New York Destiny Supported Apartments
Destiny Home Overview
Taking the mission of the Helen Keller National Center to the next level, Destiny Home is the first community residence in New York State for individuals who have combined vision and hearing loss as well as intellectual disabilities. Its staff supports the lifestyles of 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.
Specialized Support Staff
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.
Location and Amenities
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.
Residents Destined to Succeed
The five residents of Destiny Home are making their mark in the Port Washington community. In addition to helping maintain their home, each is competitively employed. Their jobs include food preparation at local restaurants, porter maintenance at a crisis center, assembly work at an independent living aids company and teaching American Sign Language. Two residents even launched their own snack machine business with staff support.
The residents also share their time and talents through volunteer work. Most recently, they’ve volunteered at a local store and in the mail room at a local college. During their leisure time, they enjoy attending community events, shopping, going to beauty parlors and dining out at local restaurants.