Celebrating 40 Years of Service
On June 29, we celebrated Donna Wilson's retirement after 40 years of faithful service to the Schoharie ARC and the people we support.
As a Bus Driver, Donna has driven millions of miles and supported people throughout her career in this single capacity. She has developed loving, caring relationships with some of our most challenging, some of our quietest, and some of our most outgoing individuals. She has grown along with them in their abilities, their new homes, their arrivals..., and moves, and even their decline in health and stamina. As a Bus Driver, she has had the pleasure and the pain of being the first or last sounding board for thousands of people as they start or end their days at the Arc. She has worked with three Executive Directors and numerous supervisors, endearing herself to each with her compassion, her wit, and her loyalty to this organization. Thank you for 40 years of service, Donna. You will be missed.
Congratulations on 146 Years of Service
Recently, we celebrated the anniversaries of employees with 146 of collective service to the people supported by the Schoharie ARC.
Pictured (L-R): front- Myrtle VanLeuven (15 years); Stephanie Castro (5 years); Melody Gathen (20 years); and Jodi Liddle (30 years). back- Pamela Porter- Wilsey (20 years); Rudy DeVries (10 years); Garritt Lockwood (30 years) and DeAnn Bodmer (5 years). Not pictured but also celebrated were: Adam Kutinsky (5 years); Matt Lape, Tom Madison, Christian Pearsall, Jodi-Ann Gurley, Suzanne Hegarty and Tammy Harp (1 year).
Cobleskill United Methodist Church Helps 'May' Showers Blossom into New Friendships into Flowers at Our Pine Street Home
A very special thank you to Cobleskill United Methodist Church who spent a rainy Saturday to rebuild outdoor wooden planters that were in poor condition at our Pine Street residence as part of their annual “Church has left the building” volunteer program.
They have graciously volunteered their time over the last several years at our Pine Street and High Street residences performing volunteer duties and helping the individuals who reside in this home meet new friends and forget new relationships with members of the church family.
A special thank you to Brian Hayes for spearheading this project.
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DelCoro and Richards Featured at NYSACRA Art Exhibit
Congratulations to Jonathan DelCoro and Stephen Richards who both had artwork exhibited at NYSACRA's 2017 Annual Art Show & Reception this week. The art show features the incredible artwork of individuals served by participating NYSACRA organizations across the state. In addition, Jonathan sold an additional 9 pieces of his artwork at the event.
Schoharie ARC Foundation Sponsors Jean Emerson Scholarship
To apply, please complete application and mail with requirements to: Jean Emerson Scholarship, c/o Schoharie County ARC, PO Box 307, Schoharie NY 12157.
You can download and print the fillable pdf application (save the documents to your computer before emailing) by clicking here: /arc/assets/File/Scholarship Brochure 2017- fillable.pdf.
Completed applications and accompanying materials can be emailed to: email@example.com
3-6 p.m. in the Annex Building (first building to the left as you enter the campus). No appointment necessary.
Schoharie County ARC Receives Recreational Grants from NYSARC, Inc.
The Trustees of the NYSARC, Inc. Trust have approved a remainder fund grant of $12,500 per chapter to provide recreational opportunities for people they support. Last year the Schoharie County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (Schoharie County ARC) received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services to benefit the Red Rose Project , which provides opportunities in the creative arts for people supported by the Schoharie County ARC and the Wellness Together Initiative, providing educational supports to help people supported by the organization to make healthier lifestyle choices.
The Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC Inc, plans to use the funds in the same fashion this year. In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $ 1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide. A total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants was awarded in 2016 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits.
Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: our website www.nysarctrustservices.org , phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooking with Love Raises Over $20,000 To Benefit Schoharie ARC
Weinhofer Takes Top Honors.
Nachamkin & Tague Take 2nd & 3rd
2016 Cooking with Love Chefs: Pictured are (L-R) Alfred D’Alauro, Martin Diaz, Mario Diaz, Michael Brooks, John DeSanto, Gregory Hurd, Stephen Ramos, Tony Alvarez, Gene Nachamkin, Paul Miles-Matthias, Tom Bowes, Brian Hayes, Devin Tetlak. Back row: Dale Case, John Matt, Larry Stanley, Darren Bratcher, Floyd Guernsey, Adam Kowalski, Harry Strole, Rich O’Connor, Steve Weinhofer, David DiNicola, Rich Bialkowski, Chris Tague and Brian Tetlak.
The 5th Annual Cooking with Love Event was a huge success thanks to the 25 Chefs who took part in the day's festivities. Over $20,000 was raised to benefit the Schoharie ARC. The Golden Stove Award for the most tips was awarded to Steve Weinhofer who raised over $8,000, folllowed by Gene Nachamkin who raised over $5,000 and Chris Tague who raised over $2500. All proceeds will benefit the Schoharie ARC Foundation.
The event was attended by 130 people and was held at Settle's Hill Banquet Center in Altamont on Sunday, October 23rd. Guests enjoyed dishes prepared by the chefs and sampled everything from Soups, to sandwiches and sliders, entrees and desserts. A special thank you to our Chefs, our volunteers, DJ Patrick DelRosario and entourage, our organizers, our guests, and of course, our sponsors: Fenimore Asset Management, SEFCU, Cobleskill Stone Products and Carver Sand & Gravel.
For more information on becoming a chef for the 2017 Cooking with Love, please contact Tammy Ruise at 518-295-8130.
Watch the Video clip from WNYT, here: http://wnyt.com/news/cooking-with-love-altamont-schoharie/4299230/
Congratulations, Jerry Williams
2016 Joslin Outstanding Performance Award Recipient
#EmploymentEmpowers was a fitting theme for NYSID’s Annual Meeting on September 21 at The Saratoga Hilton, as individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, small businesses, New York State agencies and municipal agencies were all recognized for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.
Jerry Williams, who works in packaging/labeling with Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries in Schoharie was recognized as one of two recognized statewide with NYID's 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Awards.
The William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award is NYSID’s most prestigious people-centered award. In its 13th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized more than 650 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.
“I really like the hours and the people I work with,” Jerry Williams said. “And the money I earn helps me support my family, pay our bills and buy the things we need.”
In 2016, NYSID has recognized 59 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers statewide. This includes New Yorkers with disabilities in the following regions: 21 Capital Region/Hudson Valley residents; 15 New York City and Long Island residents; 12 Western New Yorkers; and 11 Central New Yorkers.
“NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “In doing so, we salute the 2016 Joslin Outstanding Performers as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State’s workforce.”
Congratulations, Jerry. Watch Jerry's story here (courtesy of NYSID) :https://www.youtube.com/watch