The Arc of Schuyler received two grants from NYSARC Trust Services for a total of $27,500 in 2016 to support recreation and guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A $12,500 grant designated to enhance recreation opportunities was used for the construction of a backyard recreation area at one of the residences operated by The Arc of Schuyler. The new recreation space includes a deck and large cement pad to improve accessibility of the yard for residents to entertain friends and family. The space will be used for cookouts other outdoor activities and is large enough for placement of a basketball hoop, picnic table and outdoor swing. The recreation grant will also be used to purchase portable lift equipment to make it more comfortable for people with disabilities who use wheelchairs to travel for overnight leisure trips.
A $15,000 grant will assist The Arc in administering guardianship services for four people through the NYSARC, Inc. Corporate Guardianship Program. The program provides supports to people who need help and advocacy but do not have family members to assist them with understanding their health care decision making, access to services, or rights options. A volunteer guardianship committee gets to know each person and considers how they express their personal wishes, preferences, and beliefs in order to help them with decision making, keeping their best interest in mind. The Arc of Schuyler also serves as alternate standby guardianship for three people, where the agency has been designated by the person’s legal guardian to step in as advocate in the event they can no longer fulfill this role. Members of The Arc of Schuyler’s Guardianship Committee are Betsy Hoffmeier, Paty Kelly, Joyce McKinney, Tom Ruda, and Barbara Specchio with Karen Petrie, RN at The Arc of Schuyler serving as Guardianship Services Coordinator.
The Arc of Schuyler is a not for profit organization providing supports and services to more than 200 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the Schuyler County area. The organization is a chapter of the state agency, NYSARC, Inc. and an affiliate of The Arc of the United States.