The Arc Lexington Receives NYSARC Trust Recreation Grant

Lexington, a not-for profit organization that supports people with disabilities in Fulton and Albany counties, has been awarded $15,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support Lexington’s 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 2018, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,778,500 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This year, Lexington received $15,000 to develop new recreational opportunities to enrich the lives of the more than nearly 1,000 people it supports. This grant money was used to provide recreational opportunities to individuals who attend the Day Habilitation, Family Services and Creative Expressions programs at Lexington.

The Day Habilitation program at Lexington offers approximately 120 individuals the opportunity to participate in a wellness plan called Engaged and Empowered. This plan offers daily activities ranging from adaptive sports and physical activities to gardening and cooking classes, as well as nutrition courses that focus on healthy eating. This year, for the first time, people participated in an adaptive water skiing program on the Great Sacandaga Lake. This program was a huge success and was enjoyed by all who attended. When describing the experience, participants used words such as “awesome”, “amazing”, and “thrilling” and said they are looking forward to the next event. One participant said he has never felt so “free” as he did while participating in the adaptive water skiing program.

People also participated in an Orienteering program in which they used a specially created detailed map to select routes and navigate a course through diverse and unfamiliar terrain. This was a truly unique experience that taught the participants valuable navigation skills that can be utilized in many other situations.

Additionally, through the grant we purchased 6 Jamboxx units, which are hands-free electronic, breath-powered instruments that bring the joy of music creation to people of all ages and abilities. These are a very exciting addition to our program that will allow many people to experience the joy of making music.

Gift cards were also used to access recreational opportunities at arts and cultural centers in the community such as the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and other area businesses where people could experience indoor and outdoor recreation events in a smaller setting.

The Family Services program held a 10 week summer recreational program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.  Approximately 25 teens and young adults attended full-day activities that included classes run by certified instructors in Art, STEM, and Culinary arts; as well as, team building, sports, community outings, volunteering, and social skills activities.

Family Services also utilized the grant to fund a variety of recreational and social events. Each week during the summer, people attended museums and historical sites, such as the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) and the USS Slater. They also enjoyed bowling, movies, laser tag, and attending a gym specially adapted for children on the autism spectrum. All of these events and activities afforded participants an opportunity to practice social skills in a fun atmosphere. Approximately 150 people attended these events.

The Creative Expressions program offers evening and weekend activities to people who live in the community. One of the activities that the program offers is playwriting and acting. In the fall, a group of people performed an original play in front of an audience from the community including family and friends. The play was a huge success in building self-esteem and confidence. The play was written with the support of a literacy instructor, a local musician aided in rehearsing and performing the musical numbers, and a local producer assisted in the execution of the performance. The next endeavor of this talented group of people is making a movie. In order to assist with the production of this and future projects, a camcorder, film editing software, and a projector was purchased. In addition to recording and film editing, this will allow the performers to review their performances and determine areas to improve their skills.

 

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 their website at www.nysarctrustservices.org.

Lexington Receives NYSARC Trust Recreation Grant

The Trustees of the NYSARC, Inc. Trust have approved a remainder fund grant of $12,500 per chapter to provide recreational opportunities for people they support. Last year the Chapter received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services to enhance the Encounters Social Club at Lexington. The social club brings together people in recreational venues from all over Lexington and the community to help combat isolation and provide opportunities to meet others with like interests. Approximately 60 people were served by the grant last year.

The funding this year was used by the Encounters group, the Commit club and by a group from the Lexington Family Services. A portion of this year’s funding was used by the Encounters group to continue the social activities that were started last year. Membership mixers were held as well as dinners out, dancing, football and video gaming nights. Each event offered club members a supportive venue to meet new people and experience new activities. Approximately 65 people attended the Encounters events.

The Commit club provides people with opportunities to experience outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and fishing. The focus is on teamwork and health and wellness activities while promoting positive social interactions in the community and at home. The grant funding was used to purchase items such as snowshoes, fishing gear, and backpacks. Approximately 30 people were served through the Commit program.

Funding was also used for various recreational events for people served by Lexington’s Family Services program. Trips to Disney on Ice, movies, recreational events, the Aquarium and other venues were made possible for people who may never be afforded such an opportunity. Also provided were social skills coaching and training opportunities in a recreational setting for teens and young adults. Approximately 125 people benefited from the grant funding under the guidance of the Lexington Family Services program.

In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide. A total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants was awarded in 2016 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: our website www.nysarctrustservices.org, phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or e-mail info@nysarctrustservices.org.

LEXINGTON RECEIVES NYSARC TRUST RECREATION GRANT

The NYSARC Trust Services Board has provided Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc., with a remainder fund grant of $8,000 to provide recreational opportunities for people supported by Lexington. Last year, Lexington received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services for $10,000 that went toward purchasing recreational game equipment such as foosball tables, ping pong tables, air hockey tables and pool tables.

The funding is providing for Encounters, a social club that brings together young people from all over Lexington, the community and other agencies and helps combat the isolation that often follows graduation from school. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase long-lasting materials such as video game equipment, snow shoes, art supplies and games. The grant will also support other, less durable expenses that generate excitement and keep the group engaged, such as promotional items, catering and gift certificates to defray the costs of some activities.

In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide and a total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants were awarded in 2015 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. Information about how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you is available by visiting www.nysarctrustservices.org, calling 1-518-439-8323 or 1-800-735-8924 (toll-free), or e-mailing info@nysarctrustservices.org.

For more information about Encounters, Lexington’s members-only social club, please contact Katherine Ehle at ehlek@lexcenter.org or (518) 736-3909.

Lexington Receives NYSARC Trust Recreation Grant

The NYSARC Trust Services Board has provided Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc. with a remainder fund grant of $10,000 to provide recreational opportunities for people supported by Lexington. Last year, Lexington received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services for $6,000 that went toward the purchase of adaptive wellness equipment. This funding is providing for a variety of recreational games such as foosball tables, ping pong tables, air hockey tables and pool tables. These new games will allow the men and women supported by Lexington to be further engaged in activities that interest them. Each of the game options will provide new opportunities for social interaction and fine and gross motor skill development, both of which are goals of Lexington’s health and wellness program, Engaged & Empowered.

In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $1,660,500 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide and a total of $2,207,880 in remainder grants were awarded in 2014 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits.

Information about how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you is available by visiting www.nysarctrustservices.org, calling 1-518-439-8323 or 1-800-735-8924 (toll-free), or e-mailing info@nysarctrustservices.org.

Lexington Receives NYSARC Trust Services Guardianship Grant

The trustees of the NYSARC Trusts authorized $1,668,250.00 in restricted grants from the NYSARC Trusts Remainder Funds to be paid to NYSARC Chapters for the exclusive purposes of funding Chapters’ guardianship program operating expenses. Last year, the Lexington - Fulton County Chapter, NYCARC, Inc. received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services not only for the guardians to ensure the continuity of care and oversight, but also to help provide new experiences for individuals in their environments and community and to help those individuals develop meaningful relationships.

This grant allows for individuals to have opportunities and experiences that they might not be able to fund themselves. For instance, individuals were able to live out dreams like going to a Yankee game at the Yankee Stadium, attending the theater to watch a play, spending a weekend at a spa to celebrate a birthday and making a relaxing sensory area. Lexington– Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc. plans to use these funds in the same fashion this year.

In addition, remainder fund grants in the amount of $10,000 per Chapter were awarded to support NYSARC recreation programs statewide. A total of $2,207,880 in remainder grants were awarded in 2014 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits.

Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: our website www.nysarctrustservices.org, phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or email info@nysarctrustservices.org.

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