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Upstate Hamaspik Group-home Resident Enjoys Two-day Brooklyn Summer Stay

June 29, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Hamaspik of Rockland County’s Concord IRA Supports Individual in Vacation Choice

On June 20 and 21st, a resident of Hamaspik of Rockland County’s Concord Briderheim IRA kicked off his summer season by spending two days in the storied borough of Brooklyn.

Shepsi L., a mature gentleman who uses a wheelchair, has lived at Concord since its opening.  With the helpful support of Concord Manager Mrs. Shaindel Goldberger and capable staff, Shepsi lives the fullest possible live.

And with summer in full swing, Mrs. Goldberger and her Direct Support Professional (DSP) team have been supporting residents in enjoying what many of the rest of us enjoy come summer: vacations!

On the morning of Monday, June 20, then, with all his necessary travel requirements diligently packed by staff the night before, Shepsi was driven to his first destination of choice: Lower Manhattan’s September 11 memorial site, along with DSP Jacob Weisz.

From there, the gentleman headed over to the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, home to a huge Jewish community (and presence of Hamaspik and HamaspikCare) and the renowned 13th Avenue shopping corridor.

Shepsi first settled into his lodgings at the Avenue Plaza, a small neighborhood hotel.

By early afternoon, directing attentive support staff, the gentleman was making the most of his two days in Brooklyn.  Shepsi headed off to the Williamsburg neighborhood to lend his personal participation at a family occasion, the wedding of a beloved niece.  Shepsi remained there for several hours.

The next morning, after a good night’s sleep at the Avenue Plaza, Shepsi enjoyed a healthy breakfast on site.

For the day’s plans, Shepsi enjoyed a relaxed lunch outing with his staff at a local pizza restaurant, spending quality time with caregivers again. 

Following lunch, Shepsi and Mr. Weisz returned to his “home base” lodgings, and then headed over to the Circle Line boat ride in Manhattan.  On the vessel, Shepsi spent several hours enraptured by the state-of-the-art, sparkling and unique New York City skyline and its fascinating buildings.

Late that afternoon, as the sun set over the picturesque brownstones, apartment buildings and shuttered storefronts of Brooklyn in their neat square rows, a van pulled away from the Avenue Plaza, carrying a tired but satisfied Concord Briderheim resident.

It was the end of his vacation—but, as is the case all across Hamaspik, the beginning of a summer sure to be filled with stimulating and choice-driven activity.