Staff Highlight: Jovan Ocasio

In honor of National Direct Support Professional (DSP) recognition week, Association House highlights Jovan Ocasio, one of our outstanding DSPs. Jovan was drawn to Association House when his summer job in 1994 with the mayor’s office of Workforce Development sent him to the Association House summer camp. When the camp ended, he decided to stay on as a volunteer for the Afterschool program.


$5,000 Sadauskas Scholarship Helps College-Bound Students

Pursuing a college degree can be very expensive for students. Association House High School created the Harriet Sadauskas Educational Scholarship to assist students with their tuition and books. The $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Ashley Roman and Alejandra Ramirez, making these inspiring graduates the inaugural recipients of the scholarship.

Ashley is a Youth Scholars, Skills, Service Program (YS3) graduate who never lets anything stop her. “Ashley takes her schooling seriously and never hesitates to take on challenges that support her academic growth,” praised YS3 Program Clinician, Noura Ebrahim.


Return to In-Person Learning Makes Life Easier for Student Parents

High school students are returning to in-person learning for the first time in well over a year.  The Pandemic has made their educational process stressful and has disrupted many important areas in their lives.  For many students of the Association House High School, one of their most important commitments is parenthood.  

Jazlyn, a parenting student, shares how both she and her child have transitioned back to an in-person experience. 


Get to Know Association House’s New Development Director, Lillian Bui

Association House is proud to announce the addition of a Lillian Bui as our new Development Director.

As Director, Lillian will lead the direction of Development Department in marketing, fundraising, donor relations, grants and more. Lillian is an award-winning fundraiser and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who brings experience from both large and small non-profits.

Shortly after her joining the Association House team, Lillian detailed her prior experiences and what she hopes to bring to Association House.


2020 Annual Report Stories

For Alejandra, working at Association House has been an eye-opening experience. In her role as a Placement Worker, she finds that she wears the hat of a community member, social worker, and assistant in the Child Welfare department. While moving between roles, Alejandra has found joy in being able to branch out and learn more about requirements for adoption, licensing with the Department of Children and Family Services and maintaining a foster home.