MODERNIZED PREFERRED SOURCE LAW SIGNALS THE FUTURE
The Preferred Source Program advanced into a new era thanks to unified advocacy by NYSID’s 2022 Legislative Champions and Governor Kathy Hochul’s leadership.
Senator John W. Mannion and Assemblymember Chris Burdick teamed up with nonprofit disability support organizations to campaign for needed program improvements to open more employment doors for people with disabilities.
The modernized Preferred Source legislation was signed into law by Governor Hochul in October 2022.
We are indebted to these lawmakers for improving work opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and grateful for their ongoing commitment to inclusive employment for all.
“As a policymaker, I’m committed to supporting New Yorkers with disabilities in finding employment that enriches their lives and the lives of others. Every New Yorker deserves the dignity of a paycheck and financial security in our communities.”
Dear Members and Supporters,
Fiscal Year 2022 stands out for making rewarding work more accessible through the Preferred Source Program.
One year ago, NYSID and the New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation announced the findings of an independent report on the economic and social impact of disability service providers, by the well-respected Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Our organizations understood that the report’s independent findings would help support a movement for program modernization led by our Senate and Assembly champions.
The study confirmed what those in the NYSID network experience every day: nonprofit disability service organizations offer thousands of individuals support, including work opportunities. They are major employers and generate $14.3 billion in economic output.
We delivered this message across the state at media events where individuals with disabilities emphasized the importance of employment.
We united with other disability support organizations to gain further momentum for the modernization.
The improved legislation, which streamlines contracting procedures and disability ratios to create competitive integrated employment consistent with the workshop transformation movement, is now a reality.
We believe it will positively impact the employment potential of the diverse individuals served by the Preferred Source Program.
Thank you to every contributor to this unprecedented unity, purpose and change.Stanfort J. Perry Chair Maureen E. O’Brien President & CEO
“I look forward to working further with NYSID and other disability support organizations to dismantle barriers and increase employment equity for individuals with disabilities. The 2022 improvements to the Preferred Source Program were a needed step forward, and I’m honored to have played a role in the successful outcome.”
Thank you to our partners in meaningful opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities:
Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
ON THE COVER
PURCHASING THAT POWERS EMPLOYMENT
Our steadfast customers and new 2022 opportunities created more than 6,000 jobs, of which 71 percent were performed by individuals with disabilities.
We’re proud of how the workforces of our membership helped satisfy public and private sector procurement needs.
TOTAL SALES $266,376,531
CONTRACTS UNDERWAY 3,211
PRODUCTS 1,850 SERVICES 1,361
NEW CONTRACTS 511
PRODUCTS 85 SERVICES 426
Incontinence Products $2.7 million
Bathroom Tissue $1.67 million
Workboots $1.03 million
Uniform Jackets $1.03 million
ADVANCING EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
NYSID’s 2022 business performance improved the financial security of workers across the state. Individuals with disabilities earned their highest total wages from meeting customers’ needs. Competitive integrated employment continues to improve the economic and social impact of public and private sector NYSID opportunities.
NYSID also supported its membership with initiatives to increase employment and support professional development.
$75,033 in funds distributed
5 Member Agencies invested in new equipment
25+ new jobs added
$104,900 Line of Credit interest charges absorbed by NYSID
$348,900 paid in fees on $12.8 million in credit card purchases
LIVING OUR MISSION THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICE
NYSID’s 2022 community support initiative provided financial support to non-profits that share our mission and additional organizations that enrich NYS communities.
Team NYSID volunteers put their hands to impacting food insecurity, supporting athletes with disabilities, delivering school supplies and personal hygiene goods, and much more.
staff volunteer hours served
in charitable contributions
non-profit organizations impacted
Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities.Painting exteriors at Double H Ranch Escorting athletes at Special Olympics’ Summer Games Sponsoring Arc Herkimer’s first-ever residential program prom
UNITY • PURPOSE • CHANGE
REWARDING EMPLOYMENT EXEMPLIFIED
To some individuals, becoming employed on a NYSID contract is the first chance to earn a paycheck. To others, improved skills and self-confidence over the years lead to advancement and more independence.
NYSID recognizes these work and personal achievements through the annual Joslin Awards Program.
The impact of the 19th annual award year was celebrated at NYSID’s Annual Meeting on October 19, 2022, where two nominees were selected to receive the William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer Award.
is a full-time custodian at the NYS Department of Homeland Security building through Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC.
