The Arc Westchester Awarded $242,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services
To support guardianship and new recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Westchester County
HAWTHORNE, NY – August 1, 2018 – The Arc Westchester, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Westchester County, has been awarded $242,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to Support The Arc Westchester’s guardianship and recreation programs.
NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can make dramatic improvements in 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, The Arc Westchester received $227,000 to provide guardianship services for people with developmental disabilities who would not have otherwise had a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by the chapter staff and community volunteers, The Arc Westchester’s Guardianship Program currently provides guardianship supports and services to 100 people and is ready to assist more as needed.
NYSARC Trust Services also awarded $15,000 to develop new recreational opportunities to enrich the lives of program participants. The Arc Westchester plans to use the recreation grant funds to go towards The Annual Spring Ball, a semi-formal dinner dance held for over 500 individuals and The Gateway Gala, a semi-formal dinner dance for 56 young adults. The funds also provide support of the Gateway Lounge, an after work/school program that teaches individuals life and social skills.
The Arc Westchester is the oldest and largest agency in the county supporting children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Over 800 employees provide more than 2,000 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life.
The mission of The Arc Westchester is to empower children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, to achieve their potential by strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests.
The Arc Westchester’s vision is a world in which children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future
The Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.
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
About The Arc Westchester Foundation
The Arc Westchester Foundation’s mission is to increase public awareness and to raise financial support from the community, generating income through long-term investments, and making contributions to support services for people with developmental disabilities served by The Arc Westchester. Visit www.arcwestchester.org.
The Arc Westchester is a chapter of The Arc USA and The Arc New York.