Cutting the Ribbon on CP’s Newest Home, and First in Yonkers
CP Unlimited took a big step forward to advance our mission by inaugurating our newest residential setting for people with disabilities, and the first of several planned homes, in Yonkers, New York.
CP leadership including Penny Pagliaro, Executive Director of our Hudson Valley division, and Joseph M. Pancari, President & CEO, joined Tasha Diaz (Majority Leader, Councilwoman, District 3) and Yonkers Deputy Mayor Tony Landi, alongside a representative from the office of Nader Sayegh (Assemblyman, 90th District) to officially cut the ribbon for this barrier-free residence!
See a News12 Story on the Ribbon Cutting:
“This home adds to the diversity of Yonkers…and on behalf of myself, the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor, we would like to present a proclamation naming today ‘CP Unlimited Day’ in Yonkers New York!” -CM Tasha Diaz
In addition to the Yonkers proclamation, Penny Pagliaro was also honored with a (well-deserved) citation for her sustaining impact and dedication to inclusivity and the people with I/DD supported by CP Unlimited. You can see each official document in the slideshow below.
See the ribbon cutting countdown and inauguration:
The ribbon cutting was also an opportunity to hear from the families of those who will be supported; for them, this home means a future of care, comfort, safety, and accessibility. Said one parent: “Thank you for all the attention to detail…and ensuring that the residents get the best level of care. Seeing my son healthy and happy with big smile shows that he is now fully integrated to his new home and all your efforts were worth it! We are super thankful for OPWDD and CP Unlimited for going above and beyond to make this miracle happen!”
View a slideshow of the home at 31 Wellesley Avenue:
“As the Mayor of the City of Yonkers, I am honored to celebrate the opening of this new residential setting for six men with profound intellectual disabilities. This is a remarkable achievement by CP Unlimited, an organization that has been providing services to people with I/DD for more than 70 years and that continues to innovate and expand their services to meet the diverse and evolving needs of their clients. This Yonkers home is more than just a place to stay, it is a place to flourish. It shows what we can accomplish when we collaborate to create opportunities and supports for people with disabilities. I welcome and applaud CP Unlimited, the staff, the families, and most importantly, the residents of this home. You are all an inspiration to us all. Thank you.” -Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano