Residential Services

The Arc of Rensselaer County provides residential supports to over 170 individuals who live in over 80 locations throughout the agency's service area. The Arc provides a range of services, from the traditional group home setting to supportive apartments and life-sharing. Group residential settings provide 24-hour staff supports to a group of three or more individuals. Supportive apartments provide staff supports to one or two individuals living in their own apartment as needed. Life sharing offers live-in staff support in the same home as the person being supported. Paid neighbors offer live-near supports and reside in either the same building or complex as the person supported. The residential structure varies depending on the needs and wishes of the person supported. The Arc of Rensselaer County prides itself in creatively tailoring supports around people and their families.

Types of Residential Support

  • Group Residential Settings: Group settings provide 24 hours support. Every person has a bedroom of their own and shares common living space, such as the kitchen, dining rooms, and some bathrooms. Staffing levels are based on the needs of the people to balance safety and freedom.
  • Supportive Living Arrangments: Supportive arrangements offer residential supports without 24-hour staff. Staff schedule times and activities with the person. Some examples of typical supports are money and home management, community inclusion, and relationship building. Staff are available 24-hours a day for emergencies.
Life Sharing:
  • Live-ins: We support a number of people who like the experience of having their own home while maintaining the safety and support of having staff 24-hours a day. This option meets the needs of those who desire or need 24-hour support in a non-traditional manner. Supports are person-specific, but in all cases the home is the person’s home and the staff live with the person supported.
  • Paid Neighbors: This offers companionship and support to individuals who want to live on their own but would benefit from having immediate access to 24-hour supports. Paid neighbors can provide 24-hour emergency supports. These staff live either in the same building or complex as the person they support. They are hired by the person they support and provide individual services depending on needs. One example of these services is a paid neighbor who lives upstairs from a married couple who has a toddler. The paid neighbor offered supports throughout the couple’s pregnancy and offers the couple a great balance between independence and support.
SMALL, INDIVIDUALIZED SETTINGS

The Arc of Rensselaer County prides itself in offering small, individualized settings and is transforming its larger homes to more individualized settings. For twenty years the agency has not developed a site serving more than three people. The largest site provides services to eight people. Since 2000, three group homes have been closed and supports are now provided on a more individualized basis. Another six group homes have been downsized and now support fewer people in a single setting.

FAMILY PARTNERSHIP

The Arc of Rensselaer County offers many unique options to partner with families.

  • The Arc worked with a family to offer them 24-hour residential support to their two children while maintaining close proximity. The family worked with the agency to convert their home into two apartments. The parents reside in the upstairs apartment and their adult children live in the downstairs apartment, which is a state certified 24-hour supervised IRA.
  • The Arc worked with a mother and her two adult children to individualize their supports. One son had received traditional supportive apartment services. State regulations were not appropriate to his needs, so the agency partnered with the family to transition him to non-certified, self directed supports. Her other son lived in a traditional supervised setting with two others. The agency partnered with the family to think of creative ways to meet his needs. He still receives 24-hour supports, but instead of living with two others, he lives with his mother and sister. Both men have been very successful in their individual services and neither had to change homes.

The Arc Summer Camp

The Arc of Rensselaer County’s Summer Camp is a six-week inclusive program serving campers ages five to 21 years old. The home location for the camp rpgoram is Tamarac Middle Schools.  The program is packed with onsite and offsite activities, including but not limited to bowling, a day at the movies, a trip to The Great Escape, and arts & crafts.  There are also fun theme days such as Favorite Superhro Day and Olympic Day.

For information on the 2016 Summer Camp program, which begins on July 5, please contact Craig Bujold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call him at 518-273-6600 ext. 2014.

The Arc of Rensselear County provides transportation to and from day camp for participants as needed (baded on location) within Rensselaer County.

Sign up today for the CAMP OF FUN and experience it for yourself!

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Self Directed Services

In its more formal offering self-directed support is labeled Consolidated Supports and Services, CSS is a support option offered by The Arc of Rensselaer County. It gives the individual and their family the opportunity to co-design and direct their supports. In CSS, we can provide service start-up and brokerage services, act as a fiscal administrator and provide the supports as identified by the individual.

The Arc of Rensselaer County has spent several years learning to have partnerships with the individual and their family to have successful support arrangements. We have many people living life in the way that they desire, either by themselves or with non-disabled roommates or paid neighbors. Many people have jobs, volunteer opportunities or even going to College. For more information please contact by email Lisa Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Self Advocacy

Citizens Speaking Out is a local group of self-advocates who strive to make a positive difference by encouraging others with disabilities to make their own decisions and become more independent. This group held their first conference, sponsored by The Arc Foundation, on September 23, 2015 with self-advocates, parent advocates, The Arc staff, and political officials in attendance. Throughout the conference, key issues of universal concern were raised, such as residential opportunities, managed care, finding and retaining qualified individuals in Direct Support roles, employment & wages, and transitional services. Additionally, self-advocate participants participated in breakout sessions of interest to them, including staying healthy, managing stress, and developing intimate relationships. Disability Activities, Chester Finn, was the keynote speaker.

This Self-Advocacy group also meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to discuss other items of interest and concern to them.

Testimonials and Success Stories

Fourteen years ago I met a very special young woman who changed my life forever. I grew up here, I learned about relationships and unconditional love. I always tell people that once you meet the people you will be supporting you will form a bond that lasts forever. I have learned the joy in assisting people to achieve the things in life that matter to them.

–Lisa Anderson, Director of Family Supports & Self-Direction
The Arc of Rensselaer County

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