Staff supports the lifestyles of four to five permanent residents 24 hours a day and helps these adults to pursue job and leisure opportunities that match their interests and abilities. The residents hold down jobs in the community and assist with housekeeping tasks in their home including meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and decorating the apartments. They also are active in their town, doing volunteer work, participating in local events and patronizing businesses in the area.
The funding for Destiny Home comes through the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.
Destiny Home’s specially trained staff provides support 24 hours each day, working one-on-one with residents to explore their interests, identify activities that they might enjoy and provide the appropriate supports to ensure accessibility and foster self-empowerment. Since a few of the residents lack a formal method of communication, staff members are trained in alternative communication techniques, including the use of specialized apps and accessibility features on the iPad, object cues, object symbols, gestures, and tactile and visual sign language.
Destiny Home is a duplex apartment located in the town of Port Washington about 5 miles from HKNC headquarters. Each floor has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a living/dining room as well as a washer and dryer. The residents also enjoy a private backyard, which has ample room for a picnic table and lounge chairs.
The residents of Destiny Home are making their mark in the Port Washington community. The residents share their time and talents by working in the community and through volunteer work. Most recently, they’ve volunteered at a local store and in the mailroom at a local college. During their leisure time, they enjoy attending community events and are patrons of the Port Washington community.