The Essential Shelf

The Essential Shelf aims to increase awareness of food insecurity to those who are returning home after being in a nursing home. Call (518) 459-6422 to organize a pick up or donation of items.

Peer Counseling

Person centered mentoring providing consumers the opportunity for personal growth to achieve goals and facilitate connections through shared experiences.

Often, the best teacher is one who has been down the road ahead of you.  Our Peer Advocates are trained individuals with disabilities who work with you one on one to mentor be self-advocates, and offer you support while making life changes.

Individual and Systemic Advocacy

We educate individuals and the community about disabilities rights and responsibilities. We work together to achieve solutions and change when needed.

Information and Referral

ASK US! We can provide you with information and referral to resources which may be available to you throughout the Greater Capital Region.

Independent Living Skills Training

Person Centered Planning is an approach designed to assist individuals to plan their life and supports. Services promote self-help, equal access, peer role modeling, personal growth and empowerment so that people with disabilities may live in the least restrictive setting of their choice.

Benefit Advisement

Individualized and group counseling and advocacy through information, education and application services on work incentives and other government benefits (SSI, SSDI, DSS, Medicare, Medicaid, the marketplace, Veterans and more).


We offer support and assistance in locating and applying for housing (private, HUD, subsidized or other) in the community of your choosing. Information is also provided on accessibility, modifications, rent utilities, home ownership and available subsidized programs.


We can work with you in: resume building, job searching, interview skills and managing your disability while working.  Additionally our Employment Specialist can assist you in learning “soft skills”, such as learning what is acceptable work and social conduct, how to maintain a job, and how to access transportation.


we assist recently released inmates transitioned back into the community. Center Advocates help former incarcerated individuals with disabilities meet basic needs such as housing, employment, independent living skill, VR services and social support


We provide advocacy and information services through our Young Adult Workforce Development (YAWD) program and other youth based programs covering access to education, employment and independent living.