Words cannot express the appreciation of all our staff members’ efforts to keep the people we support safe, keep families informed and maintain operations at the organization despite not only the pressures of COVID-19 but the challenges we face each day. I am especially proud of the success we have had in limiting the number of cases in the agency. Although we have had an increase based on community spread in both counties our numbers are still low for the size of the organization. This is due to our use of PPE, adhering to disinfection and sanitation practices, and social distancing by our staff. Those who provide direct support have been working extra shifts and long hours to ensure we meet our staffing ratios to provide quality services and supports. They often put those we support and their needs ahead of their other responsibilities.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), is announcing the unfortunate news that a person supported by the agency passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. The person lived in a residential setting in the Massena area, but had been hospitalized recently. The agency continues to ensure safety protocols and precautions are in place for all or our residents and staff.
To support guardianship and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence, (www.thearcjslc.org), a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, has been awarded $78,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Jefferson-St. Lawrence’s guardianship and recreation programs.
Casella Resource Solutions recently donated $1,000 to The Foundation of St. Lawrence NYSARC’s annual appeal. Their donation will impact the lives of many people supported by The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence to achieve their goals. Contributions are now being accepted at thearcjslc.org.
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 staff members, volunteers, and individuals supported by the agency. The 2020-2021 elected officers for The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Board of Directors are as follows: Jackie Sauter, President; Jennifer VanReenen; and Joanne Rhode Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), has positions available for staff to work on Federal contracts at Fort Drum. The agency is currently hiring for roles such as: Occupational Trainer, Food Service Workers, and Janitors to work at the 10th Mountain Division. All interested candidates may apply at www.thearcjslc.org/employment.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s (www.thearcjslc.org), announced that their Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center received confirmation that a student tested positive for COVID-19. The program’s management team is working in collaboration with Jefferson County Public Health, which is currently performing the contact tracing process pursuant to their protocols.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s (www.thearcjslc.org), Board of Directors and management team recognized staff members celebrating a milestone for longevity in service during the 2020 virtual annual meeting.
In honor of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), announced that Jerry Sharlow of Massena was awarded the distinction of “William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer,” from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID.)
The Foundation of St. Lawrence NYSARC (www.thearcjslc.org), is holding a virtual walk to promote awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders in place of the standard in-person, annual event in an effort to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Walkers may participate in their own community now until the Facebook Ceremony set for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The event will feature WWNY-TV’s Jeff Cole and may be accessed at www.facebook.com/thearcjslc.