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? ? >> welcome to "good day street talk," antwan lewis reporting. here is what we're working on today. a network of agencies all across new york city, long island and westchester helping the disabled find jobs. and a little crash, a new jersey man is overcoming many obstacles and giving back to those who are in need. but first, chips is a not-for-profit charity that serves the less fortunate in more ways than one. denise scare vel la and viktoriya proskurnyak and your son mark, who's adorable. who is this guy with no hair? [laughter] tell me about chips, denise. >> chips is a nonprofit that
slope to help the underserved in park slope. forty years ago chips really was in a neighborhood that needed help, and a lot of the residents that lived there were looking for some advocacy programs for them. so there's a group of people that came together, and they thought, well, we can at least offer these services. they started in one store front, they went to another and another and eventually they landed on fourth avenue and sackett. so and it was just an old warehouse, i think, of some kind -- >> right. >> and they took that first floor, and they started making soup. and every day on a kitchen stove like you'd have at home, volunteers came, and they made soup. and then at that point the homeless population was really expanding. >> right. >> so they started putting cots down, so they'd pick up the dining room tables, and they'd
this at night. >> so in addition -- well, tell me about the programs that you had. >> so that's how it started. a few years later sister mary maloney came along, she's a plan sis can sister for the poor, and she just came back from brazil and senegal, and they found something for her to do, to come and take over for the sister that was there previously. and when she got there, there was $300 in the bank, and this be here too long if i don't do something. so she started to apply a community way of living, and she went to the neighbors in the community and started asking for help. and it just -- >> took off from there. >> from there. >> tell me about residents there and the residency program that you have. >> so the residency program started a few years later. the building was going to be sold. sister mary asked the owner if
to find a down payment. and, again, she went to the community and found the down payment, and they bought the building. the state then came in with a grant, and we were able to renovate the building and create a program upstairs with nine apartments for pregnant young women -- >> okay. >> -- to live there at the end of their pregnancy until they gave birth, and then they could live there one year. so that's the upstairs program. full-fledged commercial kitchen, dining room where we feed about 240 people a day six days a week. >> victoria, you're a resident, correct? >> yes, i am. >> you're 29. tell us your story. where are you from? where's home? >> i am from ukraine, and i came to this country nine years ago. and when i was four months pregnant, a tragedy happened in my home, and my father and brother died.
and we decided it was better for her to go back to ukraine, even it's very hard time there -- >> right. >> -- between russia and ukraine. but she went back, and i decided to stay because i'm u.s. citizen, and i wanted my son to be born here. so that's how i became homeless, because the money we saved, we spent for funeral -- >> right. >> and it was really difficult. it was difficult shelter. and i went to public shelter first. but i i just, it was very stressful. >> i can only imagine with all that you've gone through. he's fine. [laughter] it just means our fox 5 family is growing. so mark is how old? >> mark is two months and three weeks. and he's very quiet baby --
praying a lot with my husband to have him, and my husband in ukraine -- >> okay. >> so he's ukrainian citizen. he must be there. he's patriarch to the country, and that's why he asked me to wear the ukrainian flag just like support of ukraine and ukrainian people. >> so, denise, are stories typical like what we're hearing with viktoriya? help? >> we help everybody. you know, we don't have any government funding. we're totally supported by the neighbors and some grants, a few little grants. but we help everybody, anybody who comes there that fits the criteria. so our criteria is that they need to be 21 years old in their last trimester of pregnancy or have just given birth. we don't have much in the way of support services. we don't have many staff, about three full-time staff. >> okay.
>> so how do you get the word out about funding? do you have fundraisers? like, if someone's watching and wants to help chipses, you know, how would they go about doing that? >> they can go to our web site. we have great volunteers that do our social media program, fundraising committee and things like that. we do very small things around the community. so anybody could participate. >> how have you changed, viktoriya? just when you think about, you know, the circumstances you've been through, how has what has it impacted you? >> i would say they opened their door like a family -- >> okay. >> -- and they accept me like a family. that's what i explained the social workers in a public shelter, that i feel alone here. i don't feel like a family. and i heard about place through sisters of life, they areup the.
just incredible, like a family for me. when i enter, i had already everything like forks, spoons, sheets -- >> everything that you needed. >> everything that i need when i enter into the public shelter. just a crib for the baby and bed. and i didn't have much money to buy everything, and it was so far away from brooklyn, they put me in manhattan. and everything was very expensive there. so that's why -- and here we donations. >> and a chance at life. >> and, yes. and smile of volunteers every day. you feel like someone is care about you. >> that's how it is? >> it's really true. >> yes. >> i used to -- >> go ahead. >> yes. it's just like you, i live on the fourth floor, and every day i'm going to the volunteers and just we can talk. they are like a social workers to us. >> okay. >> i used to run a very large organization here in new york,
actually one of the facilities i used to run was one of the facilities viktoriya was in, it's just a coincidence. this place in park slope, it's this tiny little place. there used to be 800 families, now i run a facility with eight families, nine families. >> okay. >> and it's amazing, the support from the community, from people that hear about it. we are so fortunate. we are really, really, of course, we need money, we need funding, we program going -- >> and the web site again for people who might be interested in joining that is -- >> chipsonline.org. >> chipsonline.org. >> we have a facebook page. >> okay, we'll put that too. may i hold him -- >> yeah, yeah. >> i am just fascinated by babies. >> there you go. >> hey, cutie. support his head, right? see, i remember. you want to go with me to break? you want to do the break? we'll do it.
