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Our Belief: 

Learning
Growth &
Independence

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We teach people of all ages the skills they will need to live their life to the best of their ability. One way we do this is to focus on a person’s ability not disability. Consumers of our services and programs are at work every day here in our community. Living life with quality and independent lifestyles built with our encouragement and support. This focus remains at the forefront of the E. John Gavras Center’s work to assist individuals with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. Sixty-six years ago in Auburn NY, a caring community and its leadership built the E. John Gavras Center so that this community’s children would have access to local services to help them overcome special needs or challenges they may face in life; helping them to achieve the highest quality of life. Over a decade ago services expanded to include school age children and adults creating a continuum of care for individuals as they transition through critical life stages.

FUNdraiser! Join us at Skaneateles country club for a live art auction

 
For Tickets and Event Information please click here:  https://www.gavrascenter.com/art-auction-fundraiser

For Tickets and Event Information please click here: https://www.gavrascenter.com/art-auction-fundraiser

FEELINGS is the first topic on our Social Emotional Pre-School Schedule

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Preschool Services

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to enjoy life in their community by participating to the best of their ability in all it has to offer: the arts, recreation, education, and social service to others....

Day Habilitation 

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to enjoy life in their community by participating to the best of their ability in all it has to offer: the arts, recreation, education, and social service to others....

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Help us bring literacy and books home to preschool children! Your $30 donation ensures 2,400 Cayuga County preschool children enrolled in the program will continue to receive quality children's books, mailed to their home monthly!

Day Habilitation Bowling Picnic

Each year the Gavras Center Day Habilitation Program holds our bowling season at Starlite Lanes in Auburn from April to October. Here are some awesome photos from our annual Bowling Picnic held on August 7th 2019 at Emerson Park.

This gives us a chance to honor each bowler for their bowling season achievements by receiving a custom Gavras Center bowling T-Shirt as their award as well as some wonderful food and dessert. Thank you to all participants and staff for making this a great success!

 

The E. John Gavras Center Has Expanded!

Nearly three years and $1.8 million later, we are celebrating the progress of our expansion project. The ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted improvement, including a larger motor skills area, additional classrooms and a new playground. Some aspects of the project were cosmetic. The front of the building has new signage, and landscaping work improved the South Street property's appearance. Click here for images and more details regarding this project.