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The Arc of Rensselaer County Awarded $68,500 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

To support guardianship and new recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Rensselaer County

Troy, NY- June 12th 2017- The Arc of Rensselaer County, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Rensselaer County has been awarded $68,500 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc of Rensselaer County’s guardianship* and recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and SSI. For 2017, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,793,500 in grants to NYSARC Chapters statewide.

This year, The Arc of Rensselaer County received $53,500 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by Chapter staff and community volunteers, The Arc of Rensselaer County’s Guardianship Program currently provides guardianship supports and services to over 12 people and is assisting 2 more as a Standby or Alternate Standby guardian.

NYSARC Trust Services also awarded The Arc of Rensselaer County $15,000 to develop new recreational opportunities to enrich the lives of the more than the 100 members it serves. The Arc of Rensselaer County plans to use the recreation grant funds to let a significant amount of adults and children attend different events and places they may have never been able to experience. We hope to help those that we support participate in adventures and endeavors that encourage a happy and healthy lifestyle, once in a life time experiences and community inclusion.

To learn more about The Arc of Rensselaer County visit our website www.renarc.org or our Facebook page The Arc of Rensselaer County. If you have any questions or inquiries about our agency feel free to call (518) 274-3110 and we will direct you to the right department.

About The Arc of Rensselaer County

The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.

The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

About NYSARC Trust Services

NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping more than 16,000 people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. Our trust programs give people with disabilities the opportunity to remain in their communities with greater comfort and independence while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones.

NYSARC Trust Services administers first- and third-party supplemental needs trusts, pooled trusts for income and resource (asset) protection, and individual trusts. When protecting settlement proceeds with a NYSARC Community Trust, we can also administer Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) accounts. For more information, please call (518) 439-8323 or visit us online www.nysarctrustservices.org.

Testimonials and Success Stories

“They say the days are long, and the years are quick”

By Tracey Hempel
Associate Executive Director of Community Supports

April 29, 2016 will be my 20th Anniversary with The Arc of Rensselaer County; thankfully it’s also a Friday! I can say for certain that when I crossed over the river, I didn’t anticipate the journey that I was about to begin. We had 28 hour shifts back then, I was a floater (DSP) which meant I worked at every location, but Hoosick St., Detroit and Euclid Ave were places that I called home. They were the absolute joys of my work schedule; now that’s not to say that I didn’t love other place or people, but I had an undeniable, almost innate, connection with the people who lived in those places. I look back at those memories, like I do my childhood memories. For all intents and purposes, they could be because no place and no one person has defined me more than The Arc. Ok, maybe my kids and my husband have had a hand in shaping me too, but in three years, I will have been working at The Arc for half of my adult life. I would be lying if I told you that statement doesn’t impact me; I am who I am because of all of the people who I have crossed paths with over the years, all of the experiences they shared with me and the lessons that came along the way. For that, I am thankful.

(Tracey is shown in the picture above with Rob Beza in 1997)

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Our Mission

The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay.
The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.
The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

The Arc of Rensselaer County
79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
(518) 274-3110

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