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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Councilwoman Bonner Works to Raise Awareness for the Grassroots Self Direction Program

Self Direction participant Jacob Fishman; John Ciervo, from Grass Roots; Jaelyn Ciervo; Tom Slattery

Farmingville, NY -  On June 4, Councilwoman Jane Bonner visited Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Smithtown to thank Grassroots Self Direction program and generate awareness for their work with special needs people. Grassroots Self Direction is a support brokerage for adults and children with special needs who have chosen to participate in a home and community-based waiver service called “Self Direction.” The service allows an adult or child with special needs to develop a path of their own choosing with their circle of support. The participants work on goals that are important to them while working with the support staff who are trained to help them meet their goals. Pictured left to right are Self Direction participant Jacob Fishman; John Ciervo, from Grass Roots; Jaelyn Ciervo; Tom Slattery; Scott Hammershlag and Councilwoman Jane Bonner.

Councilwoman Bonner said, “Grassroots Self Direction has done so much for people with special needs and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts. We need more people to get involved and make a difference in someone’s life.”

For more information about the Grassroots Self Direction program, contact John Ciervo at 631-512-6157, email [email protected], or [email protected]

Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595

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