1. You can come to work every day knowing that you are making a real and meaningful difference in your community. Helping people with and without disabilities in Wayne and surrounding counties is our core mission, and we believe that is a mission you can be part of too, no matter what department you join!
2. We offer excellent benefits. With great 403b retirement options, paid holidays and time off, tuition reimbursement, flexible scheduling, medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as agency-paid life insurance, our benefits package is something we are proud to offer our staff.
3. We hire people of all backgrounds and skill levels. Because we oversee more than two dozen programs, we have many job options from business and accounting to transportation and residential to criminal justice and technology. Not all jobs require a college degree, and our programs span across 8 counties. Contact us to find out about options that may be right for you!
4. You have the opportunity to form meaningful, life-long connections with the people we support. The individuals we serve at Wayne ARC are some of the nicest, most positive people in Wayne County, and you are able to do what they love with them! For example, direct support professionals go to concerts, ball games, and restaurants; day habilitation coordinators paint and play music; and job coaches travel to local businesses to help individuals find off-site employment at places such as Parker's Grill and Tap House, del Lago Resort and Casino, and Crosman.
5. We are always evolving! At Wayne ARC, we always want to improve what we are doing to better support the individuals we serve. Our new street of shops, Erie Shore Landing, is our latest proof of that. We also want our employees to be able to grow with us. As new jobs are created or open up, we always encourage employees to apply within the agency to move up the ladder to the job they want.
Apply today! We would love to have you join our team.
Wayne ARC is so grateful to be part of a community that celebrates inclusion through sports. Newark's Unified Basketball team integrates students with and without disabilities to give everyone an opportunity to play basketball with their friends and have a sense of school pride.
Both the modified and varsity teams create opportunities for students of ALL abilities and travel to other schools throughout the season. Check out the schedule below to find a game you can attend! We would love to fill the stands and show support for these athletes.
Wayne ARC employees had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Wayne County Legislative Breakfast at the Palmyra V.F.W. to listen to local elected officials and business owners speak about the great projects happening around our county and how we can work to improve our communities.
Former Rochester mayor, Bob Duffy, Senator Pamela Helming, Assemblyman Bob Oaks, Congressman John Katko, and others shared how they are working in government to improve the lives of people who live, work, and play in Wayne County.
After the breakfast, we had the privilege of showing Congressman Katko around the agency and speaking with him about legislation effecting the individuals we serve. He was impressed with our workshop, programs, Erie Shore Landing project, and other aspects of the agency throughout his tour. We are thankful he is working in Washington to bring more economic opportunities to our region.
Construction for Erie Shore Landing, our new street of shops, has begun! About six months from now, Wayne ARC's headquarters building in Newark along the Erie Canal will have a new face and new shops – an ice cream shop, deli, cafe, and an updated printshop.
With the help of grants from The Golisano Foundation, Canal Corporation, and Empire State Development as well as support from the Village of Newark, Wayne ARC was able to secure funding for this innovative project.
The goal of this project is to provide meaningful retail jobs for more people in our community both with and without disabilities. With a training facility behind each of the shops, individuals with disabilities will be able to train and learn essential retail skills such as money counting, food preparation, and customer service.
As the Village of Newark strives to create a more vibrant downtown, Wayne ARC strives to assist in that effort. Utilizing our beautiful canal-front property to provide retail shops for tourists, boaters, and community members, we hope, will make Newark a more desired destination to live, work, and visit.
We are so excited to share this development with our community, and we invite you to follow along with the progress we are making each week. Contact us with any questions you may have about the project!
Janelle was so excited to be part of this video to share her Wayne ARC experiences with everyone. She works in Key Industries, attends many of the community services events, and receives clinical services at Wayne ARC, but the thing we love most about Janelle is her smile!
As part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we wanted to share a few stories with our followers from individuals we support. This video stars David Cleveland, a true Elvis fan who loves his wife more than anything.
One of our goals in sharing these stories is to show everyone that people with developmental disabilities are not so different from others. They still fall in love, get married, sing and dance to cultural music icons, and travel the world.
Watch as David tells about his love for Elvis and his wife. Let us know what you think in the comments!
March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and Wayne ARC wants to share some awesome stories, videos, and photos with you throughout March to celebrate people of ALL abilities.
Each week throughout the month we are promoting different national social media campaigns, sharing videos of individuals we serve in our community, and visiting schools to teach others how to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. We would like to begin with informing everyone of how to use "People First Language."
People First Language places emphasis on the person, not his or her disability. For example, we should say, "she has a disability" instead of "she is disabled." This makes her disability just one component of her person instead of being her whole identity.
Using better language is a small first step in the right direction for better inclusion of people with disabilities. For this reason, we chose to highlight the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign first. Eliminating the word "retard" from our vocabulary to describe someone is crucial. This word is hurtful, derogatory, and offensive to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are people just like everyone else, and they deserve the same level of respect. We encourage everyone to sign the pledge and vow to respect people with disabilities.
Check out this article if you would like to read about this from John Franklin Stevens' point of view. Thank you for your support in this effort to respect others!
Due to inclement weather, we rescheduled our Painting with a Purpose fundraiser to Wednesday, February 28. All of the other details will remain the same: 6-9 p.m. at the Lindsey Redmond building in Macedon, wine included, Savoia's desserts, hors d'oeuvres, necessary painting supplies included, silent auction, and more!
Not artistic? Don't worry; there is no painting experience necessary! We are excited to spend our first-ever paint and sip fundraiser with you to help support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
If you didn't get a ticket, we still have some left. Visit our event page to register. We hope to see everyone there!
Jessica Blondell, our Development Coordinator, writes all of our blog posts to keep everyone who supports The Arc Wayne up-to-date with what the agency is doing in the community. Enjoy!