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When you or a family member is in need of support, care, or encouragement where do you turn? If you are like most, you look to a trusted friend or family member. For over 1000 individuals and families across New York State, Springbrook is that trusted friend – a partner who supports their unique needs for as long as they may need us to be part of their life. We are here to provide the tools, expertise, knowledge, support, and encouragement to ensure each person and family we serve can reach their full potential. And we do this with your support.

The caliber and scope of the opportunities offered at Springbrook are dependent on the generosity of a broad network of family, friends, corporations, and foundations. Your gift to Springbrook allows us to say “Yes, you can” when everyone else says, “No, you can’t.” Every gift adds up to support innovative programs, hands-on experiences, updates or additions to homes and facilities, educational opportunities for staff, the list goes on and on. Your gift matters. Your gift can change lives.

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“Every gift we receive is so important to the school and our families. Thank you for considering a gift to Springbrook. If you would like to discuss how your gift will make a difference, please reach out to me at any time, at gradys@springbrookny.org”

Stacey Grady, CFRE

Director of Development, Springbrook

Springbrook Announces Organization-wide Salary Increases and Incentives

Springbrook Announces Organization-wide Salary Increases and Incentives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2022

Springbrook Announces Organization-wide Salary Increases and Incentives

Oneonta, NY: Springbrook, a leading provider of supports for people with developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce a $4,160 base wage increase for all current employees, as well as $1,500 in COVID-related incentive payments for all current employees and new hires. Springbrook continues to make forward gains in providing for the community by offering regular wage increases, incentives, and promoting the wellbeing of everyone within the organization. CEO Patricia Kennedy praised the strength and dedication of all staff and expressed Springbrook’s commitment to their employees, despite lags in state funding, by saying that, “as a non-profit, Springbrook relies on funding from the state and has endeavored to make every available dollar work for our employees.” This year, in addition to historical increases, the organization has continued COVID-based incentives.

Wade Harman, chief financial officer of Springbrook, gave us a breakdown of the specifics of the organization’s historical increases, outlining that “for twelve consecutive years, Springbrook has increased wages; the organization has attempted to outpace the industry standard of wage and salary increases.” From 2010 through 2016, Springbrook increased wages by 3% each year. In 2017, increases were made to the starting wage for Direct Support Professionals to a level not reached by other organizations until 2019, with a further 6% increase the following year. In those same years, all other Springbrook employees received a 3% increase in wages. In 2020, Springbrook raised wages by another 3% and made COVID-related payments to all essential employees. By 2021, the organization had added $2 to DSPs wages, plus $1 more for weekend shifts; and again, all other employee wages were raised by 3%. Springbrook continues to follow this trend today with the newly announced wage increases.

COVID-19 brought hardship to many and continues to do so through the New Year. And while a countless number of dedicated staff have made it possible to continue providing services for those supported by the organization, the workforce of direct support staff, already at low levels, was further depleted by the pandemic. The statewide loss in the DSP workforce jumped to 25% in 2021, from 9% in 2017, putting further pressure on all staff. In addition to workforce shortages, non-profit organizations like Springbrook are bound to funding constraints and decreases in budgets implemented by the state. However, this year, the organization has worked to raise the starting wage for Springbrook DSPs, with the base rate now reaching $15-$22 per hour.

Springbrook has also offered COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to all current and new employees. New employees and current, fully vaccinated employees are eligible for $500 after completing their COVID-19 vaccine regimen (including boosters for those eligible). In April 2022, a COVID service thank-you payment of $1,000 will be paid to all full-time employees (pro-rated for part-time employees). Kennedy commented, “These incentives are in line with those that have come before and offer all staff the opportunity to take necessary steps in fighting for the health of those for whom, and with whom, they work, and we are grateful to them for that.”

In addition to financial incentives, Springbrook also announced a new payment system. The new system will allow employees access to their wages as they earn them or on the traditional biweekly pay schedule, giving them access to their pay on a schedule that works for their needs. The organization also provides employees the opportunity to go back to school with Springbrook Scholars. This program provides a tuition-free track and a tuition-reimbursement track. Whichever track an employee pursues, Springbrook will pay the tuition for employees interested in pursuing their bachelor’s or master’s degree or continuing their education on a part-time basis.

Kennedy summed up the organization’s mission and commitment to their employees with this statement: “For over ninety years, Springbrook has been a community-focused organization, with supports across New York State for the people who choose services provided by our organization, but also for the direct support professionals who work in these communities. Being community-focused has always meant working together for the health and happiness of those that the organization supports and for our staff. Remaining vibrant throughout COVID has taken a tremendous amount of work on every level, from maintenance staff to DSPs to assistant directors and beyond. We are beyond thrilled to be able to make these wage increases and incentives a reality for our employees!”

