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November 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 


Stronger Together: Two Local Arc Organizations Join Forces as The Arc Greater Hudson Valley, NY 

The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties and The Arc of Dutchess to Unify Under New Name 

Monticello, NY (November 18, 2020) – The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties, along with The Arc of Dutchess, two of the region’s largest providers of support services for people with disabilities, announced today that both organizations will unify as one agency under a new name, The Arc Greater Hudson Valley, NY.  The announcement comes after the decision earlier this year for the nonprofits to unify and unite efforts in order to best support individuals with disabilities in the larger Hudson Valley community.  


The legal merger, which will be completed by January 1, 2021, will allow the organization to further its combined missions across the three counties – Dutchess, Sullivan and Orange. Leading the combined entity will be The Arc Sullivan-Orange’s current Executive Director, Ric Schwartz. Schwartz has been in an oversight role for the past 17 years, and successfully navigated the merger of SullivanArc and The Arc of Orange County into The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties on January 1, 2019. Schwartz has stepped in as The Arc of Dutchess' Executive Director, while Crys McCuin, former Executive Director, will continue to work with the organization in a consulting role into 2021.

 

“The creation of The Arc Greater Hudson Valley ensures the best possible future for both organizations and allows us to leverage and combine the strengths of each,” said Schwartz. “These are trying times with cuts to our field in the state budget combined with the impact of COVID-19. This unification will help us confront these difficulties and enable us to do what matters most; make meaningful change in the lives of the people we support.”

 

“Respecting and supporting what matters to individuals here in Dutchess County has always been at the heart of what we do,” said McCuin. “In joining forces with our colleagues across the river, and through Ric’s leadership, this combined organization will be better prepared to weather storms and support many more people in our community with critical and person-centered supports.”

 

All residential services, programs and supports currently provided by The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties and The Arc of Dutchess and will continue to be facilitated at the agencies’ current, respective locations. Associate Executive Director of The Arc of Dutchess, Marie Fitzmaurice, will provide direct oversight of programs and operations in Dutchess County.

 

“I am proud of our nearly 50-year history – and the supports we have provided in that time”, said Fitzmaurice. Dutchess County programs will continue to remain in Dutchess County, and as our footprint expands, we remain dedicated to the people we have and will continue to support here at home.” 

 

About The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties

The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties supplies supports and services to over 1,800 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Sullivan and Orange Counties and is a chapter of The Arc New York and The Arc of the United States. Services include Residential Services, Day Habilitation Services, Respite and Family Services, Recreational Services, Clinical and Therapeutical Services, Educational Services, Developmental Screening, Guardianship and more. Founded in 1949, the Sullivan County programs were among the first in the nation to form an Arc, which now has grown to over 600 chapters nationwide.

 

About The Arc of Dutchess

The Arc of Dutchess, a chapter of The Arc New York (formerly NYSARC), is one of Dutchess County’s largest nonprofit organizations devoted to respecting and supporting what matters to people of all abilities. Located in Poughkeepsie, NY, the organization serves nearly 1,000 people with disabilities and their families through clinical therapies and habilitation programs, along with vital services related to guardianship and employment supports, residential support, respite and other family resources, student and parent assistance in the transition from school to adulthood, recreation, and youth programs. For more information, please visit www.arcsullivanorange.org, or visit their pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 


 

 

July 28, 2020

We are proud to announce that we are new members of National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals - NADSP. NADSP is on the frontlines of creating a skilled and ethical Direct Support Professional workforce. Together, with Direct Support Professionals, people with disabilities, family members, and provider organizations, we are working to make a world of difference in people’s lives.

To learn more: https://nadsp.org/

July 24, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will begin virtual programming via Zoom.

June 24, 2020

The Arc Sullivan-Orange Awarded $67,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joan Glase-Director of Public Relations & Foundation
jglase@arcsullivanorange.org
845-796-1350 ext:1050

The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties Awarded $67,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

To support guardianship and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Orange & Sullivan County.

Monticello, NY – June 24, 2020 – The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Orange and Sullivan County, has been awarded $67,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Sullivan-Orange County’s guardianship and recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. For 2020, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,636,000 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This year, The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties received $67,000 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. 

NYSARC Trust Services awarded The Arc Sullivan-Orange $67,000 to support new recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the individuals it serves. The Arc Sullivan-Orange plans to use the recreation grants funds to offset a recreation program in Orange County that provides services to people that don’t qualify for the typical respite programs.

To learn more about The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties visit our website http://www.arcsullivanorange.org


January 20, 2020

The Arc Sullivan-Orange Awarded $15,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

Monticello, NY January 20, 2020: The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Sullivan & Orange Counties, has been award $15,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Sullivan-Orange’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 2019, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total $2,933,000 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

NYSARC Trust Services awarded The Arc Sullivan-Orange $15,000 to support new recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the individuals it serves. The Arc Sullivan-Orange plans to use the recreation grants funds to offset a recreation program in Orange County that provides services to people that don’t qualify for the typical respite programs.

To learn more about The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties visit our website http://www.arcsullivanorange.org

 

About NYSARC Trust Services

NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping more than 20,000 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 and pooled trusts for income and resource (asset) protection. 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.