Through Day Services, The Arc of Schuyler is committed to providing quality instruction, skill development, and training in:
- Daily living activities to help people foster independence
- Establishing and pursuing personal goals
- Social skills
- Independent transportation
- Community involvement that will enable people to contribute to the community in a meaningful way
Life Skills and Communication - Focusing on daily life skills - curriculum addresses topics such as: how to retain privacy, performing household tasks, making smart choices, safety, what to do in case of an emergency, and more. Communication is a critical skill to building relationships with others. Participants learn sign language, how to work with others, and improve literacy.
Volunteer and Work Skills - Teaching skills for volunteering in the community: how to be safe during community service, how to work with other volunteers, how to complete volunteer assignments thoroughly and in a timely manner, and taking pride in one’s work. Actual volunteer opportunities are practical, such as making items requested by other non-profits - soaps, flower bouquets, greeting cards, mailings, etc.)
Movement and Physical Activity - Skill building in overall fitness including stretching, muscle building, and toning through creative movement, dance routines, and performance.
Wellness and Nature - Participants learn ways to move more, eat well, and reduce stress. There is also a focus on gardening and backyard science - skills that are applied through volunteer experiences such as opportunities at community gardens.
Music - Participants use percussion instruments to create rhythms, enjoy their favorite songs, explore various types of music, and learn new skills through music. Many people are engaged in private lessons in the guitar or keyboard instructed by a professional musician.
Technology - In one-on-one classes, participants can learn the basics of using an iPad for practical and recreation purposes. The Arc also holds “WiFi Wednesday” sessions twice a month where participants can work with Information Technology and other staff to use wireless internet in a social environment and ask questions about buying a device or using a device.
Visual Arts - Professional artists lead inclusive ceramics, drawing, and other classes at both Franklin Street Gallery, a community arts center in Watkins Glen and The Arc. Instructors also lead group and individual art projects such as murals, jewelry making, and painting. Many artists receiving supports at The Arc exhibit and sell their work at Franklin Street Gallery and other satellite locations in the community such as: Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, Seneca View Skilled Nursing, The Harvest Café, and Mill Creek Center.
Volunteering - Participants enjoy volunteer work at organizations such as: Schuyler County Office for the Aging Meals on Wheels, Silver Spoon Café, Schuyler County Cornell Cooperative Extension Teaching Garden, Watkins Glen Community Garden, Catholic Charities food pantries, Franklin Street Gallery, Schuyler County Head Start, Schuyler County Historical Society, and others. New ideas are always being resourced.
Wellness - Wellness programs include opportunities that focus on nutrition and physical activity. Thanks to grant funding from Cargill and our partnership with Schuyler County Cornell Cooperative Extension we are able to offer free Zumba classes, nutrition education workshops, trainings, and other opportunities.