AHRC New York City


Bronx Borough President Visits SHREDability

On Monday, April 14, 2014, SHREDability, (an AHRC New York City-run business,) hosted a visit from Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., who met with the workers, toured the facility, and learned more about the company.  SHREDability is a sustainable, social enterprise providing secure document destruction to the Bronx and other boroughs in New York City.  The business currently provides shredding to over 300 private businesses in the New York City area, 66 of which are located in the Bronx.

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The tour was led by Steve Towler, Assistant Executive Director, AHRC New York City.  Steve introduced the Borough President to the SHREDability workers, who explained how the machinery works and demonstrated the shredding process. As a part of the tour, Borough President Diaz was invited to participate in one of the most common activities conducted in the plant; the weighing of the shredding bins that have been collected from the offices of SHREDability’s clients.

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As a socially conscious, plant-based recycling company, SHREDability employs 18 people with disabilities and has continued to grow since its founding in 2011.  The business is an extension of AHRC New York City’s Employment and Business Services, which is committed to helping people with disabilities to lead rich lives by providing them with employment opportunities.

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The visit was covered by a reporter from Bronx News 12, who interviewed Ruben Diaz Jr. during his visit. He described his dedication to supporting businesses in the Bronx during his first term in office.  “This is an amazing business model…” said Mr. Diaz.  “I can’t stress moreIf you’re a Bronx business, whether you’re a hospital like Montefiore, St Barnabas, or the VA, [Veterans Administration] and you need your secure documentation destroyed in a way that provides jobs to Bronxites, Shredability are the people to call.”

As a parting gift, the Borough President was provided with a shredding bin, for use by his staff in Bronx Borough Hall.  SHREDability thanks the Borough President for taking the time to meet each of the workers, and to share his thoughts about SHREDability’s mission, and for his support of Bronx-based businesses and the work forces that drive them.

To view a video from the tour, visit SHREDabilitiy’s facebook page.

OPEN HOUSE Hosted By AHRC Middle High School


We welcome parents and professionals to join us on Thursday, April 30, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM for an AHRC Middle High School‘s OPEN HOUSE.  Join us to learn more about our school and the services we provide to students with disabilities, ages 12 to 21.

Please RSVP by calling Principal, Andrew Winfrey at (718) 259-4265, or by email at andrew.winfrey@ahrcnyc.org.

Film Announcement




Opening in New York City

Friday, May 23


Cinema Village

22 E. 12th Street,

New York, NY 10003

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Sam Fleischner‘s gripping, award-winning drama tells the story of a boy with Asperger syndrome who gets lost in the New York City subway system. When 13 year-old undocumented immigrant, Ricky wanders away from his family in their oceanside neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, he stumbles into the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York’s underground. His mother’s frantic efforts to find him are complicated by her lack of legal resources as an illegal immigrant – and further complicated when Hurricane Sandy threatens the city. Filmed in part during 2012′s devastating storm, STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS is a film that reawakens the viewer to the beauty, strangeness and magic of New York City in its intimate look at a few of its lost residents. (100 minutes).


Completely, exhilaratingly alive…as intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time.”

Stephen HoldenNew York Times

The movie brilliantly inhabits its young protagonist’s mind, conveying the precise means by which New York’s urban details come alive for him.”

Eric KohnIndiewire

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AHRC New York City Rises to Challenge Following Explosion in East Harlem

The following story was written by Paul Quirini, Outreach and Communications Specialist, NYSID Preferred Source Solutions.  We thank Paul and NYSID for allowing us to sharing this story with you, and for the recognition they have bestowed upon the custodial workers of AHRC New York City.

Custodial workers from AHRC New York City provided valuable services in the days after a gas explosion leveled two five-story apartment buildings and left eight people dead on Park Avenue near 116th Street in New York City. Officials believe a leaking gas main under two East Harlem buildings led to the blast.

On March 14, 2014 NYSID Preferred Source Solutions was asked by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to organize a small janitorial crew to provide cleaning services in a city-run temporary housing site for individuals displaced by the pipeline explosion.

This was a Resident Service Center set up by the NYC Office of Emergency Management to process residents, business owners or anyone else affected by the gas explosion and provide them with whatever basic needs they required,” said Jim Ring, NYSID’s New York City sales representative.

Ring contacted AHRC New York City, which immediately stepped up to provide custodial services at the center, located at La Marqueta, 1580 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The Center offered dining, recreation and restrooms for victims of the gas explosion. “We were asked and provided at a moment’s notice a cleaning crew to start on March 15th,” Ring said.

AHRC NYC initially provided two custodians and a supervisor, from 7 am to 7 pm, for two to four days, however; their services were in such demand that their work was extended until March 23rd, when the Office of Emergency Management closed the service center.

It was a great experience helping people from New York City in a time like this,” said Juan GuzmanRegional Manager for AHRC New York City.  “I visited the center myself, and all I received from the staff was compliments about our guys.”

Every day, staff from the Red Cross, OEM, New York City Police Department and Con Ed thanked the AHRC NYC workers personally for a job well done.

They felt so happy to be there, to be part of the staff and help people in need,” Guzman said. “I also received a call from Craig Bonney, OEM’s Director of Support Services, thanking us for the great service and professionalism we delivered on such short notice.”

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World Autism Awareness Day kicks off Autism Awareness Month

Check of this post about World Autism Day and Autism Awarensss Month from the  Autism Speaks website.