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The Keys to the Front Door Process

The Keys to the Front Door Process

Monday, January 7, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Life’s WORC
1501 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Seminar Description: The Front Door is OPWDD’s person-centered approach for people with developmental disabilities that prioritizes individual choices, needs, and desires in making decisions.

During this process, initial eligibility for services will be determined. An assessment of the person’s strengths and needs will be done in order to identify and approve appropriate supports to better connect individual needs to available services. Part of this process also includes participation in an education session, which is required prior to implementation of services. It also assists families in guiding them to where to get the services most appropriate.

The seminar will feature expert speakers and a formal question and answer session.

Immediately following the seminar, please join us for a family networking event over coffee and light snacks.



What is the Family Resource Committee?
Life’s WORC Family Resource Committee is a group of family members and employees who work together to host and facilitate seminars and workshops for special needs families.

If I cannot attend in person will materials be available online?
Yes, the seminar will be recorded and the video will be posted on the Life’s WORC website. Any handout materials will also be made available online after the seminar.

Will childcare be provided?
Yes. Childcare will be available on-site. RSVP prior to the event is required for childcare.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
A free municipal parking lot is available off of 14th Street and Kellum. Limited street parking is available on 15th Street and Kellum Place.

The LIRR Mineola Station is also within walking distance of the building.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email our team at RLudricks@lifesworc.org




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32nd Anniversary Golf & Tennis Classic

Save the date for the 32nd Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic!

Thursday, May 30, 2019 
The Creek, Locust Valley, New York

This year’s event features a fabulous Steak & Lobster Fest on the beach.

CLICK HERE to reserve a golf single, foursome, make a dinner reservation, buy a tee sign or electronic journal ad. 

Register online at www.lwgolfer.org. Inquiries can be directed to Matthew Zebatto at 516.741.9000 x5000.


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Transition to Care Coordination

As you are aware, beginning July 1, 2018, the former Medicaid Service Coordination program will be transitioned to the Care Coordination Organization/Health Home (CCO/HH) program.

Life’s WORC will be partnering with the Advance Care Alliance, which will oversee program management for our existing clients from July 1 on.

Care Coordination Organization/Health Homes (CCO/HHs) will combine services for developmental disabilities with health, wellness, and behavioral health services to create a single, integrated and individualized Life Plan. A Care Coordination Organization/Health Home (CCO/HH) is a Health Home that is tailored to meet the needs of individuals with I/DD. The CCO/HH will provide care management and coordination services that are tailored specifically to help people with I/DD and their families coordinate all services. CCO/HHs work with individuals with I/DD and their families to bring together health care and developmental disability service providers to develop an integrated, comprehensive care plan (known as a “Life Plan”) that includes health and behavioral health services, community and social supports, and other services. CCO/HHs will assist individuals and their families with accessing services that support healthy, well–rounded and fulfilling lives.

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Planning Ahead – Financial security for your loved one with special needs.

As a parent or caregiver, you know well the ins and outs of supporting a child or loved one with special needs – including the expense of providing and maintaining the services and supports they rely on.

But what happens when you are no longer here? By having a solid financial plan in place, you can be comforted, knowing that your child or loved one will be cared and provided for well into the future.

We invite you to a special seminar to address these concerns and help you plan for the future.

Thursday, May 3
6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Family Center for Autism
1517 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Some of the topics we will discuss include:

  • Establishing Trusts
  • Trust and Trustee Options Provided by Life’s WORC Trust Services
  • Insurance Options to Fund Trusts

Presenters include:

  • Marianne A. Simoni, Esq., Associate Attorney – Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C.
  • Andrew Levey, Forest Hills Financial Group
  • Paulette Elbers, Life’s WORC Trust Services

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Activities will be available for children, provided by the FCA staff, so they can enjoy the evening as well.

Please RSVP by April 18 to Pamela Linnemann at plinnemann@lifesworc.org

About Our Presenters:

Marianne A. Simoni, Esq.

Associate Attorney – Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C.

Ms. Simoni’s practice is primarily focused on representing families and individuals in the areas of Guardianship and Elder Law, Estate Administration and Estate Planning.  Ms. Simoni strives to ensure that her clients’ goals are achieved and that their interests are protected.

Andrew Levey

Andrew Levey is a 25 year veteran of the financial services world, and a Financial Representative with Forest Hills Financial Group. He is also the proud uncle of a niece and nephew with special needs. His firsthand experience has enabled him to understand fully the importance of planning for their future.

Paulette Elbers

Ms. Elbers is the Trust Administrator at Life’s WORC Trust Services, a role she has held since 2011. As Trust Administrator she oversees the creation and management of special needs and pooled trusts to ensure that our beneficiaries’ needs are met, and their expectations exceeded. Paulette was instrumental in developing the Life’s WORC Trust Program in 2007, now a multimillion dollar program supporting several hundred participants statewide.

Space is limited! Be sure to reserve your spot today.

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Stepping Into Adulthood

Is your family member about to graduate? Are you feeling lost and confused on next steps? You are not alone. Transition is difficult for all of us, but particularly difficult when you have a family member with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability and you don’t know how to access the right support.

At Life’s WORC, we know how challenging it can be to navigate a new system of services. Let us help you learn more about how to get the right support for your family member and guide them toward services that can help them integrate successfully as an adult member of the community.

We invite you to join us for a series of seminars this spring, custom designed to empower parents and caregivers and provide you with all the tools needed to make this transition.

