Empowering People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Lead Fuller Lives

In the News



Individuals from the Amboy residence had fun at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Forest Avenue. It’s such a great time and so many people from Staten Island come out every year and celebrate their Irish heritage!



Everyone from our Hylan residence enjoyed another snow day. A snow day is always a fun day filled with games, music and pizza!



March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month “See Me as Your Co-Worker.”  The Harvest Café is proud to help teach individuals the skills that may allow them to progress in seeking employment. Here are just a few of them hard at work!


Genevieve Benoit, Executive Director and Diane Buglioli, Deputy Executive Director were both honored at the Staten Island Center for Independent Living Masquerade Dinner Dance. AVSP board members and staff all had a wonderful time at the event celebrating both of their achievements. Congratulations to Gen & Diane on this well-deserved honor!

Chef Nick from Harvest Café was recently interviewed by Pam Silvestri from the Staten Island Advance. You can see the article and food-demo video on SILive.com.


A big thank you to Costco Wholesale on Forest Avenue for their generous donation of turkeys which were distributed to our residences and cooking programs to enjoy!



Thank you to the Staten Island Heart Society who generously donated 10 defibrillators (AEDs), plus storage cabinets. The defibrillators will be placed in our various residences and program sites. We are truly appreciative to have this vital life-saving equipment!

The individuals from AVSP had a wonderful holiday season, and we hope all of our supporters did as well. A special thank you goes out to the Staten Island Lions Club for hosting their annual holiday party at our Glenwood residence. Our residents enjoyed singing holiday carols with Santa, eating delicious food and opening gifts from the club's members. AVSP is very appreciative of the Lions generosity year after year!

Billy had a great time celebrating his birthday with everyone at our Jefferson residence. They all had fun watching him open his presents and eating birthday cake. Happy Birthday Billy!


Last month, staff from AVSP and the Harvest Café, were interviewed by students from The College of Staten Island for their school project, AIM2Flourish. The story that resulted "Harvesting a Better Future" was published online. Click here to read it: http://aim2flourish.com/…/v…/1504/harvesting-a-better-future. AIM2Flourish is a UN-supported global learning initiative where students discover and celebrate untold stories about business innovations that do good. Students around the world are collecting these stories of positive business innovation so


  Harvest Café was on WPIX Pix 11 News - It's a "G" Thing Segment! 

If you missed it watch the episode here .




On May 17, 2016, Harvest Café was featured on ABC’s “The Chew”. The segment was a part of a series The Chew was doing this season focusing on how food changes lives.



Harvest Café was voted “Best Breakfast” in this year’s Best of Staten Island poll. Check us out on SILIVE.

The Harvest Cafe was featured on WABC7 Eyewitness News for Neighborhood Eats. Our thanks to Lauren Glassberg for coming and spending the time with us! To rewatch the piece again, please click here.


 Support AVSP When You List on Ebay!

Did you know, when you list an item on eBay, you can donate a percentage of your proceeds to A Very Special Place Inc.? By doing this, you’re helping AVSP as well as earning special eBay Giving Works features that can help you get more bids and higher sale prices. This can happen in 5 easy steps.

1 – List an item on eBay and choose to donate 10-100% of the final sale price to AVSP

2 – Buyer pays you when the listing closes and you ship the item to the buyer

3 – You get an eBay Giving Works Fee Credit within 24 hours of the listing closing

4 – MissionFish collects the donation from you and provides a tax receipt on behalf of AVSP

5 – MissionFish delivers funds to AVSP, minus a small processing fee, as well as your information so that we can thank you as well

Whether you’re an avid eBay seller or visit once in a while, it’s a great way to help A Very Special Place. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Development Department at 718-987-1234 x. 110 or eBay Giving Works/MissionFish.











For more information about A Very Special Place including financial information and our Form 990 please visit
A Very Special Place, Inc. on Guidestar.