Helen Keller Services (HKS,) an organization that provides people who are blind, visually impaired or have combined hearing and vision loss with opportunities to live full and enriching lives, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2018.

Helen Keller Services began in Brooklyn in 1893 as The Industrial Home for the Blind,” said Joseph BrunoChief Executive Officer for HKS, during an anniversary breakfast reception held at Brooklyn Borough Hall. “In the ensuing 125 years, we took on a new name, opened new offices [in Brooklyn] and on Long Island, and expanded our scope of services, touching the lives of countless blind and visually impaired men, women, and children.

A Valued Partnership

AHRC NYC and HKS have been longtime community partners. Dr. Raymond Franzem, AHRC NYC’s Director of Internships, has often facilitated connections between AHRC NYC programs and interns from HKS, leading to effective training and employment for many young people. To honor this successful partnership, HKS announced that Dr. Franzem will be receiving an award at their Breaking Barriers luncheon in April. Last year, AHRC NYC’s Bronx TBI program received the same acclimation.

Dr. Franzem gave credit to several people at AHRC NYC who accepted the HKS interns into their programs with open arms, including Jeanelle HectorDirectorAHRC Fisher Day CenterIfe OkohDirectorMelissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island, and Teresa Del PriorePrincipalFrancis of Paola Early Learning Center.