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

The Arc of Dutchess is Flying High!

The Arc of Dutchess was a proud sponsor of the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 annual Balloon Festival on July 7th, 8th and 9th. The Festival was held at Barton Orchards. There were lots of family activities such as a petting zoo, hayrides, food trucks, a tap room, bakery and market, fire pits, corn hole, vendors, live music from great bands, helicopter rides and beautiful fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday nights.

Of course, the favorite highlights were still there: Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in hot air balloons throughout the weekend.

Tiffany and Dawn

And Speaking of rides check out the photos of Dawn and her support person Tiffany as they went skyward on a balloon ride!









Many Thanks to all of the Balloonists, flight crews and especially to our friends of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for a truly fun  filled weekend.


Rachel Rose Goes To College!

Rachael Rose Goes To College

Rachael Rose has participated in The Arc of Dutchess School to Work program for the past 4 years and has worked diligently with her support staff and family to qualify for the College Experience at St. Rose in Albany. Rachael is always a kind, sweet and a very caring person especially when her peers need any help in the classroom or out in the community. Rachel enjoys working in the culinary field at various restaurants and outreach centers, doing arts and crafts with the elderly, delivering meals to seniors at Maplewood and working at Bounce making party packets, answering phones and stocking the vending machines. Rachael was determined to attend a college program and she succeeded! Way to Go Rachel!! We are so Proud of your accomplishments and we will all miss you!!


2017 Think Differently Dash

2017 Think Differently Dash

OUR Grand Marshal Elizabeth Ramsey with her very proud Mom!

On June 10, 2017 The Arc of Dutchess once again sponsored the Think Differently Dash, a one mile walk/run down Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Attendance was increased from last year’s inaugural race with a large turnout from The Arc of Dutchess team.

The weather was fine and everyone had a wonderful morning as the pictures below show.

The Arc of Dutchess extends our appreciation to Dutchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor, Rob Rolison, and Suzanne O’Neil from the Walkway Over the Hudson for organizing this great event. And special recognition to the Many Volunteers who made this race possible! Thank You!

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The Kearney Family and Friends
Lisa, Courtney and Courtney’s Aunt sharing smiles at the finish line.


Anastasia with her medal. Congratulations!
Tiffanie Larkin
Lisa Caporle Waves!
Charlie making progress towards the finish line.
Michael Rao followed in his Dad’s footsteps, Orlando Rao, who competed in the New York City Marathon in 1980 and 1982.
Michael Rao