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
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
LGBTQ Social Group
09-17-2015 5:00 pm
2015 Roy A. Gonyea, Jr. Fall Golf Classic
09-21-2015 10:00 am
Wiltwyck Country Club
Guild of Awesomeness
09-24-2015 6:30 pm
Albany Avenue Building
09-28-2015 6:00 pm
Albany Avenue Building
2015 Holiday Auction
11-13-2015 5:30 pm
Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF)