CIDA January Newsletter

What’s Up at CIDA

Commissioner Curry Visits CIDA’s CoSpire Cafe

We are thrilled to share exciting news from this month as we had the honor of hosting Commissioner Christina Curry at our CIDA Community Center. Commissioner Curry’s visit was a great opportunity for us to showcase the impactful work happening within our community and discuss the importance of workforce development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During her visit, Commissioner Curry also had the pleasure of immersing herself in a first-hand experience at our CoSpire Cafe event.

As we continue our commitment to creating inclusive and empowering spaces, we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with leaders like Commissioner Curry. Her genuine interest and support for our cause inspire us to further advocate for policies and initiatives that promote the inclusion of all individuals in the workforce. We thank her for taking the time to visit our community center, and we look forward to continued collaboration in our shared mission of creating a more inclusive and equitable society.

CIDA is Awarded Two Grants

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation awarded us as a grantee and through this partnership, it will support our AGES Life Skills and Health Literacy Training program launching in February.
We’re also proud to be a Korean American Community Foundation grantee partner which will help support CIDA’s general operation activities.

Transform Extra Gifts into Opportunities

Wondering what to do with those Christmas gifts that you don’t want to keep? Here’s a meaningful solution: contribute to our cause by donating your unwanted gifts. By doing so, you play a crucial role in turning these items into opportunities for positive change.

Feel free to drop off your donations at the CIDA Community Center. We welcome a variety of items, including beauty products, toys, accessories, clothing, homeware, and kitchenware. Let’s work together to make a difference!

Cospire Highlights

Social Cooperative at CIDA is an innovative workforce development project established by Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA) to deliver individualized assistance as well as create integrative employment opportunities for people with unique challenges.

Yeh Gallery

CoSpire and the Yeh Art Gallery at St. John’s University have teamed up to present Utopia: Selected works from the CoSpire Art Initiative, a debut exhibition showcasing artwork and sketchbooks from the CoSpire Art Initiative. Featured artists include William Choe, Diana Choi, Jason Fallis, Steven Feng, Samuel Ho, Jean Hee Kim, Jennifer Kim, Arnold Lee, Daniel Park, and Joonsang Yoon. The exhibition invites viewers to explore the vast inner worlds created by this group of young artists who navigate a society which offers limited imagined possibilities for their community.

Utopia prompts visitors to contemplate the significance of creating inner worlds that reflect, distort, or enhance aspects of reality. The exhibition is a collective endeavor that delves into the creative minds of these artists, questioning the boundaries between escapism and artmaking. For these young artists, as they face numerous challenges throughout their lives, crafting their own utopias through artwork becomes a powerful act of envisioning, dreaming and realizing their own futures.

CIDA Continues to Collaborate with MOMA

CoSpire artists are delighted to announce a collaborative partnership with MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), to create a platform that celebrates the unique talents and perspectives of artists of all abilities. Beginning on January 8th 2024, the Art Initiative Members will be participating in a six-week program. This will be the second time we have partnered with MoMA since last year. Stay tuned for more updates on the workshops throughout social media platforms!

Final Season of the CoSpire Career Readiness Program: Accepts New Applicants!

CoSpire, CIDA’s workforce development program, is now recruiting for the last chance to join our final trainee group! Following the successful job placements of our past trainees, we are seeking young adults to join us starting in February. Over a period of 4 months, participants will learn new skills, gain valuable experiences, and find a career. Even after the training period ends, we will continue to provide support in finding jobs and independent living resources.

This is the last opportunity for applications from young adults between 18-40 years old who are seeking employment opportunities, valuable experiences, and career growth. Don’t miss out on this final chance to join our program! For more detailed information, please refer to the details provided below.

Resource Page

CIDA, in collaboration with the New York Employment Services System, hosted a webinar on the Medicaid Buy-In program. This program is a lifeline for individuals with disabilities, allowing them to maintain Medicaid benefits despite having a certain level of income. It’s especially beneficial for those who’ve been hesitant to seek employment due to concerns about losing social security benefits.

For more information and resources from this webinar, please visit our website.