coach liam o'connell and corey johnson. kathy, did i say your name right? >> you did it. [laughter] >> give us the overview. >> sure. it's actually about 60 years ago that our organization was founded by a bunch of parents who were looking for social, recreational opportunities for their children with special needs as well as start helping them build vocational skills to go out into the work force. sixty years l network agency. we have eight networks that operate throughout the tristate area as well as puerto rico and the virgin islands. and we provide services to people with disabilities. we run the entire gamut as well as the entire life span from newborns to senior citizens. >> is it -- how difficult is it to help people understand why we really, absolutely need to make sure that we are caring for our disabled brethren? >> you know, it's becoming easier and easier because --
there's been a lot of social awareness. actually, starting about 25 years ago, we're celebrating the anniversary of the ada, the americans with disabilities act, that president bush signed. and that really started to help us propel getting our guys out into the community, guaranteeing that they have access to public places as well as housing and job accommodations. and we've come a long way, but we're at this pivotal moment now where we're really ready to priority from the federal government to new york state to service providers to the individuals that we provide supports to are really ready to jump into the world of employment and significantly increase opportunities for people with disabilities to have employment in the private and public sectors. >> with all of your knowledge in this field, what is the reason, the most common reason that you
hire someone who's disabled? >> you know, it really comes down to, i think, lack of engagement. and there are just some myths out there and fear. you know, maria shriver has a great article in "time" magazine this month, and she talks about 50% of americans really don't even know anyone with an inte intellectual or developmental disability. and it's just due to that lack of intimacy and engagement that there's a fear and a bias that really doesn't need so that's kind of our mission, is to start educating employers to say, hey, no, they want to work. for our people that are employed, our current employers love our individuals. they will say that they are more dedicated and dependable than some of their nondisabled workers. >> let's bring rhode island yam in now -- liam inn now. you're a job coach, and tell us exactly what it is you do. >> okay. i do employment coming for yai,
individuals each month that i have to see. ing some are employed, some aren't. for the ones that are employed, i go to their jobs, speak with the employer, make sure they feel the services provided at their job, they feel support from the staff, any vacations, any paychecks coming up that they need to get, i help them obtain those things and make sure they feel support at work. for the individuals that are looking for work, we have internships, we kind of do role plays, we'll have interviews, practicing >> like mock interviews. >> exactly. to make them feel more comfortable when they do step up to that kind of setting. >> what are some of the things that you're hearing, you know? are the persons that you're helping, are they really nervous, are they scared? >> yeah, i mean, for anyone starting a new job, going on an interview can be nerve-wracking. so, yeah, it definitely is a big challenge. they like to the kind of practice these interview role plays and things and, you know, it just prepares them better for
>> now, was corey one of your success stories, or is corey, i should say? >> when i first met corey, he was running around trying to find a job, having a bit of difficulty. and then along came etsy. i guess a couple months into when i first met him. he started out with an internship program there, and it just moved on to a full-time role. and it's great. >> corey, tell us a little bit about you. we know that you told us you're developmentally delayed, but how old are you? in i'm 25. >> what are you doing at etsy? >> well, i'm currently a corporate specialist, and there i do e-mails, tickets, inveb stories, i help people out with their computers. if somebody needs a monitor or a track pad or a mouse, i'll help them out with it, i'll deploy it to them. and, yeah. >> so what's the biggest thing
the most challenging thing you find in what you're doing with etsy? >> yes. so before i was a corporate i.t. specialist, i was an office porter at etsy. >> okay. >> i found out that the job was really, really easy, you know? i was -- i made coffee, i did the mail, i helped out people??? with fresh direct and, you know, it's like i had changed fears to like i'm working more with computers, and, you know, it's know, it's like the world of, you know, computer technology is more, there's things that i never knew before, and it's kind of -- >> how scared were you, and you be honest, how scared were you when you got the job and your first day, you know? >> oh, god, it was really nerve-wracking -- [laughter] i just wanted to be, i wanted to be, like, really, really, like, on my a game, you know? >> right. >> it's hard -- it's easy to get a job, and it's easy to lose a job, you know?
