... And why It Matters to YOU!
Earlier this year, we asked for your help to deliver an important message to Albany through the Families Cannot Be Caregivers Forever campaign on our Facebook Page. Thank you to those who "liked", "shared" and, most importantly, shared their stories to make this important point real!
Our struggle for recognition of our community's need and fair allocation of funding continues. To keep the momentum going, NYSARC, Inc. and all its chapters across New York State are rallying for support in our new campaign, It Matters To Me. This initiative focuses attention on issues impacting people with developmental disabilities, staff that provide services to them and their families.
Once again, your voice is key!
Our goal is to build public awareness while collecting compelling evidence through the It Matters To Me campaign to encourage state legislature and the governor to include the needs of individuals with I/DD, our staff who provide top notch services and families in their planning for next year's budget.
Our topics that we want to drive home to Albany are:
Please add your voice to ours by sharing your story and photos. Tell us how we've helped you or your family, why you deserve a better wage and why these necessary services should continue to receive state funding.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene is being awarded $372,299 from the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Public Transportation grants program, more commonly referred to as 5310 funding. The Arc of Ulster-Greene joined County Executive Mike Hein and other county officials at the Ulster County Office Building to be recognized and discuss the award.
“The Arc of Ulster-Greene is excited for this opportunity to partner with our Ulster County government and regional transportation provider, UCAT,” states John McHugh, Executive Director of The Arc of Ulster-Greene.
“County Executive Mike Hein consistently advocates for increased collaboration between public and private entities. His philosophy is directly in line with The Arc of Ulster-Greene as we believe that part of our mission as an organization is to integrate with the community and create meaningful partnerships. At The Arc, we support over 1,300 people with developmental disabilities and we know that the number one barrier between workers and jobs is transportation. This is not just our challenge, but that of many in our community. We are proud to be part of a solution that expands access to transportation to every great citizen in Ulster County.”
Currently, The Arc of Ulster-Greene offers Transportation Services to approximately 200 adults that are affected by an intellectual or developmental disability, utilizing 14 fixed routes that pass through 40 towns, villages and cities within Ulster County. The 5310 funding will allow for The Arc to purchase at least 5 new wheelchair vans and routing software, which will be used to enhance the current routes offered by The Arc of Ulster-Greene and improve efficiencies in service delivery.
“I would like to thank County Executive Mike Hein, who supported this endeavor, and Dennis Doyle, Director of Planning for Ulster County, who recognized this opportunity and helped move it forward. Both they and this administration continue to champion public and private partnerships and we are pleased to be able to take part in this initiative.”
Date: August 26, 2015
The Arc of Ulster-Greene was grateful to have the Executive Director of NYSARC, Mr. Steve Kroll, spend a day visiting with The Arc of Ulster-Greene on June 9th.
During his visit, Mr. Kroll was able to visit Theo's Bottle & Can Returns, an enterprise of The Arc of Ulster-Greene that employs a dozen employees, helps keep the environment clean and has a mission of hiring a diverse workforce. While there, he was also able to get a sneak peek at the equipment for The Arc's newest workforce investment venture, Cut 'N' Hedge, made possible through recent grant monies by New York State's Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
His next stop to our Palmer Homes and Palmer Annex. While there was able to meet staff, people who call Palmer their home and take a tour of our Annex that we would like to transform into a training center in the near future.
Mr. Kroll then had some "downtime" and got to do a little shopping at The Arc of Ulster-Greene's Just-A-Buck store in New Paltz before heading back to Kingston to sit in on an agency Board of Director's Meeting.
"It was a wonderful day and I thank everyone for their hospitality. I want to commend The Arc of Ulster-Greene for their tremendous dedication, enterprising spirit, and caring support for the people that we support. Ulster-Greene is a special place with a lot to be proud of," said Mr. Kroll following his visit.
"We are thankful that Steve was able to take time out of his busy schedule to come visit with us. Steve brings a new and exciting style of leadership that I believe will help The Arc of Ulster-Greene and NYSARC meet the challenges that lay ahead of us. We look forward to working with him on new and exciting endeavors," added John McHugh, Executive Director of The Arc of Ulster-Greene.
Date: June 10, 2015
It is said that if you give a man a fish then he eats for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime. The Arc of Ulster-Greene believes this philosophy to be true as our mission is to support people to live a full life by coaching, teaching and mentoring so they may reach their own highest levels of independence.
On a crisp May morning, more than 150 people from The Arc of Ulster-Greene converged on Lippman Park in the Town of Wawarsing for a fun day of fishing. This annual outing has been happening for the past decade thanks to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York Conservation Officers Association (NYCOA) and the Ulster County Sportsmen Federation, who each contribute to this fishing experience.
“I guess it’s just we all enjoy the day,” acknowledged Marion Hoffman, retired NYS Environmental Conservation Officer, NYCOA Membership Coordinator and organizer of the annual fishing event.
“It makes everyone feel good to be involved with this project and to give back to someone else who may otherwise never have the opportunity to experience a day of fishing. Some of the people who participate have attended year after year, and they remember certain officers and have formed a friendship with them.”
"I want to thank all the volunteers who helped give us this wonderful opportunity to spend some time in the outdoors and go fishing," said John McHugh, Executive Director.
"The fish weren’t biting as much as we would have liked, but there were still plenty of smiles and laughter all around. This event would not have been possible if not for the good people at the Department of Environmental Conservation who supplied the fishing poles and bait. Our thanks to all who made this day very special."
Date: June 1, 2015