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!
The Arc of Schuyler Celebrates Successful 4th Year of The Arc Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen InternationalTuesday, 11 April 2017 13:17 Written by The Arc of Schuyler
Franklin Street Gallery was awarded a $1,600 Community Arts Grant by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes for the Gallery’s All Access Art series, entering its fourth year in 2017.
All Access Art is a weekday program offering drawing, watercolor, and ceramics classes instructed by professional artists in the Finger Lakes region. Students range in ages from 8 to 70 and have included home schooled students, retirees, and people with developmental disabilities learning and creating in an inclusive and positive environment. The Community Arts Grant covers instructor and supply fees, so there is no cost to students. The classes fill quickly and often have a waiting list for enrollment.
In 2016, All Access Art student, Andrew LaVere, gave a presentation to the Horseheads Kiwanis club about autism and his participation in the program. His father, Richard LaVere, noted, “Andrew has attended many of the workshops at Franklin Street Gallery, creating everything from ceramics to amazing watercolors. The staff and instructors are first-class.” The Kiwanis club made a generous donation to Franklin Street Gallery to support continued programming for adults with developmental disabilities.
Franklin Street Gallery is operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a not-for-profit organization providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All Access Art classes begin in January 2017.