The Arc Westchester Awarded $237,500 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

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Grants support guardianship and new recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Westchester County

The Arc Westchester, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Westchester County, has been awarded $237,500 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Westchester’s guardianship and recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and SSI. For 2019, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding over $2,733,577 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This year, The Arc Westchester received $222,500 to provide guardianship services for people with developmental disabilities who would not have otherwise had a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by the chapter staff and community volunteers, The Arc Westchester’s Guardianship Program currently provides guardianship supports and services to 100 people and is ready to assist more as needed.

NYSARC Trust Services also awarded $15,000 to develop new recreational opportunities to enrich the lives of program participants. The Arc Westchester plans to use the recreation grant funds to go towards The Annual Spring Ball, a semi-formal dinner dance held for over 500 individuals and The Gateway Gala, a semi-formal dinner dance for 56 young adults. The funds also provide support of the Gateway Lounge, an after work/school program that teaches individuals life and social skills.

About The Arc Westchester
The Arc Westchester, established in 1949, is the oldest and largest agency in the county supporting children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Over 850 employees provide more than 2,000 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life.

The mission of The Arc Westchester is to empower children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, to achieve their potential by strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests.

The Arc Westchester’s vision is a world in which children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future.

The Arc Westchester is a chapter of The Arc New York and The Arc of the U.S.

About NYSARC Trust Services
NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping more than 20,000 people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. Our trust programs give people with disabilities the opportunity to remain in their communities with greater comfort and independence while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones.
NYSARC Trust Services administers first- and third-party supplemental needs trusts, pooled trusts for income and resource (asset) protection, and individual trusts. When protecting settlement proceeds with a NYSARC Community Trust, we can also administer Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) accounts. For more information, please call (518) 439-8323 or visit us online

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