AHRC New York City


Nothing But NETS

AHRC New York City’s Employment and Business Services

Host Brooklyn Nets Event

On October 20, AHRC NYC’s Employment and Business Services invited people supported through our organization’s programs, to see the Brooklyn Nets in action against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclays Center. Over 30 workers receiving services through AHRC NYC are employed at Barclays throughout the year.


The EBS team set up a promotional stand filled with goodies and brochures for the public to raise awareness about our great programs. “[The] game at the Barclays Center was a huge success for us,” Ashley Agudelo, Corporate Account Executive, said. “We had over 50 individuals from AHRC in attendance who were able to enjoy seeing the Brooklyn Nets win a great game! Our favorite part was being able to tell the fans visiting our table that they can see the individuals from EBS in action, working tonight’s event, whether they were taking tickets and showing people their seats, working the food stand, or assisting with great Brooklyn-made condiments!”

Santa Cares invites children with Disabilities to Meet Santa at The Plaza Hotel


Children with special needs and their families

are invited to attend a private photo session

where extra care is taken to support

the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children.

Sunday Dec. 7, 2014
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Plaza Food Hall
(Inside The Plaza Hotel)
One W. 58th St (Btwn 5th & 6th)
New York, NY


Please RSVP by Dec. 5 at www.santacares.com. Walk-ins welcome!
Mention “SANTACARES” and receive four complimentary Christmas Photo Cards with your Santa’s Favorite Photo Package purchase. Valid Sunday, Dec. 7 only.

Medicaid Managed Care Reform Consumer Education Forum

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Mental Hygiene
Office of Consumer Affairs

Medicaid Managed Care Reform
Consumer Education Forum

Mental health and substance use services will soon be coordinated by local managed care plans…and will be working more closely with medical services. How will that affect you? What choices will you have?

This interactive forum will provide important updates on New York City’s transition to managed behavioral healthcare and how this will impact the services you receive.


Monday, December 8, 2014
1 pm to 4 pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


2, 3, 4, or 5 to Borough Hall or A, C, F to Jay St.-Borough Hall
Registration is required:

CALL 347 396-7998 or

EMAIL dohmhregistration@health.nyc.gov , and type “Medicaid Managed Care” in the subject line.

Planning Committee: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY), New York State Office of Mental Health, the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York (MCTAC)

Photographer Captures Queens in Color

Steven Hoelderich, a lifelong photographer receiving services at AHRC New York City’s Joseph T. Weingold Adult Day Center, is currently exhibiting his work, entitled Cultural Canopies at the Courier/Mittman Gallery at the Queens Courier Newspaper, headquartered in Bayside. This exhibit was inspired by Steven’s photo book entitled Cultural Canopies of Queens.


Steven, who hails from Astoria and attends Weingold in nearby Woodside, took a unique look at the neighborhood stores, traveled to local communities and took pictures of places where the residents go there to get milk, gather, pray– places that are not just areas of convenience, but places where cultures come together. Stories of neighborhoods are conveyed through this photo exhibit. The opening took place on October 9 from 5-7 p.m.and was a smash success, with friends and family coming to support him.

Steven’s comment on the event was simple but filled with pride. “I was the star of the show!” Artists from Wendy M. Siegel Adult Day Center (aka Bushwick) also exhibited their work as well, and a great time was had by all. A special thanks to Vida Sabbaghi, Art Consultant, for all of her incredible efforts in supporting Steven to make his dream of a professional exhibition come true.


Steven also exhibited four canvas prints at the 65th NYSARC Annual Convention in Albany. He was accompanied by his mother Dorothy and his sister Lisa. We learned here that it’s a family tradition to make films and capture photographs, beginning with Steven’s grandfather. Steven had a great time and ushered the visitors to his exhibit very eloquently and with pride. He made connections with a few people representing various projects and he will now exhibit his work at John Jay College in February as a part of a community photo exhibit and at 256 Gallery in Westchester. Steven was also invited to a few other places upstate to talk about his love for photography.

Steven’s photos are back to being featured at the Queens Courier. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for another month. No appointment is necessary. Thank you everyone in supporting Steven’s dreams!

Katz and the Cradle

Talented Knitter Creates Beautiful Blankets

Nora Katz practices her patience and love for crocheting by creating beautifully stitched blankets. As person who receives services from AHRC New York City’s Styler Center, Nora personally creates colorful baby blankets using either a triple crochet or shell stitches. She learned how to crochet on her own, but with the assistance of Gail Rivera, Community Support Supervisor, Nora is able to complete intricate, detailed stitches for her blankets.


Since 2007, Nora has completed well over 15 baby blankets and has donated them to Baby Buggy, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and any place where there is a need for these crib companions. “I enjoy helping people, especially children,” Nora says “I want to work with or volunteer with kids.” She likes knowing that the dedication and time she puts into each blanket is going to a child.

On Mondays, Nora visits AHRC NYC’s Howie Stone Adult Day Center to take part in a weaving class and has had some of her scarves displayed at the center. She enjoys using bright hues such as yellow and pink and multicolored yarn for her baby blankets. “I take my time to complete each blanket,” Nora says “I don’t rush.”  She sometimes helps her fellow peers at Styler by teaching them how to crochet and make scarves. One of her current projects she is working on is a yellow blanket and blue stitched blanket for herself. Nora is extremely dedicated to her passion of crocheting and willingly accepts donations of yarn or crochet material in order to continue her work.