Once struggling to find her place in the work world, Nicole has emerged from the shadows of anxiety, learning disabilities and bullying to maintain full-time employment, own her own car and find her voice through newfound confidence.
holds two jobs at Arc Herkimer’s Herkimer Industries site, overcoming years of underemployment due to lack of confidence, experience and skills.
Through rewarding employment, he has emerged as an independent man who is proud of his work reputation and financial contributions to his household.
Thank you to our Member Agencies and Corporate Partners who participated in the 2022 Joslin Awards Program.
nominees in 2022 awarded individuals recognized over 19 years
Congratulations to all the deserving nominees for their achievements:
Michael Bartholomew – JM Murray
Demetri Boler – Gateway Hudson Valley
Kirk Bonsu – The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter
Markeith Brown – Jawonio
Kathy Brunn – Imaging & Microfilm Access
George Burnett – The Arc Allegany-Steuben
Willie Carter – Image Integrator, LLC
Abby Conklin – The Corporate Source
Phillip Dashnau – The Arc of Madison Cortland
Nicole Dorr – Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC
Keniel Evangelista – CASO Document Management
Kathleen Falconio – Center for Disability Services
Collin Figura – ACHIEVE
Judith Frazier – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
Gabriel Galvez – Fedcap Rehabilitation Services
John Guardiola – Northeast Career Planning at Unity House
Skylar Howard – MOZAIC
Christina Jarczewski – People Inc.
Andrea Johnson – The Arc Jefferson-St. Lawrence
Victor Karas – The Resource Center
Mary Kenyon – The Arc Wayne
Joe Kilgore – Liberty Arc
Jack Kupcyzk – The Arc Erie County New York
Gary LaPorte – Arc Herkimer
Ashley Lawyer – Image Data, Inc.
William Linna – Maryhaven Center of Hope
Ja’net Lorick – Access: Supports for Living
Abi Magar – Arc of Onondaga
Shalom Magidson – eBizDocs
Nick Marich – Spectrum Designs
Frank Mateunas – Arc Otsego
Derrick McGuinness – The Arc Lexington
Justin Moore – Second Chance Opportunities
Jose Nieves – AHRC New York City
Shareem Nunn – SecureScan
Vladimir Pierre – Venture Together
Roger Quick – The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler
Elizabeth Rosado – Green Facility Solution
Michael Rudgers – Arc GLOW
Heather Svoboda – Lifetime Assistance
Edward Terry – CDS Monarch
Bryan Thomas – AHRC Nassau
Richard Vassar – Mountain Lake Services
Sandy Williams – WellLife Network
“Never give up, because there is so much more to you than you know.”
“You want your bosses to be satisfied with your work and know they can count on you.”
COMPETITIVE INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MEMBER AGENCY OF THE YEAR Arc of Onondaga
NYSID’s Member Agency of the Year is selected for its dedication to job creation for individuals with disabilities. This award also reflects going above and beyond for customers when the unexpected arises.
Arc of Onondaga facilitates a robust custodial business that allows each individual to realize their fullest potential for independence. Whether it be a team opportunity or the sole responsibility for maintaining a customer site, Onondaga’s Monarch Enclaves cleaners get the job done. Their careful attention to detail during the COVID-19 pandemic is especially noteworthy.
In 2022, Arc of Onondaga provided NYSID jobs to 41 individuals who earned a collective $420,000 in competitive integrated wages.
CORPORATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR Sheen & Shine, Inc.
NYSID’s Corporate Partners are private sector businesses approved by the NYS Education Department. These businesses commit to employing individuals with disabilities while servicing NYSID contracts.
The 2022 Corporate Partner of the Year is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business which has provided expert custodial services in the Rochester area for 40 years. At Sheen & Shine, an individual with a disability is an equal member of the team, making a living wage and giving back to their community. Sheen & Shine partnered with three NYSID Member Agencies in 2022, which provided 38 individuals with jobs and competitive integrated wages of $257,000.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Akeem Allen
Akeem represents the diverse opportunities provided through Monarch Enclaves, joining the program after high school. He mastered cleaning skills over time, and progressed to maintaining his own sites. Four years later, Akeem’s incredible work ethic and positive attitude allow him to be placed at multiple customer locations, where the staff describe him as professional, trustworthy and efficient. With newfound confidence, he is studying for a driver’s license to advance his independence in the community.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Roger Youngs
Roger exemplifies Sheen & Shine’s commitment to including individuals with disabilities on its team. He works at a mental health facility where he takes pride in ensuring a safe, clean environment for clients. Roger is adept at finding ways to work around his vision disability to achieve maximum results. He exemplifies the dedicated work ethic of individuals with disabilities as he “shines” at every task.
