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 even
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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.
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).
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.
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/
Schoharie County ARC Foundation Accepting Applications for the Jean Emerson Scholarship
The Jean Emerson Scholarship Award honors Jean Emerson and her outstanding and dedicated service to the Schoharie County ARC and the field of education. The scholarship provides financial assistance for higher education to Schoharie County residents pursuing a career in the field of Human Services. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 2nd. To download an application, please click here /arc/assets/File/Scholarship Brochure 2014(1).pdf
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.
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
Brooks Honored as Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS) Self-Advocate of the Year
Michael Brooks was named Self-Advocate of the Year by the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). Michael is a recent graduate of the SANYS U and a member of the Schoharie County ARC. This statewide recognition is given annually to an individual that has worked hard to speak up for themselves and others and has done something that has improved the lives of other people with developmental disabilities or others in their community. Cynthia Gilchrist, the Capital-North Regional Coordinator for SANYS said Michael was nominated for spearheading efforts to educate his peers and his community about bullying. With the help of other self-advocates from Schoharie County ARC and Herkimer ARC, Mike has given several Anti-Bullying presentations and continues to work diligently on anti-bullying efforts and increasing awareness of how it impacts people of all abilities.
Mike received his recognition on November 25th at a special presentation at his honor.
Frisbee Named As Employee of the Year for New Pathways Supported Employment Program
Douglas Frisbee was named New Pathways 2013 Supported Employment Employee of the Year. Doug is currently employed with Dining Services at SUNY Cobleskill. Before working for the college, he was a fourteen year employee of the George Mann Tory Tavern (until the owners of the Tavern retired).
(L-R) Schoharie County ARC Executive Director, Douglas Frisbee, and Patrick Coffey, Job Developer, New Pathways.
Schoharie County ARC Garden Club Presents at New York State Day Service Providers Symposium
The Schoharie County ARC Garden Club presented at the New York State Day Service Providers Symposium held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga on November 15th. Anne Reynolds, a direct support professional in Day Habilitation Services prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the symposium. She was accompanied by active Garden Club Members, Deb Newton and Bill (pictured here). The presentation focused on the various benefits of participation in this project including: opportunities to learn about growing and maintaing a garden; opportunities to encourage teamwork and collaboration; opportunities to enhance health and wellness amongst our consumers and staff; as well as greater access to fresh, healthy foods and learning opportunities for using them in recipes.
The Garden Club also shared photos of the Harvest Luncheon that they hosted at the Schoharie Day Program site- where club members served homemade soup and zucchini bread using vegetables harvested. The savory meal was enjoyed by nearly 100 people.
This project was funded in part by the New York State Day Service Providers and the Schoharie County ARC Foundation.
"The Really Big Show" A Smashing Success!
The Red Rose Project presented, "The Really Big Show" talent show on November 16th at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School Auditorium.
Acts included a performance of "Flame" by the entire cast of Red Rose performers; Irish Step dancing led by Kate Watson; Ukulele performances led by Larry Mazza; a performance by the Red Rose Choir under the direction of Cherie Stevens; a performance by the Red Rose Rock Band led by Larry Mazza; a Mime act led by Julia Walter; and the comedic take on "Snow White" under the direction of Cherie Stevens.
Here are some highlights of the event:
Schoharie County ARC Group Makes Handmade Hats, Scarves and Halloween Bags for Schoharie County Community Action Program
Schoharie County ARC's Middleburgh Day Habilitation Program donated hats, scarves and Halloween Bags for Schoharie County Community Action Program's (SCCAP) Coats for Kids event. The items were handmade by individuals served at the Middleburgh-based Day Habilitation site. SCCAP's Director of Community Service ,Denelle Baker rearmed on the 'high quality of the workmanship.'
Last year, this group also made hats and scarves for Catholic Charities.
Schoharie County ARC is dedicate to supporting our community and giving back to other not-for-profit service organizations, as well as supporting the individuals we serve in having opportunities to express their gifts and talents. This is but one small example of meeting this mission.
Click here to read the thank you letter from SCCAP: /arc/assets/File/Thank%20you%20letter%20to%20ARC%20from%20SCCAP.pdf