History

Modest Community Service Association, Inc. is headquartered in Staten Island, New York. In 2004 it was approved by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (‘OMRDD”) to provide appropriate support and services to the individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families. Effective July 13, 2010, OMRDD officially became the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).To accomplish its mission and objective, MODEST offers a comprehensive range of person-centered support and services aimed to accommodate the needs of individuals to enable them to acquire independent common living skills to support further community integration.

MODEST begins with a belief that each person has the potential for growth and personal development regardless of disability at any age. Further, we believe that each person is entitled to a meaningful life enabling him/her to pursue his/her goals and aspirations.

In light of this, we believe that each person should have a continuous circle of natural support and services to pursue his/her goals and future aspirations. Each person should live in the most integrated community-based settings which uphold the right of each person and provides a person centered opportunities for an individual and/or on a group basis.

From time to time these reality-based natural supports and services might require a review and refinement as each person’s needs and goals change to reflect their current life circumstances.

Since inception, MODEST has developed a wide range of services to address the needs of individuals.

2005 – MODEST started providing services by opening its first two Individual Support Service residences (ISS), for individuals who preferred this kind of living arrangements. These residences provide individualized support and services often on a less-than-round-the-clock basis.

2006 – MODEST started providing Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC). This service assist individuals with developmental disabilities in gaining access to federally approved Home and Community Based Services-Waiver (HCBS).

2009 – MODEST opened its first 24-hours supervised Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA).

In the same year, MODEST opened its first less-than-24-hours Supportive Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA).

In summer of the same year, MODEST opened its first Options for People Through Services (OPTS) Blended Day Program. This program provides Day Habilitation and Pre-vocational services. These blended services enhance individuals’ opportunities for meaningful employment.

2010 – MODEST opened its first two (“PORTAL”) residences. These residences accommodate the needs of three individuals who require a narrow range of support and services to live independently.

In the same year, MODEST opened its first Day Habilitation without Walls Program. This kind of service enhances individual’s community skill development which may also lead to future employment.