Alyssa Cox, of Savona, was named the Arc of Steuben's Associate of the Month for January.
Alyssa, who works as an Employment Specialist, was nominated for her involvement in the Pathway to Employment program and for teaching Bridges classes.
"Alyssa is a hard-working young lady who continues to take on whatever is needed of her to make the programs we provide as successful as possible," Angela Bills said in Alyssa's nomination letter. "Alyssa also goes out of her way to make sure that each person that steps in to help her does not go unnoticed."
Angela also said that Alyssa is constantly offering to bring people to volunteer opportunities. She said that Alyssa works hard and often goes above and beyond to make her programs a suceess.
Also nominated for associate of the month for January was Sue Smalt. Sue works in Administrative Support. She received the nomination because of her ability to multitask and for always having a positive attitude.
The Arc of Steuben has received a grant from the John G. Ullman and Associates Foundation to expand its Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) education program.
Beckie Austin, senior program coordinator and chair of the Arc of Steuben's Autism Resources Taskfoce, said the $2,079 grant will serve two purposes.
A portion of the funds will be used to provide childcare during information and training sessions on ASD that will be held throughout 2015. Last year more than 40 families took part in the "Knowing Someone with Autism" sessions. Austin said more expressed interest, but could not attend because of the lack of qualified child care.
The grant will also partially offset the cost of a one-day conference the agency is organizing for late 2015. The conference is still in the planning stages, but organizers envision bringing in an expert on ASD as a guest speaker. Breakout sessions are also planned for the event.
"Autism Spectrum Disorder impacts nearly one out of every 68 children born today," Austin said. "A person diagnosed with ASD can endure a host of behavioral and social difficulties that impair their daily functioning. Education increases the understanding and uses effective, research-based practices for children with ADS."
The Arc of Steuben has received accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). The accreditation runs through 2018.
CQL has been the preeminent organization for more than 40 years in defining, measuring and improving the quality of life for all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Steuben becomes the only human services agency within Steuben County to receive the CQL Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation. Only 28 agencies in New York State have received this prestigious accreditation.
The person-centered philosophy championed by CQL and embracede by the Arc of Steuben places the people receiving services in control. The programs and services they participate in are not dictated by what others think is best for them. With guidance from their Circle of Support, the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities make decisions based on their interests, passions, dreams and desires.
"Accreditation establishes a partnership with an organization with more than 40 years of leadership and peer-reviewed research focused on increasing people's quality of life," said Jean Jensen, the Arc of Steuben's Chief Strategy Officer.
As part of the accreditation process, the Arc of Steuben undertook a top-to-bottom evaluation to determine how well the agency conformed to CQL's standards for person-centeredness.
The agency also held a two-day intensive series of meetings that included members of the leadership team, associates from different departments throughout the agency, members of the board of directors and people who receive services from the organization. The group examined what the agency does well, areas it could improve and specific steps to enact these improvements.
Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns said the evaluation techniques that were part of the CQL accreditation process give the Arc of Steuben another set of tools in the agency's quest for continuous improvement.
We at the Arc are committed to the people we support," Bernie said. "With the assistance of CQL, we now know how we can get better at what we do."
Shanna Gardner, of Hornell, was named the Arc of Steuben's Instructor of the Month for December.
Shanna, who serves as the agency's Controller, was recognized for the trainings she held as the agency moves toward a new time sheet system.
"Shanna had 13 trainings within three weeks in October, Gardner's nomination letter said. "Nine of the trainings were in one week. Shanna did a fantastic job. She kept the trainings upbeat and positive, explaining why we were changing to a new time sheet system. Associates and supervisors left the training knowing exactly what was coming and how to use the system. Shanna answered everyone's questions with confidence. She spoke at every training like it was the first one."
Also nominated for December Instructor of the Month honors was Jonathan Stromsness, of Bath. Jonathan works in the Community Supports Department as a Planning Specialist. He was recognized for a Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) training he recently led.
The individuals in the StArcky U Day Hab program treated the associates at the Arc of Steuben's Industrial Park complex to a holiday concert. Under the direction of Chris Lynn, the talented musicians presented a variety of holiday and non-holiday songs they've been practicing for months.
Among the musicians who took part in the concert Lynn Craig, Andrea Rose, Marianne Frascella, Kristina Gossie, Ann Mathers and Mike Cotter played piano, Dennis Milliner, Sam Potter and Laurie Clark played guitar and Jessica Saul played drums.
The friends, family members and associates in the audience were very impressed with the musical talent on display.
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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’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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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