This has been an incredible year for our Wish Upon an Arc Star program. In 2014 we gave out eight grants totaling more than $3,000. These wishes provided therapeutic and medical equipment such as weighted blankets and heated car seats; enabled an individual to socialize and take part in community activities such as an adult baseball league; and provided individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to fulfill lifelong dreams of taking an airplane ride, seeing a favorite band in concert and visiting New York City for a Yankees game.
These dreams are made possible through donations made during last year’s Holiday Appeal. Money from last year’s campaign also provided training equipment for our café for individuals who dream of community employment.
We hope that you can partner with us this year as we look forward to making many more wishes come true in 2015. Click on the link below for the 2014 Holiday Appeal form.
The Fall 2014 Newsletter is hot off the presses and full of information about what's been going on in our agency, including the 50th anniversary celebration, news about individuals served by the agency and recognition of the great job our associates do every day.
To view our latest newsletter, click on the link below.
The Arc of Steuben will host an informational meeting entitled "Reshaping of Vocational Services" from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the Arc of Steuben's Industrial Park complex, 1 Arc Way, Bath.
The session is being held to provide information to individuals in the Arc of Steuben's Vocational program and their families about changes to Vocational and Employment services.
For more information, call the Arc of Steuben at 607.776.4146.
Crystal Buckley was named the Arc of Steuben’s Associate of the Month for November.
Crystal was nominated because she personified the agency’s person-centered philosophy when facing a challenging situation.
“Recently we began providing vocational services to someone whose needs were unclear and began to change in a fairly brief period of time,” Crystal’s nomination letter, written by Patti Walczak, said. “Crystal was there from the start as a key player in the communication between members of the circle of support, assessing and assisting regularly and providing updates.”
According to Patti’s letter, Crystal used the person-centered approach to find out what the individual did and did not want. She listened to him, gained his trust and became someone with whom the individual could share his desires, concerns and hopes.
“His situation deteriorated quickly, requiring the efforts of many service providers,” Patti’s letter said. “Crystal continued to offer her knowledge and support, being there to advocate for him even when he wasn’t able to effectively communicate himself. She continues to be a support to him as an advocate, even after he has moved out of the county. She is an example of who we are as an agency, committed to excellence, respect, communication and individual success.”
Also nominated for Associate of the Month honors for November were Brett Flint and Teresa Hall.
Eric Buisch was named the Arc of Steuben’s Instructor of the Month for November.
Eric was nominated for a developmental disabilities awareness class he recently taught.
“Eric was a very entertaining trainer,” the nomination letter said. “He was very passionate about what he taught and wanted us to really understand what it was like being in the shoes of a person with developmental disabilities. He did this through activities that kept me engaged and gave me a whole new perspective on what it is like to have a disability.”
Also nominated for instructor of the month was Mary Kuhlmann. Mary received her nomination for the choking prevention training she provided in October.
The Arc of Steuben’s Quality Living and Giving Back Club is looking for donations of gently used hats, gloves, scarves, coats, heavy socks and other cold-weather apparel.
The donations will be given to the Red Door Community Kitchen, which is a ministry of St. Thomas’ Church.
The Quality Living and Giving Back Club members volunteer at the Red Door Community Kitchen.
Anyone wishing to donate can drop their donation off at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex, 1 Arc Way, off Route 54 between Bath and Hammondsport, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.
For more information, contact Mariah Snyder at 607.622.1877 ext. 2146.
Quality Living and Giving Back Club looking for volunteers for Habitat for Humanity build
The build will be held Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information, please contact the Southeastern Steuben Habitat for Humanity at 607.936.4444, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.habitatcorning.org.
The Arc of Steuben’s Giving Back Club is compiling kitchen starter kits to be distributed to local domestic abuse shelters. They are currently seeking dinner plates and silverware for the kits.
Anyone who has dinner plates or silverware to donate can drop them off at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex, 6838 Industrial Park Road, Bath.
For more information, email Lisa Rosekrans at email@example.com.
We help them. Since 1964, Arc of Steuben has supported people with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn life skills, build careers for themselves and live as independently as possible.
We help them do more. We help you and your community with the businesses we operate. We provide Steuben County's largest network of public transportation. We match employers to talented employees.
We help people with developmental disabilities soar. When they soar, they help you soar.
The complete catalog for the Arc of Steuben’s Lending Library is now on the website. The library is searchable by category, with the categories listed on the page. You can also use the Search field to search by title, author, topic or type of media (book, cd, dvd, game, etc.).
To use the library catalog select the Resources menu above and click on Lending Library, or click here.
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