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50 Reed Street, Avon – est. 2000
11 Pine View Heights, Avon – est. 2005
121 Ossian Street, Dansville – est. 2001
10 Morse Street, Dansville – est. 2007
62 Center Street, Geneseo – est. 1977
41 Second Street, Geneseo – est. 1979
34 Groveland Road, Geneseo – est. 2006
13 Tuscarora Avenue, Geneseo– est.2001
3426 Turtle Rock Rd., Lakeville– est. 2007
253 South Main Street, Perry – est. 2000
81 North Center Street, Perry – est. 1983
35 Genesee Street, Warsaw – est. 1979
15 North Street, Warsaw – est. 2006
2825 Retsof Ave., Retsof – est. 2009
- New York State Association of Retarded Children (ARC) established
- National Association for Retarded Children (ARC) established
- The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming is organized by parents as Livingston-Wyoming Association for Retarded Children (ARC)
- The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming announces it will enter the Residential Services arena with housing to serve developmentally disabled adults in both counties
- First community residence (CR) opens at 62 Center Street, Geneseo
- Second CR opens at 41 Second Street, Geneseo
- Third CR opens at 35 Genesee Street, Warsaw
- Letchworth Park CR opens on Rt. 408 between Mt. Morris and Nunda
- Fifth CR opens at 81 North Center Street, Perry
- The first IRA (Individualized Residential Alternative) is approved in Avon, NY through Governor Pataki’s New York CARES Program
- First IRA opens at 50 Reed Street, Avon
- IRA opens at 253 South Main Street, Perry
- IRA opens at 13 Tuscarora Avenue, Geneseo
- Sahrle IRA opens at 121 Ossian Street, Dansville
- Agency begins process to convert five CRs to IRAs, “right-size” the Letchworth CR into two IRAs, and build two more IRAs
- Floor plan unveiled for Groveland Road IRA in Geneseo, the first IRA to be built from the ground-up by The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming
- IRA opens at 11 Pineview Heights, Avon
- IRA opens at 14 North Main Street, Warsaw
- Eric Grammas IRA opens on Groveland Road in Geneseo
- Turtle Rock IRA in Lakeville is cleared for 2007
- North Main St. IRA in Mt. Morris is cleared for 2008
- Turtle Rock IRA opens in Lakeville
- "Karrie's Castle" IRA opens in Dansville
- The fully handicap-accessible "Hope IRA," named in honor of Arc founder Mary Hope Derby, opens in Retsof. It becomes the home home to six aging individuals who had previously resided at the Letchworth IRA, which is closed due to right-sizing
The agency has been providing Residential services for more than 35 years. Since opening its first residence on Center Street in Geneseo, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming has worked tirelessly to ensure appropriate housing that meets the needs and expectations of consumers, and agency goals of community inclusion.
During the milestone year of 2006, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming opened the Eric Grammas IRA (named in memory of an extraordinary young man who was to live there), as the first home that the agency built entirely from the ground up. Located on Groveland Road in Geneseo, the Grammas IRA ushered in new era of fully handicap-accessible homes, including a barrier-free design for wheelchair mobility, automatic door openers, widened doorways, lowered counter spaces, and roll-in showers.
In 2007, the Grammas IRA served as a model for two other Arc of Livingston-Wyoming residences, in Lakeville and Dansville. As is the case with all 14 IRAs, each home fits the needs of a distinctly unique groups of residents. The Dansville IRA is home to six other women in their early 20s through late 30s who are making the first-time transition from their family homes, while residents of the Lakeville IRA are older and less ambulatory.
People who live in The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming's residences are afforded access to a variety of valuable clinical services, including behavior support and nutrition services, and 24-hour on-call nursing.
Each IRA is staffed with a Site Supervisor, and Site Supervisor Assistant. Every home with more then four beds also has a Medical Appointment Coordinator. All part-time and full-time Residential employees are certified to distribute medication to residents. This involves attending a 48 hour Medication Administration course and being observed by a Registered Nurse while passing medications to ensure safety.
The Residential program is a Medicaid funded program delivered through OPWDD’s Home and Community Based Services Waiver Program. Each home is surveyed by OPWDD’s Bureau of Certification/ Quality Assurance Program on an annual basis to assure health, safety, and overall compliance.
Skill building services called Residential Habilitation Services (Res Hab) that focus on developing and enhancing individuals’ daily living skills are delivered in all Arc IRAs. These include money management, grocery shopping, cooking, medication administration, social/recreational opportunities, and health care oversight.
As the Residential Services program matures, the agency's consumer base also grows older. Already, one third of Residential consumers are at least 55 years old, with the special needs of an aging population. Residential Services is dedicated to meeting the next set of challenges while “building for the future” and serving an ever-changing population of individuals with disabilities.
While the architecture has changed over the years, the goal of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Residential Services has remained constant: Allow individuals of all abilities and disabilities to experience the independence and growth that comes along with being a contributing member of a household.
"It was more than 35 years ago that The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming became involved in the provision of residential services in a home in Geneseo. There was no crisis. No public outcry. There was, however, a need – identified by a small group of parents and friends of handicapped persons – that this house, this home, could meet. This residence would become a building block to a future for the developmentally disabled persons who were lucky enough to be able to live there. Independent living! Employment! Becoming part of a community! Responsibility!
This building also served as a stepping stone to The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming County. Many more were to follow. Our agency’s dreams and our visions have grown. Day programs! Services to children and adults! Advocacy! Guardianship! Planning! Building for the future has become our mantra. Every day. We have become a force in Livingston and Wyoming counties. The future is bright for every intellectually and developmentally disabled person in Livingston and Wyoming County, thanks in part to the continuing efforts of the Arc.
And to think that all of this began with a vision for a small residence in Geneseo."
-- Tim McCallum, Board President, Livingston-Wyoming Arc Foundation