To support guardianship and new recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Westchester County
HAWTHORNE, NY – July 30, 2019 – The Arc Westchester, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Westchester County, has been awarded $237,500 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 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 over $2,733,577.00 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.
This year, The Arc Westchester received $222,500 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.