Staff Recognition Month Begins!

Autumn Working on the treats given out to the staff
Matt Making Popcorn Labels for popcorn Give-a-ways

The Arc of Dutchess is celebrating our staff for the entire month of September Including   DSP week. (Direct Support Professional)

We have decided to do something special each week for our staff to show our appreciation for all that they do EVERYDAY! So we have one specific day of each week that we surprise staff.

Last week we kicked off the month with a goodie bag titled “Anti Stress Kit” We assembled 420 bags so that each employee received one.

Brian And Anna
Marie Filling confetti Bags!
Melinda And Kaylah filling bags
Lee filing bags!
Jessica from HR Getting ready to deliver Anti stress kits
Nancy and Lauren!
Oma and nancy from PVI


This week is DSP week. ALL staff are invited to participate in a “Getting to Know You” scavenger Hunt where they go from office to office in the Admin Building, get a treat from each office, and find out the answers for their game board (each question helps the player learn about what each department does…) when the game board is all filled out it gets entered into a drawing for a prize.


While all of that is going on, DSP’s are invited to get a neck and shoulder massage or a facial!

Raffle Prizes ready to be won!
Catherine and KEtaurah the rec club manager!
Jenitah and tia Thomas moore

Just wait till you see what’s planned for next week!










Week 3!


What could be better than a free breakfast or lunch?

A free breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is Served!

AND a car wash!

Jen and Catherine washing cars


After 25 cars we were tired
Selfie of us!
The Crew at work

Self Advocates of NYS University

Self Advocates of NYS University

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in SANYS (Self Advocates of NYS) University program. This is a five week intensive course that will meet once per week at the Lagrange Vocational Center, and will be facilitated by Cynthia Gilchrest of SANYS.  This curriculum will provide staff members and people we support a better understanding of self-advocacy and the importance of rights, responsibilities, and self-advocacy leadership. This is an interactive course which requires commitment and dedication throughout the duration of the classes. There will be five 3 hour sessions.


SANYS U - School of Grassroots Advocacy






Think Differently Picnic a Great Success!

The Arc of Dutchess was pleased to be a part of the Dutchess County Special Needs Picnic on Tuesday, August 15th. It was a great event and we enjoyed meeting all of the families that visited our information table. We are particularly proud of the individuals we support who volunteered to help with the cooking and serving of the lunch as well as interacting with families to talk about their experiences with our programs such as the Rec & Teen Club, employment assistance and Day Hab WOW. Great job!

Congratulations to Deputy Commissioner Toni-Marie Ciarfella and her team for creating an AWESOME fun day for children with special needs. Check out this link to the County’s web page with a nice video of the day’s events!

Dutchess County Think Differently 2017 Picnic

The Arc Is Honored With the Spirit Award

On August 2, 2017 about 35 people from the Arc of Dutchess gathered on the Walkway Over the Hudson to Receive an award for the great “spirit” they showed during the 2017 Think Differntly Dash. The  enthusiasm, sportsmanship and general excitement of our team and moved the walkway staff to award this honor. We are thrilled to be recognized. in this way and thank the Walkway Over The Hudson for the award. AND We Thank County Executive for creating the Think Differntly Dash.

Our Staff With the banner and the award!

Think Differently About College!

The Arc Of Dutchess has partnered with Dutchess Community College to offer an authentic college experience for students with IDD who have graduated from high school.

Students selected can receive community hab or day hab supports from The Arc of Dutchess while they’re attending classes to help navigate their day.

Interested students should email the college (email address on the flyer linked below) if they want to be considered.

Click On The Link Below For More Information on How to Apply!

Think Ahead about College!

The Arc Sponsored a Chamber Non-Profit Event

The Arc Of Dutchess was proud to be a sponsor of the “Nonprofit Seminar – Constituent Data Management” seminar organized by the Nonprofit Committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce on July 18, 2017.

Vassar College’s Vice President for Computing &  Information Services and Chief Information Officer Michael G. Cato and rob Cohen, an independent consulant with Fit-4-Purpose  Solutions, Discussed the Challenges non profit organizations face with multiple data management options.

In today’s technology-driven world, managing an organization’s data is more important than ever to be able to effectively reach constituents, whether it’s for outreach, development, or simple updates. To better understand this issue, the Nonproffit Committee of the Chamber presented “Constituent Data Management: Options for Better Results for Your Organization.”

The complimentary seminar, co-chaired by the Arc of Dutchess and Ulster savings Bank, was held at ReStore of Habitat Dutchess, Located at 625 Dutchess Turnpike in Poughkeepsie.

Board Members Lorraine Costello & Sue Hoctor Welcome Seminar attendees
Lorriane Addresses The Group.

Linda G. Campbell Receives Award at Baseball Clinic at Dutchess Stadium

Linda G. Campbell Receives Award at Baseball Clinic at Dutchess Stadium


Linda Campbell from The Arc of Dutchess was the recipient of the Dave Clark Pulling Each Other Along Award. The award honors the notable contributions of those who have helped others achieve their dreams under exceptional circumstances.

Marc Molinaro along with the Hudson Valley Renegades invited young adults with special needs to participate in the Disability Dream and Do Baseball Camp Held on July 15th. Participants of every ability learned from professional players and coaches for a day filled with throwing, catching and hitting fun, and received a free shirt, hat, lunch and tickets to the Renegades game on Sunday, July 16th!

Marie Fitzmaurice And Linda G. Campbell