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

ESS Celebrates Caribbean Heritage Month

This month marks the 14th annual national celebration of Caribbean Heritage. In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.

In celebration of all the Caribbean immigrants that have come to these shores in pursuit of the “American Dream,” ESS facilitated an “International Day Celebration” in our Day Habilitation program. At the “International Day Celebration,” Individuals and staff alike celebrated the different cultures represented in our organization.

Celebrants, dressed in their cultural attire, brought in flags and gear representing their cultural background. They sampled different foods from different Caribbean countries and listened to many genres of Caribbean music.

Caribbean heritage is a source of great pride here at ESS. Our staff and individuals represent an array of different Caribbean countries and cultures. It is with great honor that we recognize the achievements and contributions Caribbean immigrants and their descendants have made in this country. Happy Caribbean Heritage month!

The Brookdale Hospital Annual Street Fair

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, representatives from ESS attended the Annual Brookdale Hospital Community Health and Street Fair held on Rockaway Parkway between Linden Blvd and Church Ave. The event sponsored by One Brooklyn Health System, Inc. included free health screenings,  medical Information, amusement rides for children, sports activities, free haircuts and vendor resource tables among others. ESS was one of the many vendors who provided resources and information to attendees.

The Brookdale Hospital Community Health Street Fair is an annual event in Brooklyn, NY that attracts hundreds of visitors. It was certainly a privilege to participate in this year’s festivities.

One Brooklyn Health System, Inc (OBHS)  is the NYS Department of Health approved co-operator of Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.  OBHS seeks to preserve and enhance access to healthcare services in Brooklyn by coalescing the separate hospitals and their governed affiliates into a sustainable, quality integrated health system.

Brooklyn DD Council Recognition Awards

ESS Day Habilitation Individual, Mykal Jones, was nominated for the Brooklyn DD Council Recognition Awards. Jones is an active volunteer and participant of the Day Habilitation With/Without Walls program. He is fully integrated within his community and helps staff with other individuals within the program.

The Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council is a group of family members, people with disabilities and professionals working together to improve the lives of people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities living in Brooklyn. Each year the council recognizes outstanding developmentally disabled individuals who exemplify growth, citizenship and dedication within their respective field. We are so proud of Jones for his nomination and accomplishments as an active participant in our program! 

Graduation Season in Full Swing At ESS! 

Graduation Season is in full swing here at ESS! On Thursday, June 13, 2019, four ESS employees graduated with their Associates from Kingsborough Community College. Thelica McDonald (Administrative Assistant); Lashonda Pitt (Direct Support Professional); Ashanty Hay (Direct Support Professional) and Shonell Harris, (Direct Support Professional). It is with great honor that we express our congratulations to McDonald, Pitt, Hay and Harris on their amazing accomplishment. We wish you much success in this new chapter of your lives. Congrats, Class of 2019!

Graduation Honors: 

Thelica McDonald:  Associates in Science; Mental Health & Human Services. Next steps: BA in Social Work! 

Lashonda Pitts: Associates in Science; Mental Health & Human Services. Next step:  BA in Psychology! 

Ashanty Hay, Associates in Arts; Criminal Justice. Next step: John Jay College of Criminal Justice for a BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology! 

Shonell Harris, Certified Nursing Assistant. Next stop:  Patient Care Technician Certification!

Personal Care For Day Habilitation Individuals

Individuals in ESS Day Habilitation program enjoyed an immersive day of fun and personal care at a local salon in Brooklyn, NY. Individuals received a full nail experience, facial and waxing. The outing is part of our organization’s initiative to promote community inclusion and diversity awareness for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Inclusion is a controversial issue greatly debated within today’s society. However we, at ESS, believe that Individuals with developmental disabilities benefit socially from inclusive practices. It fosters social skills, cognitive development, and independence. Studies show that individuals with developmental disabilities perform better in high inclusive environments.

The goals of ESS Day Habilitation program are to assist each individual in becoming more involved in their immediate community and enhance their skills. Our program with walls or without provides a springboard to graduate individuals with developmental disabilities to the next level of their lives.


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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