Resolution J4612-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Arc of Steuben on May 13, 2014



  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 23, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Arc of
Steuben on May 13, 2014

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  50th  Anniversary of the Arc of Steuben, to be celebrated at
their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, The Arc of Steuben is a chapter of the New York State Associ-
ation for Retarded Children (NYSARC), Inc.; for the past fifty years  it
has  faithfully  supported  people  with  developmental disabilities and
their families in the Steuben County area; and
  WHEREAS, This esteemed partnership of  residential,  habilitation  and
vocational programs and services has committed itself to helping provide
personalized  opportunities,  advocacy  and  assistance  for people with
disabilities, helping them to realize their full potential in a positive
atmosphere of encouragement and achievement; and
  WHEREAS, The Arc of Steuben was founded in 1964,  when  local  parents
advocating for the education of their children, each of whom had a disa-
bility, organized the formation of the Steuben County Chapter of NYSARC;
due  to  the  advocacy  efforts  of this newly founded organization, the
first class for children with developmental  disabilities  was  held  in
September 1965 through BOCES; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1970, this pioneering organization inaugurated its first
Day Training program, open to any child who was labeled  as  "retarded";
these  classes  were  offered to the public until 1980, when BOCES began
offering programs for students with disabilities; and
  WHEREAS, In 1974, the Arc of Steuben  initiated  its  residential  and
vocational  programs  with  the  goal  of  teaching  people daily living
skills, job skills  and  social  skills;  its  first  such  program  was
Services  East  in Bath, New York, followed by Services West in Hornell,
New York; the two were combined  in  1977,  and  moved  to  its  present
location in Bath; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1977, the Arc of Steuben created its renowned transporta-
tion division, which currently operates a fleet  of  100  vehicles  that
provides transportation services to approximately 400 people daily; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  the  years,  this remarkable organization continued to
embody its vision by exploring new ways of serving the public and creat-
ing an environment in  which  people  of  all  abilities  are  welcomed,
involved, and valued; and
  WHEREAS, New residences in Wayland and Corning were added in 1979, and
the Family Support Program was started in 1985; furthermore, the Service
Coordination  Division  was  created  in 1993, to provide individualized
advocacy, referral and early intervention service coordination; and
  WHEREAS, The Arc of Steuben Foundation was established in 1998,  help-
ing  the  group  enter  the  21st Century with a plan for sustaining its
worthy work in the future; its outstanding board of  directors,  experi-
enced  in  finance,  law,  marketing,  public  relations,  and community
service, oversaw the establishment of an endowment fund in  the  founda-
tion's first year; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  the  Arc  of  Steuben's services were further
expanded to include a satellite clinic offering speech therapy,  occupa-
tional therapy, physical therapy, and social work; StArcky U was created

in  2011, offering classes for those seeking to pursue new interests and
continue their education; and
  WHEREAS,  This fine institution has received numerous awards and acco-
lades for its lifetime of service to the developmentally  disabled;  the
Arc  of  Steuben  was  named  Non-Profit  of  the Year by the Chamber of
Commerce of the Greater Bath Area and also achieved Gold-level  recogni-
tion in the Empire State Advantage program; and
  WHEREAS,  In so effectively carrying out its mission, the Arc of Steu-
ben has demonstrated the  value  of  helping  people  with  disabilities
achieve their dreams and lead happy and fulfilling lives; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown  a
long  and  sustained  commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  50th  Anniversary  of  the  Arc  of Steuben; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Arc of Steuben.


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