History

Modest Community Service Association, Inc. is headquartered in Staten Island, New York. It was approved in 2004 by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (‘OMRDD”) to provide appropriate support and services to 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).

Modest begins with a belief that each person has the potential for growth and personal development regardless of disability and that each person is entitled to a meaningful life enabling him/her to pursue his/her goals and aspirations. We believe that each person should have a continuous circle of natural support and services to pursue their future goals and aspirations. Furthermore, each person should live in the most integrated community-based settings which uphold the right of each person and provides person-centered opportunities both individually 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. At Modest, we are dedicated to providing our individuals with the necessary resources to live their life as independently as possible.

Our mission is to provide a variety of person-centered services and support to help individuals with developmental disabilities gain independence, integrate into the community, and live fulfilling lives. To accomplish this mission and objective, MODEST offers a comprehensive range of person-centered support and services aimed to accommodate the needs of our individuals to enable them to acquire independent common living skills to support further community integration.

Since inception, MODEST has developed a wide range of services to address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities;

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 on a less-than-round-the-clock basis.

2006 – MODEST started providing Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC). This service assists 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) and its first less-than-24-hours Supportive Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA). In the 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 it’s 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, the first Day Habilitation without Walls Program was opened. This kind of service enhances an individual’s community skill development which may also lead to future employment.

2017– MODEST opened another 24-hours Supervised IRA to provide services for 2 individuals who require such service in the community.