The Arc of Dutchess Awarded More Than $47,000 in Grants from NYSARC
Grants to support guardianship and recreational opportunities for people
with disabilities in Dutchess County
The Arc of Dutchess, one of Dutchess County’s leading nonprofit organizations that supports nearly 1,000 people with disabilities, has been awarded $47,500 in combined grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the organization’s guardianship and recreational programs.
NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make meaningful improvements and contributions to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. For 2020, NYSARC Trust Services awarded a total of $2,636,000 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.
As part of those funds, The Arc of Dutchess received $35,500 to provide guardianship services for people with disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by dedicated community volunteers and chapter staff, The Arc of Dutchess’ guardianship program currently provides supports to 15 individuals: 6 as Primary guardians, 4 as Standby guardians, and as 5 Alternate. These supports, overseen by the chapter’s guardianship committee, assist individuals as they navigate complicated medical diagnoses and recommended treatment plans. The funds will be used by the Chapter’s Guardianship Committee to purchase birthday and holiday gifts and to send care packages to program participants. In previous years, the Chapter has received similar grants from NYSARC Trust Services which allowed the Chapter’s Guardianship Committee to host two socials a year. Although a spring gathering was not possible this year, the committee is hopeful that a social event can be planned for later in the year.
NYSARC Trust Services also awarded $12,000 to the organization to develop recreational opportunities to enrich the lives of the people supported by the The Arc of Dutchess. In keeping with social distancing efforts this year, the funds will be used to provide newly conceived and broadened activities that include social distancing and fulfil occupancy restrictions and purchase games and equipment that ensure individuals remain safe and healthy, but actively engaged.
About The Arc of Dutchess
The Arc of Dutchess, a chapter of The Arc New York (formerly NYSARC), is one of Dutchess County’s largest nonprofit organizations devoted to respecting and supporting what matters to people of all abilities. Located in Poughkeepsie, NY, the organization serves nearly 700 people with disabilities and their families through clinical therapies and habilitation programs, along with vital services related to guardianship and employment supports, residential support, respite and other family resources, student and parent assistance in the transition from school to adulthood, recreation, and youth programs. For more information, please visit www.arcdutchess.org, or locate our pages on Facebook and Instagram.
About NYSARC Trust Services
NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping thousands of people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. The trust programs give people with disabilities the opportunity to maintain comfort and independence in the community while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones.
NYSARC Trust Services provides administration of pooled supplemental needs trusts to help families plan for the future of a loved one with a disability, preserve income and assets for Medicaid planning purposes and long-term care needs, and protect unexpected windfalls of money. NYSARC also administers Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) accounts for people who use a pooled trust to protect settlement proceeds. For more information, please call (518) 439-8323 or visit online: www.nysarctrustservices.org.