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Brunswick Center Services

Brunswick Center Services (BCS) is a group-based day habilitation program that supports citizens of our community who are developmentally disabled. BCS offers both community-based and site-based supports, with a focus on advancing community membership, personal wellness, and meaningful relationships.

BCS offers specialized supports to people with intellectual challenges along with physical and/or mobility concerns and who may be aging. Although supports are mostly provided in a group settings, the person and their interests and unique gifts are always honored.

Three Little Libraries

A local Eagle Scout, Nick Fisk has constructed three Little Libraries, all miniature replicas of local Brunswick landmarks, to put up in three locations around Brunswick.

There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. Brunswick Center will now be one of the locations. There is currently a group of volunteers from Brunswick Center that will be helping to supply and maintain the library locations.

Thank you Nick Fisk and all of those who helped in this process!!

Life Enriching Programs

The Art Project Gallery: Brunswick Center Services strives to offer new and exciting activities for the people we support. Creative art-based activities are one of the many ways we meet that goal. In 2007 BCS began hosting a visual arts class which was intentionally designed to elicit individual interest and expression in the visual arts. Throughout this class indviidual talent began to emerge promoting artistic expression that moved beyond a simple activity offered within Brunswick Center. It was the recognition of a genuine gift hidden deep within an individual.

To date, we have successfully experienced eight visual art openings, developed a line of greeting cards, and maintained a functioning gallery named "The Art Project Gallery". The walls of BCS are adorned with a rotating theme of paintings, prints, and 3-D media. The many BCS guests that visit us on a daily basis often comment on the artwork or the sense of "community" our program exudes.

The Sensory Garden: The vision of a sensory garden holding a safe and soothing space for BCS paritcipants to experience a peaceful natural setting was conceived in 2005.

Our Sensory Garden is nestled within BCS grounds and is joined by a meandering pathway through lush beds of flowers, a performance deck, and a calming waterfall. This beautiful place invites people to relax and attain a calming state- one may sit at one of the many umbrella tables or follow the pathway through vibrant hydrangeas, tulips and butterfly bushes.

In addition to the garden, we also maintain a fully functioning greenhouse as a means to harvest various types of vegetables. As community members, BCS participates annually with the Town of Brunswick NY Farmers Market. Our “Arc Market” tent highlights our organically grown veggies, floral bouquets, and fresh herbs. Our active participation with local events is just one of many ways we assist individuals to genuinely contribute to their community.

Like any garden, the Sensory Garden, is expected to evolve, grow and flourish. It continues to be a setting for new experiences – horticulture, education, and personal wellness. This garden renews and provides pleasure to the senses of all who spend time there.

Testimonials and Success Stories

I love working with so many very good, very kind, helpful and humble staff, and I enjoy the team spirit. I like the administration’s recognition of personal needs and pleasures in terms of reasonable flex time. I love the “family spirit” as well. Many of us have become lifelong friends. I also love the benefit package – it is very valuable.

I have learned to remember that some, many people, our customers, have it harder in almost all aspects of being alive; I now am more aware of the need to upgrade their experiences and also advocate for social respect for them. I would recommend that people learn, for themselves, more about who is less fortunate, to get involved in a personal and experiential way, to say hello, to decidedly open their hearts and see the reality of these persons’ dilemmas and perhaps get involved in solutions; Then I would recommend they volunteer, help financially if feasible, and if inclined, consider a career or a vocation in a helping field. Finally, I would encourage them to talk about these matters with their friends, family, and everyone they know and meet. Pass it on - Plant a seed - Grow it!

–Sally McCracken, Innovation Specialist (7 years) and Relief Staff (10 years)
The Arc of Rensselaer County

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Our Mission

Advocacy

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.

Resources

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

Community

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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