Celebrating 30 Years


Understanding People, Providing Homes and Serving Communities

Yvette Brissett-Andre and the Board of Directors of Unique People Services
cordially invite you to celebrate
the Unique People Services 30th Anniversary Annual Gala


Individual of the Year

Brittany Dixon

We are dedicated to providing a home and supportive services to persons with special and challenging needs–men and women we consider to be members of our family.
At time marker 2:20 Unique People Services Executive Director, Yvette Brissett-Andre discusses 2050 Grand Concourse as a green building

Our Future:
2050 Grand Concourse

Opening Fall 2022


ABC 7 Journalist


Joe is a full-fledged, purebred New Yorker. He was born in Brooklyn. He attended P.S. 198 until the sixth grade when his family moved to Northern Westchester County. He is a graduate of John Jay High School in Cross River.

After high school, Joe continued his education at SUNY Brockport, where he earned a B.S. in Communications. Along with his wife Fran and their two boys, Joe still lives in the town where he grew up.

Joe joined the Eyewitness News team as a general assignment reporter in 1996. Throughout the last two decades he has established himself as one of the premier street reporters here in the nation's #1 television market. Versatility is his strength. Crime, politics, religion, education, transportation, business, whatever the subject, Joe has covered it all with an engaging and energetic style that fellow New Yorkers have come to know and love.

Perhaps most memorable for viewers has been Joe's extensive coverage of Pope's John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. Before the death of John Paul II, Joe followed the globe-trotting Pontiff on his trips to Cuba, Mexico, and the Holy Land, providing New Yorkers with local angles to worldly events. Joe was at the Vatican for the Pope's Silver Anniversary and for his death, when millions flocked to Rome to say goodbye to the spiritual leader. Joe was at St. Peter's Square in April of 2005 when the white smoke from the Sistine Chapel informed the world of the election of Pope Benedict the XVI. Three years later Joe provided in-depth coverage of Pope Benedict's visit to New York. Joe returned to the Vatican and St. Peter's Square in March of 2013 for the historic election of Pope Francis, the church's very first Pontiff from Latin America.

Two days a week Joe comes in from the street and heads to the anchor desk. Each Saturday and Sunday evening Joe serves as Co-Anchor of the 5, 6 and 11 o'clock editions of Eyewitness News This Weekend.

Joe also serves as Host of 'Tiempo,' a 30-minute public affairs program aimed at the ever-growing Latino population in the New York metropolitan area. 'Tiempo' airs each Sunday morning at 11:30.

Joe's distinctive storytelling ability garnered him a Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for his reports on the world-changing events of September 11th. Joe also earned an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Greenpoint Gas Tank Implosions in 2001.

Joe started his television career in 1987 as an NBC Page in New York. His first reporting job was at WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia where he served as a general assignment reporter and beat reporter covering county government. Joe then moved to ABC affiliate WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to work as a Consumer Reporter, general assignment reporter and Weekend Anchor. In 1992 Joe landed a job as the Jersey Shore correspondent for Disney/ABC-owned WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.



UPS operates Supported Housing Programs located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, which provides permanent housing to over 800 individuals annually.

2050 Grand Concourse is an award-winning 96 unit, sustainable, mixed-usage, mixed-population, mixed-income, new construction, supportive housing residence that will further the UPS mission to provide housing and health services for those in need.



Bruno Frustaci Contracting
Bruno Frustaci Contracting

Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc. is a Brooklyn based full service Construction Company providing site development, project management, and cost control to the public and private sectors. We have a background covering a wide range of residential, commercial, public, institutional, and infrastructure building projects throughout all of the New York City five boroughs. We also perform excavation, pile driving, and concrete forming, placing and finishing services.

Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc. provides superior project management and general contracting services to a diverse client base in New York City. Combined, our leadership possesses more than 40 years experience in the industry. That background includes strong relationships with a vast array of top professionals in all trades. Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc. expertise lays in the public sector of New York City with projects in new construction, multi-unit gut rehabilitation, and landmark properties. We have worked on many well-known New York City landmarks including the Gibb Mansion in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and the Denison-White Mansion in the Longwood section of the Bronx.

Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc., is 2nd generation family owned and controlled. The siblings Antonio, Bruno, and Caterina Frustaci, together have built a successful company and today are regarded as one of the leading construction companies in New York City.

The Richman Group
The Richman Group

Since its inception in 1987, The Richman Group has thrived and grown into the nation’s 7th largest residential apartment owner.

The Firm, through its 12 offices located nationally, conducts a wide range of development, equity investment, mortgage financing, asset management and property management activities. The Richman Group has a major presence in both the luxury rental apartment and affordable housing sectors.

The Richman Group and its affiliates are active in the development of a wide range of luxury and affordable residential housing.

Richman affiliates have developed more than 26,000 residential units. The firm is capable of delivering the entire development process in-house from site selection through marketing and management, and in some cases construction services. Their expertise with identifying high-quality, well-situated properties with strong market potential and/or a favorable capital structure has been part of our success as a developer. These skills have been combined with a national reputation for their financing creativity.

Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Magnusson Architecture and Planning

For more than 30 years Magnusson Architecture and Planning has been centered on socially responsible housing and community development. Their design approach prioritizes inclusivity, quality, sustainability, and health, and begins with the understanding that everyone deserves beautiful, safe, supportive communities.

Their work includes affordable, supportive, senior, transitional and market rate housing; schools and community facilities; and community-centered planning and urban design. Since 1986 they’ve completed over 100 affordable, supportive and senior housing developments, comprising more than 12,000 new homes.

They are well-acquainted with the myriad public funding sources layered in affordable housing finance including agency expectations for design excellence. They also have significant experience with resident-in-place renovations, community engagement and sustainable development targeting LEED, Passive House, Enterprise Green Communities and NYSERDA certifications, as well as net zero energy use.

MAP’s design work is focused on inclusivity, quality, sustainability and health as means of delivering public value.

Sustainability has always been fundamental to MAP’s approach – their Melrose Commons was the first project in New York State to receive Stage II LEED-Neighborhood Development certification.

MAP’s design work includes buildings at the highest levels of LEED, Passive House and near net zero energy, as well as the latest energy efficiency technologies and measurements of embodied carbon.

Individual Of The Year
Individual Of The Year

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