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
The Arc of Ulster-Greene infuses its mission within the local Kingston community by hosting three community events that raised awareness and support of those locally affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.
On April 18, 2015, The Arc of Ulster-Greene kicked off the festivities with its inaugural Wine & Dine event held at Frank Guido’s Little Italy in midtown Kingston. Sponsored by Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, proprietor Tim Sweeney treated dinner guests by thoughtfully pairing each of the dinner’s four-courses with fine wines from around the world. The night was capped off by an exclusive auction featuring a private, wine-paired dinner for eight, donated by Frank Guido’s Little Italy and a case of fine wine. Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits graciously donated all the wine and Little Italy expertly prepared the food. The event raised $12,000 to support programs and services offered by The Arc of Ulster-Greene.
One hundred and twenty-five people came out to applaud The Arc of Ulster-Greene and their honorees at the 34th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on May 1, 2015, raising over $20,000. This year’s Humanitarian of the Year was Marc Brandt, Executive Director of NYSARC, Inc (retired). Other award winners were U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson who received the Heart of Gold Award, Helen "Sis" Gonyea of Kingston who was the recipient of the Jack Deyo Award for her strong advocy, Ollie's Bargain Outlet of Kingston as Employer of the Year and Camille Perconti of Marlboro as The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Employee of the Year. Alvin David Burrowes of Kingston, who recently purchased his first home with the support of The Arc of Ulster-Greene, won the Personal Achievement Award.
ASK (Arts Society of Kingston) opened their doors for First Saturday, on May 2, 2015, with a new exhibition in the front room entitled “Expressions: Light & Life”, featuring work by participants of The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Art Program under the direction of landscape artist and curator, Linda Puiatti. The artwork will remain at the downtown Kingston gallery until May 30, 2015 and is available for sale.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene recently announced a rebranding campaign that includes a name change (formerly Ulster-Greene ARC) and a vibrant, new logo, which aligns them with The Arc of the United States – the national umbrella organization comprised of over 700 chapters across the country. The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Board of Directors recently approved this change, helping the 59-year-old agency remove the stereotype associated with the antiquated acronym “ARC.”
Date: May 15, 2015
Ulster-Greene ARC becomes The Arc of Ulster-Greene. New look will strengthen the organization’s brand, aligning it with a powerful national presence.
Ulster-Greene ARC is proud to announce the beginning of a rebranding process, starting with a new name, The Arc of Ulster-Greene, and a vibrant, new logo that is shared with The Arc of the United States – the national umbrella organization comprised of over 700 chapters across the country. The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Board of Directors recently approved this change, helping the 59-year-old agency remove the stereotype associated with the antiquated acronym “ARC.” Throughout this process, The Arc of Ulster-Greene will continue to provide their exceptional programs and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Ulster and Greene counties.
“I am excited to introduce the new face of our organization to the community,” said John McHugh, executive director of The Arc of Ulster-Greene. “We feel that ‘ARC‘(Association for Retarded Citizens) is an acronym for an outdated title that no longer reflects the sensibility of who our organization is today. We will now refer to ourselves as The Arc of Ulster-Greene and ‘The Arc’ will symbolize the support we provide throughout a person’s life.”
The dynamic new logo will unite The Arc of Ulster-Greene with affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us” – a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect. The logo design reflects the energy and determination of The Arc, the country’s largest family-based organization. We advocate for and support people and their families throughout their lifetimes and across diagnoses, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s decision to rebrand began when both the administration and the organization’s self-advocates championed for a change. Initially, the self-advocates – a group of individuals affected by I/DD who speak or act on their own behalf as well as for others with disabilities – created a petition to officially change the name of Ulster-Greene ARC as they felt the “ARC” acronym did not accurately reflect who they are.
“This is very important. The new name will let people see us in a different way,” explained Theo Radice, president of The Arc of Ulster-Greene’s Renegades Self-Advocacy Group. “Our name and logo now joins us with seven million people who are supported by different chapters of The Arc across the country.”
Petition author Tina Amodeo reiterated that, "It's not right for anyone to be labeled retarded. I'm excited about the new name. It's great because I wanted this to be done nationally and for us to be positively recognized by the community. I am proud to be a part of The Arc of Ulster-Greene."
Over the last six decades, The Arc of the United States has been on the frontlines advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and more.
“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of Ulster-Greene,” said McHugh. “We work tirelessly to support people with varying degrees of abilities, providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.”
Date: May 7, 2015