For more information and employment opportunities, visit the Springbrook website at: SpringbrookNY.org

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Situation Saturday – Haywood Edwards III

Situation Saturday – Haywood Edwards III

This Situation Saturday, we share another heartfelt response from our awesome staff about what they are looking forward to in the new year. Haywood Edwards III, an Employment Specialist at Oak & Elm, gave an answer that made us sit up and take notice:

“A new year means new opportunities, new memories, new challenges, and a new year to take them on.  I am grateful for so many things, and am proud how my family is still bravely fighting the battle against COVID.  I am grateful to be employed for a company that cares about its employees and am blessed to be a part of an amazing team doing wonderful things!!  I am very proud of the individuals I support through Supported Employment and am looking forward to assisting them throughout 2022.”

We are very grateful and lucky to have employees like Haywood!

Donor Dollars At Work – Early Child Access Coordinator, Jackie MacDavitt

Donor Dollars At Work – Early Child Access Coordinator, Jackie MacDavitt

Today we would like to recognize the Black Family Foundation for their generous support, which allowed Springbrook to hire our Early Child Access Coordinator, Jackie MacDavitt! Jackie joined Kids Unlimited Preschool in October and helps families to access appropriate special education services for their preschool-age children.

Jackie is our liaison between school districts and parents as they navigate the individual evaluation process with their child. This involves having the child meet with a psychologist and with a speech, physical, and/or occupational therapist depending on their needs. It is a complicated process and usually involves multiple meetings in different locations over several weeks.

Since Jackie came on board, she has streamlined the team’s scheduling so that more children can be evaluated. She also coordinates the clinical team’s reporting, which assures that the school district can respond in a timely manner to determine what services are appropriate to the child’s needs—these may include placement in a special education preschool such as Kids Unlimited, specific therapies, or other services. The result? Each week children are accessing evaluation services and their families are receiving assistance in finding appropriate supports to address their child’s developmental needs.

The Black Family Foundation trustees have provided grant support for Kids Unlimited Preschool and other Springbrook programs for many years—even visiting in person to see them in action. We are fortunate to have partners like this who share our mission! Thank you!

 

Emergency Alert

Quarantine- there is a positive individual in the home and the whole house will need to be quarantined until the positive individuals release date- testing will be completed for everyone

Precautionary- there is a positive staff member that worked at the house. All participants will be tested 5-7 days after exposure and if all are negative the quarantine will be lifted

Work Reimagined

$1500 in sign-on bonuses

shhh… a $2 increase is coming in July 2022 for Community Homes employees if you’re employed with us at that time! Don’t tell anybody! Just kidding, tell EVERYBODY!

Community Homes

Empower the life of another and earn a starting wage from $15 – $22 (shhh a $2 increase is coming in July, 2022) and up to $1,500 in bonuses

The School at Springbrook

You can help a child reach their potential and earn a starting wage from $17 – $22 and up to $1,500 in bonuses. Starting wage was increased on January 9th!

Direct Support Professional – Oneonta Region

Direct Support Professional – Binghamton

Direct Support Professional – Chenango Region

Direct Support Professional – Otsego Region

Direct Support Professional – Sidney

Direct Support Professional – Residential School Program

Teacher – Art GEMS School

About Us

JOIN US NOW AND EMPOWER THE LIFE OF ANOTHER AND WE WILL EMPOWER YOU TO CHANGE YOURS!

Springbrook is one of the largest empoyers in our service area, and we are dedicated to providing supports and services to people with developmental disabilities. We are constantly reimagining what it means to be a Springbrook employee and are on the brink of revolutionizing what it means to be an employee in the 21st century!

Springbrook Has Consistently Increased Wages! Here’s a Snapshot!

Extraordinary Benefits

Extraordinary Bonuses

$1500 in sign-on bonuses!

NEW Starting Wage

In 2022 we implemented an OVER 7% Base Wage Increase. $15 – $22 an hour depending on program and a $1 differential on the weekends. A $2 increase is coming in July for Community Homes.

Dayforce Wallet

Dayforce Wallet allows you to access your pay when it works for you, not just on payday! You can also use the Dayfore Wallet app to transfer your available pay to your Dayforce Prepaid Mastercard as soon as it’s available. You can transfer the amount you need, and use it at any time, for any reason at no cost to you! The app also helps you to manage your money.

Springbrook Scholars

Springbrook offers opportunities for employees to join the Springbrook Scholars program. This program covers everything from Master’s Degrees and Advanced Certifications to single-course tuition remission.

Employee Referral Program

Refer a Friend or Family Member, if that person is hired and remains employed you will be generously compensated. The longer they stay, the more you get paid! Up to $1,000!

Paid Time-Off

4 weeks of paid time-off and 8 days of sick time!

OTHER POSITIONS

Marketing Associate

Occupational Therapist- Education Setting

House Manager – Residential School Program

Registered Nurse (RN) – Evenings

Assistant Director – Golisano

“It may be cheesy, but the students teach me just as much as I teach them. The feeling you get when you make them smile is a reason for me to get up in the morning. There is always something to do with the students, whether it is sitting down to watch TV, or get ready for school, if it is a school day, and performing goal work. I want them to know I care for them and I am here to help them.”

