Hi! My name is Ross and I want to tell you a story about myself.
I went to school in Watkins Glen and lived with my family for many years. I moved to my new home on Canal Street in Montour Falls four years ago. I was excited about opportunities The Arc gave me. I was able to get my first electric wheelchair that I can drive by myself to wherever I need to go. I was also able to get an iPad that helps me better communicate with people. I like that I can volunteer and help other people too! I became a certified instructor to co-teach Tai Chi classes. I also help at the local food pantry.
I was happy about how far I had come, but there was still something I really wanted:
My own bedroom.
For the whole month of January, my housemates and I stayed at Watson Homestead Retreat Center while our house got a makeover. We had a lot of fun and people there were really nice, but we looked forward to going home to see all the changes and our new bedrooms. Finally it was time.
We celebrated with a ribbon cutting, and I got a key to my very own room. I opened the door and saw my TV and a closet with shelves that I can reach without help.
I couldn’t stop smiling!
With the support of my staff and family, I’m now making plans to achieve new goals.
I look forward to exploring possible jobs and earning a paycheck, learning how to manage my own money, using public transportation, and taking steps to live as independently as I can.
Thank you for your support.
Ross LaFever (Chairman, 2017 Membership and Fund Drive)
Ross is able to have his own bedroom, because people like you care.
The Arc of Schuyler needs friends like you who believe in the mission that people with developmental disabilities have rights to fulfill their dreams.
You can make a difference! Will you make a donation today to help Ross and people with developmental disabilities lead their lives with purpose and achieve their goals?
With sincerest gratitude for your support,
Michael E. Stamp (President, The Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors)
P.S. Your tax-deductible gift will create life-changing moments now and into the future for people and families who depend on The Arc of Schuyler. Thank you!