Kim Deiter has achieved a life of independence in the Geneseo community. After living for eight years in an Arc of Livingston-Wyoming group home, she struck out on her own in March of 2016, first with a roommate and now in her own one bedroom apartment.
Helping to keep Kim grounded in her independent lifestyle is The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming’s Recreation program, which receives funding from Livingston County United Way. Through Arc Recreation, Kim is able to stay connected with friends from The Arc who she might otherwise not see socially on a regular basis.
With Arc Recreation, Kim and her peers receive a robust monthly calendar of activities with opportunities to participate as part of a community. Dances and bowling are among Kim’s favorites.
Kim’s positive attitude and can-do spirit are infectious among Arc Recreation participants, according to Recreation Staff Gary Buchanan.
“For all the years I have known Kim, I have never heard anything negative from Kim,” Gary says. “Kim is cheerful, considerate, and encouraging towards others. Kim wants to see others do well, and cheers them on during competition.”
In recent years, Kim has also achieved success in Special Olympics, where she has competed in softball, basketball, golf, skiing, and swimming.
In 2018, she was awarded The Arc’s Jonathon Templeton Award for Special Olympics. Off the field, she works through The Arc’s Hilltop Business Services program, where she assembles products and cleans. In her free time, Kim loves to sing, act, tell jokes, and spend time with her boyfriend, friends, and pet Guinea pig.