The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming received $13,500 in grant dollars from NYSARC Trust Services to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming’s Guardianship Committee, staff, and community volunteers, the Guardianship Program currently provides guardianship supports and services to three people and is ready to assist more.
“The funds are used for various things, including administrative purposes, needs/wants of our individuals, and parties,” explains Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Guardianship Coordinator Rebecca Bridge. “The committee purchases gifts for each individual for their birthday and Christmas. We also take them out to eat for their birthday to a restaurant of their choice, and we have a Holiday luncheon with the entire committee and all of our individuals.”
Most importantly, the dollars help to round out the family atmosphere that is desired by all.
“The last few years we have also done a summer luncheon,” Becky says. “Most of the committee members don’t have the opportunity to see our individuals that we serve often, so this gives them a chance to visit with them and spend time together. After all, we are considered to be their family.”
About NYSARC Trust Services
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 2018, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,778,500 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.
NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping more than 16,000 people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. Their 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, they can also administer Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) accounts. For more information, please call 1-518-439-8323 or visit www.nysarctrustservices.org.