Honoring JP’s Dedication to AHRC
Helping Families and Creating the Wheatley Farms and Arts Center
About This Video Project
In this honoree video for the non-profit AHRC, we profiled J.P., a true dedicated professional. J.P. has developed countless group homes and day programs to help people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives in their communities, making a real difference and participating in their neighborhoods. In this video, we showcase some of J.P.’s works including one of many group homes that J.P. developed and the Wheatley Farms and Arts Center, a unique project unlike anything done before on Long Island. The outcomes of his projects have helped countless people, and their families have much more meaningful, satisfying lives.
J.P.’s dedicated so much of his career to supporting organizations like ours. He has developed countless group homes and day programs and he’s clearly made it part of his mission to help people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives in their communities making a real difference and really participating in their neighborhoods. So whose bedroom is this? My room and this is the chair and this is my closet. J.P. is completely focused on ensuring that when people move into their new homes, when they begin attending their day programs, it is exactly what it needs to be. It might be to accommodate someone in a wheelchair or to accommodate someone who may be a little hard on the walls. Luke, Luke’s my brother. When we initially was absolutely to move here, Luke was not part of the equation in moving and that would have been a big thing for Anthony because Anthony is very attached to Luke. So thank God that it worked out in a way where he actually got to move with him and now they side by side but they have separate bedrooms now which he is very happy about and I’m pretty sure Luke is too. Nice. So yeah. When you say goodnight to Luke, what do you do? Kisses. You’re kissing goodnight? Kissing goodnight. When we develop a home, typically what we do is purchase an existing home and then we do tremendous renovations to make it one of the nicest on the block and that’s what we work for. Because of the layout of this house, the way it is, you could actually do stuff in here and still pay attention to what’s going on in the living room and the dining room. JP is incredibly humble. He doesn’t do this at all for any recognition and quite the opposite actually. He much prefers to be working on projects, working with organizations, making sure that people are satisfied with the outcome of the project and he does it for his personal satisfaction. That motivation only enhances the excellence of all that he does. The Wheatley Farms and Arts Center is a unique project unlike anything we’ve done before and it’ll be unique on Long Island. We asked JP to work with us on the third phase of the project, the largest, converting the farmhouse to a working farm and art center. We’ll be creating many different specialized activities. We are looking to preserve the look and feel of a farmhouse. We knew JP would understand the vision, would understand how to ensure that it’s fully accessible so that everyone’s included there. JP’s creativity, attention to detail, and ability to understand and appreciate what we’re looking to achieve made him the obvious choice for this project. The outcomes of his projects have helped countless people, thousands, and their families have much more meaningful, satisfying lives. Our families know that when JP is involved in a new program, it will be what they would want for themselves as well as for their children and their siblings. The Wheatley Farms and Arts Center is a unique project unlike anything we’ve done before and it’ll be unique on Long Island.
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