Empowering People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Lead Fuller Lives

In the News



The New Dorp individuals enjoyed National Donut Day at Dunkin Donuts. The donuts were delicious!


Individuals from our ETA program had a great time when they visited Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor for some delicious ice cream!



Benton residence individuals enjoyed a delicious brunch at the Harvest Café. Don’t forget to stop by the café and enjoy their great food (www.harvestcafe-si.org).


The Jefferson residence and The Network program both enjoyed a day out visiting the ships for this year’s Fleet Week!



Everyone at AVSP would like to thank the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, conducted by John Altschuler, from Boy Scout Troop 37 and all the scouts who volunteered their time and painted the handicapped railings at our New Dorp Lane location. They all did a great job!



The Community Center held its 37th Annual Sports Award Dinner on June 12, 2018 at Li Greci’s Staaten. Congratulations to all the athletes who won awards that evening. We are so proud of all them!


Alma and Buffy from the Glenwood residence had a great time when they went to the St. George Theatre to see “The Wizard of Oz”. What a great show!



There haven’t been many spring days…but the individuals from our New Dorp Day Hab enjoyed one recently by taking walks at Wolf’s Pond Park, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Park. They all made the most of the beautiful weather!


Thank you to the St. John Villa Academy Key Club for selecting A Very Special Place to be the recipient of the proceeds from their annual Fashion Show. It was a wonderful event and we are very appreciative of their generosity!


Individuals from The Network program enjoyed themselves on their recent trip to a park in Bayonne, NJ. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors and have a picnic!


A Very Special Place, Inc. was proud to be an exhibitor at the Special Needs Resource Fair. Thank you to Senator Andrew J. Lanza and the JCC of Staten Island for sponsoring this great event!

Thank you to the Staten Island Lions Club for providing the individuals from the Glenwood residence with a fun-filled day of bowling at Rab’s Country Lanes on Hylan Boulevard. They provided the bowling lanes, shoe rentals, pizza and soda for everyone. What a terrific time was had by all!

Congratulations to staff member, Patrick Tulay, who received the Robert Witkowsky Direct Support Recognition Award from the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

Genevieve Benoit and Diane Buglioli, our Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, were honored at the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon by the Staten Island Advance for their extraordinary service to the community. Congratulations to Gen and Diane and all the honorees!


Thank you to the Staten Island Heart Society who has generously donated 10 defibrillators to AVSP. They also conducted trainings for the individuals who work at the Harvest Café on how to use this life-saving equipment. They all had hands on training and were very focused on learning how to use the equipment.


  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.