Arc Of Dutchess Polar Bears Took the Plunge

Arc Of Dutchess Polar Bears Took the Plunge

On February 24th 2018 brave “Polar Bears” from The Arc of Dutchess took the plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics. Thirteen dedicated employees created a team for the “Freezin’ For a Reason” Polar Plunge held in Fishkill. We are so proud of our team for supporting this great organization. Together they raised $2,065! Thank You to Jessica Kruk, Quinton Bailey, Kevin Croushore, Jodie Dorfman, Brian Gelb, Caroline Gilnack, Jamie Griffin, Katelynn Josefiak, Kiera Oloughlin, Courtney Sahler, Carter Williams, and Odain Irving.

Rec And Teen Club at the 2017 Special Olympics Physical Fitness Challenge

Rec And Teen Club at the 2017 Special Olympics Physical Fitness Challenge

On Saturday December 2nd, the Rec and Teen Vipers competed in the Special Olympics New York Hudson Valley region physical fitness competition! They did sit ups, circle run, and much more! Congratulations Vipers of Rec and Teen Club!

One of our newer members participated in his first ever Special Olympics and at his first competition he received a GOLD. His name is Giancarlo Balon –Ribaudo. Over all, the group did awesome as always and it was a great way to be rewarded for their hard work.

Michael Rao got Gold
Carrie O’Herron got Silver!
The Vipers and their staff!
Mikayla Mina got Gold
Caitlin Service got Bronze!



Junior League of Poughkeepsie Volunteers at The Arc of Dutchess


Junior League of Poughkeepsie Volunteers at The Arc of Dutchess

The Clinic garden was started several years ago with assistance from our Occupational Therapist at the time who had seen the benefits of therapeutic gardening at a Rehab facility he visited.  Since that time the garden has been utilized extensively to promote a number of different clinical goals and has been the recipient of many volunteer hours from a number of different businesses and organizations.  Most recently, The Junior League of Poughkeepsie lent a helping hand.

Jamie Cevetilio
Danielle Strauch

Danielle Strauch and Jamie Cevetilio spent their morning on Saturday, October 28 2017 helping clinic Director, Anna Frankel, in cleaning up the Clinic Garden and preparing it for winter. Pulling weeds, raking leaves, pruning back the perennials and hauling away the debris left the garden in the great condition. Daffodil bulbs were planted and will be a welcome harbinger of Spring.

Thank You Danielle & Jamie!
The finished garden clean up

Click below to visit the Junior League’s Website to learn more about their community service.

Junior League of Poughkeepsie




Anne Clarke Receives Prestigious Award

Anne  Clarke Receives Prestigious Award

Board of Directors Vice President, Anne Clarke, was recently awarded the NYSARC 2017 Guardianship Recognition and Service Award. Anne is, and has been, an outstanding advocate and champion for those individuals that rely on the committee’s guidance. Her compassion and embrace of all individuals supported by The Arc of Dutchess shines through of every social and holiday event that she coordinates. “Anne is truly committed to the health and well-being of each of the individuals, respecting their dignity”, Sharon Russitano. Board President, said.

Ms. Clarke received her recognition at a NYSARC luncheon in Bolton Landing as part of the annual Guardianship meeting. Several board members and staff as well as family members surprised Anne at the awards ceremony by attending on November 7, 2017.

Right to left: Crys McCuin, Lyn Deslandes, Maureen Constable, Joan Sherman, Gary Collins, Kate Blossom, Sharon Russitano, Anne Clarke, Lacey Clarke, Lorraine Costello, Beth Sweeny
Anne with her family, Lacey and Kate



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!