THE ARC JEFFERSON – ST. LAWRENCE DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE OPTIONS FOR SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) continues to develop innovative employment and service options for people with developmental disabilities, even amidst the continued challenges of a global pandemic. A few of the highlights from 2021 include: The completion of a successful capital campaign at the main services building in Jefferson County, the purchase of the facility located on Bradley Street in Watertown, and the creation of the Bridges program for young people.

Bridges

Bridges provides site-based and community-based services that target skill development and allow age appropriate advancement based on each person’s needs and individual goals. Bridges enhances independent living and social skills using real-life experiences. As young people grow towards adulthood, supports are geared towards enhanced self-reliance in both home and community settings.
Available:
St. Lawrence County

Self-Direction Services

Self-Direction assists people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families to choose and manage their own budgets and services.  Self-Direction not only offers people supported greater choice and control over the supports they receive, but it also expands their options beyond traditional programs to include services such as community classes or training, gym memberships, camps, and reimbursements for software, internet, or cell phones.
Available:
Jefferson County
St. Lawrence County

Fiscal Intermediary

The Fiscal Intermediary provides a multitude of supports, including providing a complaint hiring process with requisite background checks, required training to staff, payroll and benefits (when applicable) and reimbursements based upon the individualized plan/budget. The Fiscal Intermediary is also responsible to collect and review all required paperwork and documentation to ensure compliance with Medicaid/OPWDD payments.
Available:
Jefferson County
St. Lawrence County

THE ARC JEFFERSON – ST. LAWRENCE HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING AND HONORS ACHIEVEMENTS

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), recently held their Annual Meeting to elect the officers for the Board of Directors, as well as honor employees, volunteers, and individuals supported by the agency. The 2021-2022 elected officers for The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Board of Directors are as follows: Jackie Sauter, President; Jennifer VanReenen, Vice President; and Joanne Rhode, Secretary/Treasurer.

FELLIPE JOHNSON HONORED AS OUTSTANDING PERFORMER

In honor of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), announced that Fellipe “Flip” Johnson of Watertown was awarded the distinction of “William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer,” from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID.) 

THE ARC JEFFERSON – ST. LAWRENCE FEDERAL CONTRACT STAFF HONORED

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) announced that federal contract custodial staff at the two separate sites were honored with the Commendable Service Award from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This distinguished award was presented in recognition of the work done during the pandemic at the Robert C. McEwen Ogdensburg Custom House and Massena Land Port of Entry. These federal contracts employ people with disabilities though the SourceAmerica, AbilityOne Program.
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