Brian Kvitelman speaks with palpable enthusiasm about his work at Kings Highway Day Center. He has become an indispensable part of the program as a Maintenance Worker and looks forward to coming to the program daily.

I’m glad I’m here because if it wasn’t for this job I’d be home all day, 24 hours a day,” Brian said.

In his spare time, Brian volunteers with his local New York City Council Member Chaim M. Deutsch. Brian met Mr. Deutsch through a connection developed by his father and his Medicaid Service Coordinator. “I’ve been working with [Mr. Deutsch] for four or five years,” Brian said. “I’ve done a few things like cleaning up areas around his office on Avenue U. I’ve also gone out to events with him.

In fostering this relationship, Brian wanted to do something special for his colleagues and supervisors at KHDC. So on Friday, August 25th, Brian and Jack Plushnick, Legislative Associate for Mr. Deutsch, presented City Council Citations to four people at the Day Center: Verna Hutchinson, Facility Director; Riesa J. Thompson, Community Support Supervisor; Maria Ghenzeli, Community Support Supervisor; and Zee Gonzalez, Operations and Administration Assistant.

They have been helping me a lot,” Brian said of his colleagues. “They’re so nice and so kind. I’ve been going out in the community and volunteering with them lately. Everybody here is simply awesome to me. I want to be here forever.