“Walk a mile in my shoes.”
That’s an invitation we might not want to accept from someone who is unemployed, hungry, hurting or disabled. But are any of these circumstances impassable? Not with 2009 Nyack College alumnus Carlos Martinez offering the help of BRiDGES, the non-profit organization he leads.
Today the social work major is CEO and executive director of the New City, NY agency gearing up for an event, “In My Shoes,” on Thursday, March 7, 2019 beginning at 6:00 PM at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center, 334 Route 9W, Palisades, NY. The evening will be a platform for featuring the success stories of individuals who are living independently and triumphantly despite their disabilities. Other community advocates who support them will also be in the spotlight.
Martinez explains, “BRiDGES is a peer-run, cross-disability service agency offering advocacy, educational, employment and housing support for people.” The disabilities he speaks of may be mental or physical conditions. The non-profit also educates employers, educational institutions and organizations with information and guidance on matters related to the American With Disabilities Act. He adds, “Our work is provided by the hands of employees who are people with disabilities who themselves experience the complexities as well as the opportunities life brings when you live with a disability.”
The compassionate leadership of Carlos Martinez and the “In My Shoes” initiative typifies the work that is championed by alumni engaged in work locally and around the globe.
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