Thank you to everyone who helped, donated, and golfed at our 36th annual Arc of Wayne Foundation golf tournament. It was our most successful to date bringing in more than $31,000 to support individuals with disabilities!
The weather was absolutely perfect, and we had so much fun out on the course throughout the day with our sponsors, donors, and friends of The Arc Wayne.
We also want to extend a huge thank you to Lyons National Bank, our presenting sponsor, for always supporting the individuals we serve. We are so grateful to be located in such wonderful, generous communities.
Wayne ARC has changed its name to The Arc Wayne to join hundreds of state and local chapters across the United States who have branded with The Arc – the largest national community-based organization advocating for and supporting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. The new logo includes The Arc “catalyst” icon, which represents a burst of energy and is symbolic of forward motion, optimism and independence.
The Arc Wayne decided to align with The Arc to strengthen our voice as we continue to find alternative financial support and create innovative programs and services for the individuals The Arc supports.
The agency will continue to advocate for and support the more than 1,700 individuals served by The Arc Wayne in Wayne and surrounding counties with compassion, understanding and support. While our name is changing, our services will remain as we continue to improve each of them: residential services, employment services, Roosevelt Children’s Center, respite and recreational opportunities, Key Industries workshop, and more.
We look forward to this transition as an organization as we continue to promote community inclusion and integration of individuals with and without developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Please contact us with any questions or comments!
Thank you to Lisa and Deb from Lyons National Bank for volunteering in our Key Industries workshop and Day Hab programs today for the United Way's Day of Caring! We hope you had a great time working with the individuals we support and seeing first-hand what we do every day.
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!
Jessica Blondell, our Community Relations Specialist, 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!