“My job has helped me grow more proud of myself. Hard work pays off.”
“My disability never stops me from being the person I am.”
PURCHASING THAT POWERS INCLUSION
NYSID CHAMPION Special Olympics New York
NYSID Champions advocate for individuals with disabilities to live their most inclusive lives. They are private sector businesses and non-profit organizations which embrace corporate social responsibility through procurement.
There’s no better example of this impact than Special Olympics New York (SONY), through which 31,000 individuals with disabilities from across the state are team players.
SONY furthers a commitment to corporate social responsibility by purchasing NYSID branded products to outfit teams and event staff. This benefits workers at NYSID Member Agencies and Corporate Partners, many of whom participate in local SONY chapters. NYSID employees are frequent volunteers at SONY events, from statewide and local competitions to the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, another example of synergy between organizations.
STATE GOVERNMENT CUSTOMER OF THE YEAR NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) directly contributes to employment and independence for New Yorkers with disabilities at 11 different NYSID Member Agencies. The custodians have provided clean and safe workspaces at 29 DMV sites for nearly 20 years.
These workforces were put to the test at the outset of the pandemic when DMV needed in-depth sanitizing services to keep its staff safe and then reopen to the public. At a time when those with disabilities experienced even higher unemployment from the pandemic and other trends, these individuals continued working and contributing to their communities.
This loyal customer reports that the custodians are invested in performing their jobs to DMV’s standards, as well as helping incoming clients. Its trust in the Preferred Source Program ensures competitive integrated employment for hundreds of workers annually.
Department of Motor Vehicles
“Special Olympics New York and NYSID are huge fans of each other. We work with the same population to foster full community inclusion, from employment to athletics. There are so many opportunities ahead for us, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CUSTOMER OF THE YEAR
NYC Department Transportation
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) keeps its two iconic Ferry terminals clean and safe for commuters and tourists using custodians from AHRC New York City’s Hudson River Services division.
The DOT is a 24/7 operation all year long. The dedicated AHRC work team has supported the Ferry division in all kinds of weather and emergencies, including Superstorm Sandy, the COVID-19 pandemic and blizzard conditions.
More than 15 new competitive integrated jobs were added to the current custodial team in 2022. “You can’t ask for better employees,” said Ferry operations management.
~Stacey Hengsterman, President & CEOStacey Hengsterman, President & CEO Mark J.F. Schroeder, Commissioner Abby Conklin works on Preferred Source contracts through The Corporate Source, including a NYS Department of Motor Vehicles location in Suffolk County. Abby contributes daily to her employer’s custodial reputation for great service and to the scores of people who visit the DMV. George Bonet is one of 40 AHRC New York City custodians who help keep the DOT Ferry terminals clean and safe for commuters and tourists in all kinds of weather.
2021-22 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stanfort J. Perry, Chair • AHRC Nassau
Patrick Bardsley, Vice Chair • Spectrum Designs
Douglas DiGesare, Secretary • Arc Erie County NY
G. Allen Connely, Treasurer • MOZAIC
Kevin Crosley, Past Chair • Arc Herkimer
Maureen E. O’Brien • NYSID President & CEO
David Calhoun • Arc Wayne
Rhonda Frederick • People, Inc.
Timothy Giarrusso • Human Technologies
Michael Miller • Golub Corporation
Gregory Sorrentino • Center for Disability Services
Steve Towler • AHRC New York City
Stephanie Turco • Gateway Hudson Valley
Randi Rios-Castro • Jawonio
Shaloni Winston • Arc Lexington
Paul Zuber • Business Council of New York State
Maureen E. O’Brien
President & Chief Executive Officer
Eileen J. McCarthy
Chief of Staff/General Counsel
David Aziz Chief Financial Officer
Sarah DeVoe Vice President, Compliance
Meredith Hartman Vice President, Contract Administration
Joseph Messina Vice President, Sales
Tim Mott Vice President, Business Operations