Lukas Shaw

Teaching Assistant for the School at Springbrook Golisano Program

Wellness Wednesday – FREE At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Wellness Wednesday – FREE At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests

This #WellnessWednesday, Wednesday, January 19, 2022, every household in the U.S. will be is eligible to order four (4) FREE at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Per the federal website, the tests are completely free of charge, there are no shipping costs, and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. Visit covidtests.gov to request yours! Be sure to like and share this post so that as many people as possible can access these essential tests. Be well!

Good News Roundup – Springbrook Scholars

Good News Roundup – Springbrook Scholars

In September, we introduced you to the Springbrook Scholars program, here. The Springbrook Scholars program supports current employees at Springbrook in their pursuit of higher education and attainment of credentials for high-demand fields such as nursing, special education, occupational, speech, and physical therapy, and other disciplines. In addition to advancing the careers of these dedicated Springbrook employees, it also provides an opportunity for them to engage with other practitioners and expand on the knowledge they’ve acquired in the field. The latest graduates of the Springbrook scholars program include Jessica Jester, Shannon Carreras, Jessica Laveile, and Jessica Weston. Recently, we caught up with Jessica Jester and Shannon Carreras, who attained degrees through the Springbrook Scholars program. We asked them to share their experience with the program and some of the things that they wish to achieve beyond their degrees.

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Jessica Jester, Behavior Specialist

Jessica is a behavior specialist who has worked with Springbrook for eight years and currently works in the School at Springbrook. She recently received her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology through the scholar’s program and hopes to continue her education in the near future by working toward a master’s degree to gain credentials as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). As a behavior specialist, Jessica works alongside the students and their teachers, as well as DSPs to effectively create life plans based on the student’s individual needs. By gathering and interpreting data, Jessica can provide advice to teachers and staff on how to provide the best options to students so that they can attain their goals and achieve independence. Jessica also has the opportunity to partake in some of the fun by assisting with activities like going on outings to the playgrounds, gym, and pool. Most of all, Jessica is there to support the staff and students and often finds herself listening: “My door is always open. [Staff and students] know where they can find me and when they pop into my office they know they can talk to me about anything.”

“My favorite part of working at Springbrook is working with the students. They make my heart happy and seeing them succeed and doing great things fills it with joy”.

Jessica Jester

Behavior Specialist

Like Jessica, Shannon Carreras also works at the School at Springbrook. Shannon works as a special education teacher and manages a class of six students, with three staff members. She assists and trains staff in creating individualized education programs (IEPs) for students so that they can reach their best possible outcomes for school and academics. She also works on activity building for the students to help them grow and foster their independence. Shannon has worked with Springbrook for twelve years in many different capacities, but has always been drawn to education, which helped her to take the steps to further her education and seek assistance through the Springbrook Scholars program. Shannon doesn’t plan to stop at her master’s degree, however, and has plans to pursue a doctorate. For now, Shannon is happy to come into work every day where, she says, she gets to “see the smiles on the kid’s faces and the excitement that they have for learning and continue to build relationships with the staff and students.”

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Shannon Carreras, Special Education Teacher

It took dedication and hard work for Jessica and Shannon to attain their respective degrees. Both of them worked full time while raising their families and mentioned that they could not have done all of it had they not had the support from family, friends, fellow students, and Springbrook. Maintaining a balance between their home and work lives, however, did not stop either of them from taking the time that they needed for themselves. Shannon put it honestly by saying, “it was a lot of work, it was a lot of pressure, it was a lot of stress. But I also made sure to take the time for myself to just decompress and remind myself that the outcome of what I was doing was well worth what I was going through at that moment.”

“My new credentials will help me better support the people that I work with by implementing programs and strategies that will help them become more independent and learn at their own pace. An example of that would be learning how to do proper modifications and accommodations that allow them to be as independent as possible with their academics as well as vocational skills and transitional skills.”

Shannon Carreras

Special Education Teacher

Jessica and Shannon were able to take advantage of the flexibility that their individual programs provided, as well as the flexibility of the Springbrook Scholars program, which now consists of two tracks; Springbrook Scholarships (Tuition-free Programs) and Springbrook Tuition Reimbursement. Each track offers unique advantages and allows one to tailor their higher education experience to their personal circumstances.

If you’re interested in becoming a Springbrook Scholar be sure to check out the webpage below:

Congratulations to Jessica Jester, Shannon Carreras, Jessica Laveile, and Jessica Weston on their personal accomplishments!

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Jessica Laveile

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Jessica Weston

Donor Dollars At Work – Welcome to Springbrook Jamey!

Donor Dollars At Work – Welcome to Springbrook Jamey!

We’re taking a moment to shine a spotlight on the newest addition to Springbrook’s fundraising team: Jamey D’Ambrosio. Most recently a database manager for the Friends of Bassett, with prior experience as a direct care professional, Jamey brings a breadth of knowledge and passion to her new position as our Development Manager. From the age of 15 she has volunteered and advocated for people with disabilities, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the same values and purpose that guide Springbrook. We’re grateful to employees like Jamey who share their time and talents with our community!

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