staff for all their hard work and their friends for everything they do to help each other. Most importantly, many thanked their families for their continued love and support.
One of the residentâ€™s fatherâ€™s remarked â€śhow well taken care ofâ€ť his son is because of â€śthe patience, perseverance and love your staff have continually given to the residents,â€ť emphasizing how much his son enjoys the numerous activities and trips of East 26th, including marching in the Israel Day Parade, going to New York Mets games and the zoo.
It seems like after twenty incredible years, this is just the start of more amazing times yet to come.Â
Since 1969, OHEL has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages surmount disability, everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises. OHEL serves thousands in need every day in communities in New York, New Jersey, California and worldwide.
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