For Immediate Release

Easterseals New York Moves into Expanded New Facility in Port Jervis

September 28, 2023

Media Contact:
Susan Walsh

Easterseals NY’s New Space Adds Classrooms to Expand Its High-Quality Preschool to Children in Port Jervis Area as Well as To Better Serve Families in Need

Easterseals Has Been Serving the Port Jervis Community and Surrounding Region for More Than Two Decades

Photos of the event can be Found Here 

A large group of people standing outside the new ESNY Project Discovery at Port Jervis cutting the ribbon to open the new space on September 27, 2023.

New York, New York – Easterseals NY, a subsidiary of The Fedcap Group, officially moved into its new facility for its Project Discovery program in Port Jervis.  Located at 197 Jersey Avenue, the facility has modern preschool classrooms which will provide a fully integrated educational program for both children with special needs and those without in full-day schedules.

In addition, the larger facility allows for expanded therapy space for children who may need services ranging from speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and counseling. The space has a bright, modern design with ample storage and office space for staff and equipment. 

The facility also serves as a base for community outreach, providing a monthly food pantry offering fresh, frozen and canned foods, breads and desserts as well as clothing toiletries, laundry soap and cleaning products. These outreach efforts are accomplished by several grants and private donations, with further support from Shop-Rite, the Port Jervis Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police, and Port Jervis Fire Department.

“We are thrilled to open this new facility with Easterseals New York, which has a deep and rich history of giving back to the communities in which it operates, continually providing innovative programming that improves the lives of the people they serve,” said Christine McMahon, President and CEO of The Fedcap Group. “The new space furthers our overall mission of creating opportunities and removing barriers to well-being for people of all ages.”

“The new space at Port Jervis means a lot to Easterseals New York. We are doubling the number of classrooms and serving more children with diverse needs,” said Mary Moran, Executive Director of Easterseals New York. “As we continue our community outreach program, our new space will enable us to better serve people who continue to experience economic instability.”

“For over 100 years, Easterseals New York has made a positive impact on communities by ensuring that people with disabilities and their families have opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities,” said Mark Legaspi, Board Chair of Easterseals New York. “We’re so proud of the Port Jervis team’s work; they are a shining example of dedication to the community.”

“Project Discovery has been working with children from age three to five years, and we’re so excited to move into our new home,” said Kiley Trigani, Director of Project Discovery. “Our increased number of classrooms, gym, and expanded therapy space are geared to meet the needs of a range of students, and our families are as excited as we are to make the move.”

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of families in need, and we’re currently serving 1,000 families per month,” said Barbara Kuczyra, Nurse and Outreach Coordinator for Project Discovery. “The new location will help us continue to meet the needs of these families for food, clothing, household items and basic needs.”

“The City of Port Jervis is honored to continue our long relationship with Project Discovery as they move into their new location on Jersey Avenue,” said Kelly B. Decker, Mayor, City of Port Jervis. “I have had the opportunity to tour the facility and I’m honored to know that all those today and in the future will benefit from this newly expanded state-of-the-art facility and classrooms. We wish Project Discovery all the best for years to come.”

“Port Jervis is very lucky to be the new home for Easterseals’ newest operations center,” said Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark). “The work they've done with children with special needs is extraordinary, and the staff they provide to those students and families are second to none. I'm so honored to welcome them to Port Jervis, and want to wish the faculty, staff and families nothing but the best as they begin this new chapter.”

About Easterseals NY
Easterseals New York was founded in 1922 and joined The Fedcap Group in 2015.  For over 100 years, ESNY has continued to make an impact by ensuring that people with disabilities—and their families—have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.

About The Fedcap Group
Since 1935, The Fedcap Group has developed scalable, innovative and potentially disruptive solutions to some of society’s most pressing needs. The Fedcap Group serves over 250,000+ people each year across an international footprint. The work of The Fedcap Group is structured within four major areas of practice—workforce development, educational services, health services, and economic development—and delivered through a growing number of top-tier companies—each focused on helping people with barriers achieve long term economic well-being.

Susan Walsh
The Fedcap Group

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