like, you know, let me do what i have to do and, you know, they'll hire me full time and, you know -- >> so what advice do you have, because clearly you're a success story. what advice would you give to someone who also is disabled to whatever degree, you know? but wants to become a part of the work force as you yourself are now? what would you tell them? >> just give it your all, try. if something doesn't give it your best. >> is it easy to keep that encouragement? that's pretty deep there. >> it is. i know, it is, but, you know, i mean, you can get overwhelmed. i was overwhelmed before because at the college, i mean, i was -- >> catch me at six on saturdays. i'm overwhelmed. [laughter] >> my god, exactly. seriously. [laughter] >> okay.
information, kathy? >> yai.org, or you can call our administrative offices in manhattan, 212-273-6100. so nice to meet all of you, much success. >> thank you. >> another 60 years of what you all are doing over there. >> absolutely. thank you. >> up next, a new jersey man creates a business to help others in need after his own i know you! [laughs] welcome! hi! we're your neighbors. we live across the street. thanks for this. i see you've got time warner cable like the rest of the hood. genius.
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>> we're back. ron gold was a successful wall street executive, but a tragic bike accident changed his life and his family's life forever. in the years since he's overcome many obstacles and is now proving to be an inspiration to everyone. meet ron. ron, so nice to see you. >> nice to see you, antwan. >> tell me about your history on wall street. what'd you do there? >> so my whole career was on wall street. i worked at lehman brothers. i ran a sales desk. and in 2008 lehman down, barclays picked up some of the people, and i was lucky to be one of them. i was managing director at barclays and i ran an international sales desk. >> active always? a triathlete type or -- >> always active. >> okay. >> big skier, runner, cyclist. i always liked to be active, i always liked to be fit and, well, it changes. but i'm still trying to do that. >> what happened november 26, 2011? >> exactly.
most weekends i'd go out on a long ride, let's say a 50-mile ride from my home in bergin county, new jersey. sometimes i'd ride over the gw, go over to the park, spend some time, go home. but usually i went north. the idea was to go up to rockland county to avoid the traffic. little did i know. finish so on that day, november 26th, almost four years ago thanksgiving weekend, i was coming back from a and most of my friends had already peeled off for home. it was just me and my buddy zack. >> okay. >> and out of nowhere an suv, an out of control suv comes hurtling at me. apparently, the woman had fallen asleep, 1:00 on a saturday afternoon, and she went into zack first, and then she went into me. and the last thing i was thinking as she's coming at me is just keep your head up above the hood to protect your brain.
on the hood, crashed on the hood, hit the pavement. i was medevaced to the hospital. by all accounts, i should be dead. in case you're wondering, i'm not. >> you know, i'm glad. [laughter] tell me, continuing what you just said, what happened to zack, you know? >> zack shattered his pelvis, and he went flying almost into the nearby creek. but somehow the way he was hit, he just went flyig, didn't have quite the disastrous consequences i had. >> let's talk about your recovery. >> so after that, huge shock, right? so i'm going to the hospital, incredible amount of work. they accumulated a team of surgeons to work on me. they had a number of things to do. one, to prevent me from bleeding out, two, to reconnect my lungs to my aorta, three, to deal with my massive internal injuries.
out of my thigh and, fifth, to stabilize my spine. so it was very traumatic. and, you know, i think about that day every day. investigators say there's nothing i could have done, there was no time, no evasive action i could have taken. >> you, at what point did you decide to not let this keep you from living your life as ron gold? >> there is no one sort of it's an evolution. as you would expect, it's a physical and mental challenge much more so than i've ever had to deal with previously. so i had always been fit, and i had always been an athlete, but i'd always been smart. things had always come easy for me. a family i always had time for -- >> you have three kids, right? father of three. >> three daughters, right. >> and your wife's name is -- >> betsy.
day. there i am in an induced coma, and for three weeks she's got to make the decisions. >> we're talking about you and your mission of helping others now. and just tell us about it and the company, the organization that you've attached yourself to, that you founded. >> so, look, i fell into something, literally, where i was exposed to a broken home care system. i was damagerred from five months -- discharged from five months in hospital i have two months of care covered by private insurance, and then it's done. so what am i to do? why don't we do something like create an online marketplace. so we will create an online marketplace where people are looking for care can find pulley-vetted -- fully-vetted, background-screened and referenced care givers on our network. think of a dating site, right? >> right. >> so i haven't been on a dating site, but --
come together, and they find each other. so here we are, families that are looking for care and caregivers who are looking for work. the big difference is in a dating site anyone can upload their bio. for us we have requirements. only lean on we can upload your bio. and these seniors -- and it's mostly seniors -- who are losing their independence, now they're engaged in the process of who's going to come in and help amount of difference. >> lean on we -- >> right. >> dot.com? >> dot.com. >> all right. we'll put a link up to our page. you, i'm so humbled just meeting you. >> great, thanks. >> and for more information about ron's organization go to myfoxny.com and click on the public affairs tab. you can like us on facebook and follow us on twitter. i'm antwan lewis, we'll see you
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