Elmy's Special Services, Inc. 

Elmy’s Special Services believes that every person, regardless of his or her race, ethnicity or disability, should be treated with dignity and respect. | 163 Van Buren Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

2019, Here We Come!!! 

In 2002, we set out on a journey to work out how to best serve and support individuals and families with developmental or other disabilities. We found it unjust that families with developmental disabilities in low socio-economic communities were largely undeserved. we wanted to do something about it!

"We got started because no one wanted to serve this community, and right now we are one of the only agencies that are in this community providing services," said Executive Director, Ray Knights.

Today, Elmy’s Special Service provides service to over 650 individuals. The ESS community has grown from its humble beginnings in the Bedford Stuyvesant Community of Brooklyn, NY to include the greater New York City Area. Our services have expanded and we have developed more efficient facilities to better service the needs of our individuals.  Community means a lot to us here at Elmy’s Special Services! Let us continue to expand and provide exceptional services and support to individuals and families with developmental or other disabilities in the Greater New York City Area in 2019.
In Review: Highlight From 2018
Over the summer Elmy's Special Services hosted DYCD Summer Interns. Here Executive Director, Ray Knights is doing an ice breaker with ESS Interns. Mr. Knights talked about how he started ESS and the youth discussed career goals.
Elmy's Special Services Individuals enjoy a good work out and Yoga at our Day Habilitation Recreational Facility. 
Elmy's Special Services field trip to the local fire station with respite residents and staff.

Academic enrichment and goal setting at Elmy's Special Services After School.
Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA) residents Christmas Extravaganza
You’re Hired: 
Mykal Jones New Job!


We would like to congratulate Elmy’s Special Services Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA) resident, Mykal Jones, on his new position. Jones who has been with ESS for 9 years was recently hired as an onsite construction worker at Another Chance Ministries in Brooklyn. Jones who is a member of the Another Chance Ministries will receive a small stipend in compensation for his services. This is a wonderful opportunity for Jones as a he is a hardworking individual who has given his life to God. Jones who enjoys reading the bible is thrilled about his new position. 

Health and Resource
School Fair

Staff at Elmy's Special Services gear up for the Middle School of Art and Philosophy Health and Resource School Fair in Brooklyn on March 16, 2019. We are very excited about the opportunity to inform the community about the services and support we provide for individuals who are diagnosed with developmental or emotional disabilities in After School, Day Habilitation, Respite, Summer Camp and Home Care among others. We hope to see you at our table in March! There will be informational brochures, giveaways and staff to answer pressing questions. We hope to see you!

Employment Opportunity at ESS: 

Direct Support Professionals (DSP's): 

Multiple F/T & P/T

Minimum Required Education and/or Experience: High School Diploma/GED or Business certification or a minimum of one-year related experience and/or training; or experience and/or training: or equivalent combination of education and experience is desired.

If you would like to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please email:

Ray Knights is the Executive Director of Elmy’s Special Services, Inc. (ESS). ESS is a not-for-profit organization operating under the auspices of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for Children and Family Services, and the New York State Department of Health. ESS has successfully provided a variety of supports and services to numerous individuals with developmental disabilities in underserved minority communities within New York City for over a decade. 

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