The 21st annual Arc Star Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 3, at the Bath Country Club. The cost is $75 per player and includes 18 holes with a cart, a continental breakfast, lunch on the course, a banquet dinner after the event and a gift bag.
There will also be raffles and contests during the tournament, including closest-to-the-pin, hole-in-one and longest drive contests.
The field is limited to 32 four-person teams. For more information or a registration form, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the Arc of Steuben’s Ethel Strickarz Memorial Scholarship.
This $500 scholarship, which was created to honor the memory of longtime Arc of Steuben director of development Ethel Strickarz, is open to public, private and home-schooled students and adult learners who will be attending college in the fall of 2016. Applicants must be majoring in human services, special education or a related field that works with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as physical therapy, psychology or speech pathology.
Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship can receive more details from their guidance counselor or by contacting Bob Recotta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for this scholarship is Feb. 29.
The janitorial service team of Michelle Schlesing, Rebecca Shutt, Derreck Elliott, Travis Davis, Sam Taft, Amy Harrington, Kathy Harrington, Valerie Howe, Rosemary Bennett and Patti Walczak was named the Arc of Steuben’s Team of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2015.
The team was nominated after Steuben Janitorial Service added several local wineries as clients.
“The challenge was that this opportunity came along at a very busy time of year for janitorial crews that were fully scheduled and also had the extra demand of seasonal salt work commencing,” the nomination letter, written by Tracey Yorio and Matt Mehlenbacher, said. “On short notice a lot of extra effort was needed to coordinate this temporary change in addition to fulfilling normal duties – all with the level of quality that is our norm.”
The nomination letter said that team members were willing to take on additional hours, adjust their schedules and train for new skills.
“This effort was a monumental coordination requiring the cooperation of many people,” the letter said. “All of this team pulled together and made it happen.”
Also nominated for Team of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2015 were the physical count inventory team of Dody Putman, Barb Krisher and Pam Failing, the StArcky U Hornell Day Hab team of Amy Holland, Christina Stoll, Melissa Garner and Sherry Charles, and the rehab team of Patti Walczak, Kristin Kashmer, Rosemary Bennett and Valerie Howe.
Katie Learn has been named the Arc of Steuben’s Associate of the Month for January.
Katie serves as a direct support professional at the Arc of Steuben’s Pinney Road home. She was recognized for her ability to find coverage for shifts when there are staff shortages due to vacations, illness or unexpected vacancies. The nomination letter, written by Bona Elliott, said Katie was also willing to take on additional shifts herself when unable to find adequate coverage. She has also been willing to cover shifts at other Arc of Steuben homes when necessary.
Bona also praised Katie for the job she did training another Arc of Steuben associate who wished to take on more responsibility as a direct support professional.
Katie's dedication to the agency and the people she supports is illustrated by her willingness to take on any job necessary.
“Katie is an amazing worker who goes above and beyond all the time,” Bona said. “Over the last few months Katie has been working with me diligently on organizing records that were stored in the basement at the Pinney Road home. We had more than 20 boxes of records dating back to 2002 for all the people we supported who lived in the residence. Katie took her time to go through each box and to ensure they were correct, which was very time consuming. This was a very huge task that needed to be done.”
Also nominated were Linda Woodring, direct support professional, Briana Fowler, assistant director of human resources, and Don Evia, sales/purchasing manager.
A Hornell man has gained increased mobility and freedom thanks to the Arc of Steuben and the Family Reimbursement program.
Nicholas DiBella has Down’s syndrome. One aspect of Nicholas’ disability is pain in his knees and legs. Nicholas’ pain is so great that long outings involving walking are difficult for him. Thankfully, Nicholas and his family were able to receive assistance through the Family Reimbursement program.
The Family Reimbursement program compensates families for some of the expenses of raising a child with an intellectual or developmental disability. According to Eliza Miller, Quality Enhancement Specialist, families who qualify for the Family Reimbursement program can submit expenses related to their child’s disability and are not covered by Medicaid for reimbursement. Examples of expenses that could be eligible for Family Reimbursement include medication, adaptive equipment, physical and speech therapy and educational and resource material such as books and DVDs.
Each person with a disability can submit up to $1,500 annually for reimbursement.
In Nicholas’ case, his family was able to purchase an Adaptive Star Axiom Improv Push Chair. Because Nicholas’ family met the Family Reimbursement program’s income guidelines, the cost of the chair was initially covered by the Arc of Steuben. The agency was then compensated by the program.
The chair was delivered to the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex in Bath and was assembled by Arc of Steuben associates Eric Buisch, Stacey Rodbourn and Eliza Miller.
Nicholas’ mother said Nicholas was thrilled with his new push chair and the added freedom and mobility that it offers. He insisted the chair be kept in the living room so he could sit in it even at home.
For more information about the Family Reimbursement program, including details on qualifying for the program, contact Eliza Miller at email@example.com or at 607.622.1898.
The Arc of Steuben's 2015-16 Fall/Winter newsletter is now available. It contains stories about consultant Lon Winters' visit to Printers Plus, results of the 2015 Arc Star Golf Classic, our Associate of the Month honorees and other stories about all the great things happening here at the Arc of Steuben.
To read the latest newsletter, click here.
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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