CREDIT: WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- On Tuesday, Congressman Tom Reed met with the Arc of Schuyler board of directors to discuss problems they're facing, like funding, as well as taxing non-profits for employee parking.
"These are the stories that allow me to go back to Washington and to fight for and say these are real people, these are real impacts and make sure that the face is brought to the numbers," said New York's 23rd district representative, Tom Reed. "So that's one of the primary missions of being here and to come firsthand."
Representative Reed then got a walk through of the Glen Copack facility during its construction. Glen Copack, which specializes in food manufacturing, which will provide job training and employment opportunities to people with developmental disabilities.
"You see what they're trying to do and the vision of connecting the dots, and kudos to Jeannette and her team and the board here for being proactive and to take the economic interests of the community, tie it with the mission of The Arc and put together a win win relationship," said Reed.
For Arc officials, they think the talks with Reed went well.
"I was really pleased he was aware of the issues. He was aware of some of the push nationally to close sheltered workshops," said Arc of Schuyler Executive Director, Jeannette Frank. "I was glad he was interested in knowing that alternatives are needed to that. You can't just close the doors and put people on the street. You have to give people meaningful things to do and he seemed to understand that."
Other Media Coverage:
- Spectrum News Southern Tier: Food Manufacturing Site in Schuyler County Expanding, by Nicholas Phillips
- WETM News: Tom Reed visits Arc of Schuyler
- Odessa File: Reed tours The Arc of Schuyler's facility
- The Leader: Reed sees Arc of Schuyler renovations
- Photos from the visit on The Arc of Schuyler Facebook page