Over the past 50 Years, we’ve been honored with prestigious awards
There is a natural connection between effort and results. Success however, only comes through dedication.
Read on, and learn how our continual efforts to improve outcomes for the neediest New Yorkers has led to the accolades and recognition below.
Maria Rodriguez, MPA
In recognition of her outstanding performance and “above and beyond” dedication, we’re proud to announce Maria as one of our Rising Stars.
Maria Rodriguez is a multifaceted Latina female with roots from her native country of Ecuador. Maria was raised in the Bronx – a borough with a wide array of diversity. She remains connected to the Bronx through her career in Health services; helping those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised in society.
ACCESS is one of longest NYSDOH approved Care/Case Management providers serving the Bronx and upper Manhattan, recognized as CM experts by community partners, clients, and the DOH/AI. We are available 24 hours to connect members & loved ones with the best medical-well care or drug treatment services while helping with housing/ legal/court problems, HASA, PA, SSI benefits, recreation and any barriers preventing independence.
Celebrating the dedication and spirit of Mary “Spiritt” Taylor – Argus’ favorite story.
On March 1, 2011, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg celebrated Women’s History Month with the launch of “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen,” a video series produced by the Commission on Women’s Issues in collaboration with Emmy award-winning NYC Media that shines a spotlight on extraordinary women of New York City.
When Mary Taylor arrived in New York City in 1948 with no skills, education or support system, she found herself sleeping in Penn Station. Suffering drug and alcohol addiction, Mary sought to turn her life around. In 1969, Taylor joined the Argus Community, which provides the South Bronx and East Harlem with programs to assist people with substance abuse issues and then educate them to become Substance Abuse Counselors. Mary Taylor’s organization, Argus Community, Inc. (Argus) has trained hundreds of women who were on welfare or some other form of public assistance to become economically self-sufficient. Approximately 91% of these women were connected to jobs with benefits and opportunities for advancement.
With her thirty plus year career with Argus, Mary “Spiritt” Taylor has devoted her life to building the Argus “community” and help severely disadvantaged teens and adults – with a large number of women’s programs–to free themselves from poverty and drug abuse and build new lives based on responsibility, work, and hope. Argus provides a drug-free, safe, and nurturing environment in which persons living on the fringes of society can acquire education and skills and transform maladaptive attitudes and behaviors.