Brooks Honored as Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS) Self-Advocate of the Year
Michael Brooks was named Self-Advocate of the Year by the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). Michael is a recent graduate of the SANYS U and a member of the Schoharie County ARC. This statewide recognition is given annually to an individual that has worked hard to speak up for themselves and others and has done something that has improved the lives of other people with developmental disabilities or others in their community. Cynthia Gilchrist, the Capital-North Regional Coordinator for SANYS said Michael was nominated for spearheading efforts to educate his peers and his community about bullying. With the help of other self-advocates from Schoharie County ARC and Herkimer ARC, Mike has given several Anti-Bullying presentations and continues to work diligently on anti-bullying efforts and increasing awareness of how it impacts people of all abilities.
Mike received his recognition on November 25th at a special presentation at his honor.
Schoharie County ARC Garden Club Presents at New York State Day Service Providers Symposium
The Schoharie County ARC Garden Club presented at the New York State Day Service Providers Symposium held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga on November 15th. Anne Reynolds, a direct support professional in Day Habilitation Services prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the symposium. She was accompanied by active Garden Club Members, Deb Newton and Bill (pictured here). The presentation focused on the various benefits of participation in this project including: opportunities to learn about growing and maintaing a garden; opportunities to encourage teamwork and collaboration; opportunities to enhance health and wellness amongst our consumers and staff; as well as greater access to fresh, healthy foods and learning opportunities for using them in recipes.
The Garden Club also shared photos of the Harvest Luncheon that they hosted at the Schoharie Day Program site- where club members served homemade soup and zucchini bread using vegetables harvested. The savory meal was enjoyed by nearly 100 people.
This project was funded in part by the New York State Day Service Providers and the Schoharie County ARC Foundation.
"The Really Big Show" A Smashing Success!
The Red Rose Project presented, "The Really Big Show" talent show on November 16th at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School Auditorium.
Acts included a performance of "Flame" by the entire cast of Red Rose performers; Irish Step dancing led by Kate Watson; Ukulele performances led by Larry Mazza; a performance by the Red Rose Choir under the direction of Cherie Stevens; a performance by the Red Rose Rock Band led by Larry Mazza; a Mime act led by Julia Walter; and the comedic take on "Snow White" under the direction of Cherie Stevens.
Here are some highlights of the event:
Schoharie County ARC Group Makes Handmade Hats, Scarves and Halloween Bags for Schoharie County Community Action Program
Schoharie County ARC's Middleburgh Day Habilitation Program donated hats, scarves and Halloween Bags for Schoharie County Community Action Program's (SCCAP) Coats for Kids event. The items were handmade by individuals served at the Middleburgh-based Day Habilitation site. SCCAP's Director of Community Service ,Denelle Baker rearmed on the 'high quality of the workmanship.'
Last year, this group also made hats and scarves for Catholic Charities.
Schoharie County ARC is dedicate to supporting our community and giving back to other not-for-profit service organizations, as well as supporting the individuals we serve in having opportunities to express their gifts and talents. This is but one small example of meeting this mission.
Click here to read the thank you letter from SCCAP: /arc/assets/File/Thank%20you%20letter%20to%20ARC%20from%20SCCAP.pdf