In a continuing effort to meet the needs of the community, HeartShare Human Services of New York opened two new residential programs for children ages seven to 21 years old with autism spectrum disorders in May. These homes were dedicated to Joseph and Laura Caruana and Craig and Susan Eaton.
The Caruana Residence is home to seven boys, and the Eaton Residence is home to seven girls.
While HeartShare has been offering residential services to adults with developmental disabilities since 1977, these are HeartShare’s first residences specifically for children in more than 25 years. The children who live in the residences attend The HeartShare School, a school-age program specifically for children with autism. The school is conveniently located next door to the residences.
Joseph Caruana has been a member of HeartShare’s board of directors since 2006 and is president of HeartShare Wellness’ board of directors.
Craig Eaton has been a member of HeartShare’s board of directors since 2002. He is also the Chair of The HeartShare school board of trustees since it opened in 2007.
Both Dr. and Mrs. Caruana and Mr. and Mrs. Eaton are avid supporters of HeartShare, as well as other community organizations.
“HeartShare is proud to name these two unique residences in honor of the Caruanas and Eatons,” said HeartShare President and CEO William R. Guarinello. “They truly understand and promote the agency’s mission to nurture and support, with dignity and respect, children, adults and families in order to expand opportunities and enhance lives.”
Celebrating its 98th year, HeartShare is a nonprofit organization that assists 20,000 New Yorkers. Its wide array of services assist individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities through numerous programs including education services, adult day programs, residential services, case management, recreation programs, family support services and health services. It also provides counseling; after-school programs and assistance with foster care and adoption to children and families; supports people affected by HIV/AIDS; and administers low-income energy assistance programs. Of all its revenue, 90% goes directly to its programs and services. HeartShare is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children and is a BBB Accredited Charity. For more information, visit www.heartshare.org and find HeartShare on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.