Four-Part Seminar Series

  1. Person Centered Planning: Learn strategies to facilitate your child’s life plan.
  2. Adulthood Domains: Education about Adult Services, Education/Training, Employment Connections & Independent Living Connections.
  3. Community Based Skill Development: Discover transition activities that take place outside of the school setting: opening checking or savings accounts, money management, obtaining a driver’s license, self-advocacy skills etc.
  4. Adult Friendships: Learn strategies to help your child make and keep adult friends.

Two Dates to Choose From:

Part I & II Saturday, April 14
Part III & IV Saturday, April 21
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village, NY

Hot buffet lunch will be served.

This special seminar series is available to families and caregivers at no charge. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Oluchi Nwosu at onwosu@lifesworc.org to secure a spot.


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31st Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic

We are pleased to announce that sponsorships, foursomes, singles and dinner tickets are now on sale for the 31st Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic. This year’s event will honor Life’s WORC Board Member Tariq Khan and Long Beach businessman and developer Barry Koff.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Seawane Club,

Hewlett Harbor, NY

Breakfast/Brunch – 10:30 a.m.
Golf Registration Begins – 10:30 a.m.
Golf Shotgun (scramble format) – 12:30 p.m.
Food & Refreshments at Halfway House and On Course Contests
Cocktail Reception  – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner/Program – 7:00 p.m.

Golf Foursome $2,000
Golf Single $550
Tennis Single $150
Dinner Only $200 per person

Sponsorship packages are also available.


We hope to see you there!

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Introduction to Care Coordination

We invite you to join us for a special presentation:

Introduction to Care Coordination

Featuring special guest speaker

Jay Nagy

Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Care Alliance

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to learn about the upcoming changes to the care and support services currently offered to you or your loved one. The transition from Medicaid Service Coordination to Care Coordination that will begin on July 1 impacts the management and administration of these services. Our goal is to provide you with information to help you better navigate and understand this change.


Thursday, April 5
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Life’s WORC
1501 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11590


Space is limited! Please call 516.741.9000 x8330 or CLICK HERE to email your response by March 26 to reserve your spot.


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Chefs of Long Island Tasting Event

The second-annual Chefs of Long Island is a food and beverage tasting event featuring more than 45 of the area’s most prestigious restaurants and beverage providers. The proceeds from this wonderful evening will directly benefit Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism.

Enjoy samplings of featured or signature dishes from local restaurants and caterers, and taste some of the latest blends and brews from vineyards, breweries and distributors from around Long Island and New York City.

Monday, March 12
6:30-10:00 p.m.

The Carltun
Eisenhower Park


Thank you to our sponsors and participants! Please check back soon as we will be updating the list often.

Event Sponsor
North Shore Autism Circle

Investors Bank

Participating Restaurants & Vendors
All American Wontons
Allie’s Gluten Free Goodies
American Classic Specialty Desserts
Ayhan’s Restaurants
Banfi Vintners
Ben’s Restaurant Group
Besito Mexican
Blue Point Brewing
Cardinali Bakery & Pastry Shop
Center Cuts
Chocolate Works Garden City
Chris & Tony’s
Coach Grill and Tavern
Da Nicola

E.B. Elliots
Elegant Affairs Catering
Emilia’s Bakehouse Cafe
Felico’s Catering
Garden City Pizza
Havana Central
Healthy Vending
Hendrick’s Gin
Iavarone Bros.
Jake’s Steakhouse
Java Melts
Jewel Restaurant
Lenox and Park
Margarita’s Cafe
Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill
Mill Pond Restaurant
Montauk Brewing Co.
Notorious Pink Rose
Outback Steakhouse
Pace’s Steakhouse
People’s Sportsbar
Restaurant 388
Rustic Root
Seasons 52
Star Industries
TOA Fusion

Taiga Shtof Vodka
The Carltun on the Park
The Cuban
The View Grill
Tocolo Cantina
Uncle Guiseppe’s
Vindagra Wines
Volpe Restaurant at Fox Hollow
Wings Plus

And more!!

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The Night of a Million Lights Gala – Tuesday, December 5

Join Us for a Special Evening in Support of Life’s WORC & The Family Center for Autism.

The Night of a Million Lights

Honoring Rocco B. Commisso 
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mediacom Communications Corporation
Chairman, New York Cosmos

Tuesday, December 5

6:00 pm Cocktail Hour
7:00 pm Dinner

Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

For more information and to purchase tickets, tables, sponsorships and more, visit www.NightOfaMillionLights.org


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Careers Open House!


Recruitment Open Houses!


For part-time positions in our Community Habilitation Team:

Wednesday, January 9th
3:30 – 5:30pm
1501 Franklin Ave.
Garden City, NY  11530

  • Community Hab Counselors must have a valid NY State Driver’s License and a personal vehicle to use during case hours
  • HS diploma required
  • Bring resume

All Positions:

Thursday, January 10th
10am – Noon

1501 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530



**Bring your resume and be prepared to be interviewed**


High School diploma/GED and Valid NY State driver’s license required for ALL positions.


Additional Positions Available!

Life’s WORC, one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York, is always looking for new talent.

We are looking to hire for full- and part-time positions in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk, and hosting Recruitment Open House events throughout the area.

CLICK HERE for a full list of openings, to begin the application process online or to learn more about our Open House events.




“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucious



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