Tom Andrus has been named the Arc of Steuben’s associate of the month for September.
Tom, who works as maintenance specialist, was nominated for his great attitude, reliability and willingness to take on any project.
“Tom can be seen just about anywhere - moving offices, rearranging them to the specifications of associates,” said Bona Elliot, who nominated Andrus for the honor. “Tom is the man we call who fixes just about everything around the many sites we have and with a little humor that we all enjoy from him. He has specifically fixed holes in our walls, broken toilet and sinks. He has painted our walls and plowed the snow.”
Elliot praised Andrus for the most recent project he and the other members of the facilities department undertook.
She said the work Andrus did during the remodeling of the Arc Way Café was “amazingly beautiful.” The café provides vocational training opportunities for individuals receiving services from the Arc of Steuben while also serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks for Arc of Steuben associates, individuals enrolled in Arc of Steuben programs and members of the community.
“The people who work out there as well as the visitors who go there to dine love the work he has done,” Elliot’s nomination said.
Also nominated as associate of the month for September was Todd Drake.
Drake serves as a direct support professional at the Arc of Steuben’s West Street residence.
The Arc of Steuben’s StArcky U Drama Club will be presenting “The Wizard of Oz” from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Haverling High School auditorium, 25 Ellas Ave.
Admission for the play is items that will be donated to the Hornell Humane Society. Requested items include paper towels, garbage bags, toys, hand soap, sanitizer, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, wet and dry dog and cat food, unscented clay litter, used, clean towels or blankets and gift cards for Walmart, Kwikfil or Tractor Supply.
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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.
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Service Coordinator Darla Naples was named the Arc of Steuben’s Associate of the Month for August.
Darla was nominated because of the time and care she puts into person-centered planning in order to provide the best service possible for the individuals she serves.
Person-centered planning is a philosophy that guides much of what takes place at the Arc of Steuben. It involves bringing the people the Arc of Steuben serves into the planning process. They are an active participant in the planning of their services, programs, social activities and other areas that have an impact on their lives.
During one such session, Darla found out that the life-long dream of one of the people she serves was to swim with dolphins. Darla put additional time and effort into making that dream become a reality.
Darla contacted MarineLand Canada and secured complementary tickets for the individual, her husband and two staff members to visit the park. Park officials also gave the woman Darla serves an opportunity to feed, pet and spend time with the dolphins after one of the shows.
Thanks in part to funds from the Wish on an Arc Star program, which provides grants to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Darla was able to give one of the individuals she serves an experience she’ll never forget.
“Darla never thought twice about doing all of this, but instead considers this as part of her job responsibility,” Darla’s nomination letter said. “ In fact, she has used the Wish Upon an Arc Star Award several times. Darla wants the individuals she supports to experience their life-long dreams and to meet their goals. Darla will use every avenue she can think of to make this happen. Darla truly deserves to be recognized as an exceptional employee . She goes above and beyond in all that she does. It is an honor to work with Darla and we are grateful for the exemplary work that she provides to everyone on her caseload.”
Also nominated in August were Cheryl Johnson, a Direct Service Professional at the agency’s VanScoter Street residence, Daniel Cruz, who is employed as the Temp Residence Coordinator Assistant at the Hamilton Street residence, and Maria Bauman, Production Supervisor.
The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State will be holding its annual self-advocacy conference Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.
The keynote speaker will be Mike Kennedy, who recently published a book about his life entitled “My Life In Institutions and My Way Out.”
Registration can be done online at http://sanys.org/news/?page_id=1780. Information and registration forms can also be received by calling 518.382.1454.
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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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