News from Putnam ARC’s on its 60th anniversary in 2014 and plans for expansion:
Putnam ARC, the leading provider of services for children and adults with disabilities in Putnam County, is poised for growth and expansion, as it heads into its 60th anniversary year in 2014.
Founded in 1954, PARC currently provides services to more than 640 children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, special needs, and brain injuries to all of Putnam County and parts of northern Westchester and southern Dutchess counties.
PARC, an award-winning, private, 501 (c)(3) non-profit with locations in Brewster, Carmel and Mahopac, provides extensive, essential, and life-long programs and services from vocational training to self-advocacy, from a preschool for children with autism to 22 community residences and apartments from Philipstown to Patterson. PARC, which is run by a volunteer board of family members, also offers: brain injury services and support groups, service coordination, educational advocacy, day habilitation programs, a clinic, transition services, respite, residential habilitation, recreation, and health services and nursing. PARC employs 450 full and part time staff members and is one of Putnam County’s top employers.
“Over the past 18 months, PARC’s administrative team and staff members have been working diligently to enhance the quality of our services,” said PARC Executive Director Susan Limongello. “We are expanding services, growing each year, and we are looking forward to a year-long celebration of our 60th anniversary in 2014.”
PARC, along with four other chapters of NYSARC located in the Hudson Valley, has been working toward national accreditation with the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). CQL offers consultation, accreditation, training, and certification services to organizations that share a vision of dignity, opportunity and community for all people. PARC should receive accreditation in early 2014 and is well ahead of the curve, since the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will be mandating this accreditation of its non-profit service providers in the next three years.
Tom Paradise, PARC’s board president for the past 15 years and a member of the PARC board of directors since 1988, sees PARC in its strongest position now than ever before.
“It’s a tribute to our staff and our leadership that we have been around for 60 years and that we have seen incredible growth in the last 25 years I have served on the board,” said Paradise, who said that budget and the number of people served by PARC has tripled in the past 25 years, to nearly $24 million and 640 people served, respectively. “This agency is strong, stable, and growing. We have a very bright future ahead of us.”
Current projects and expansions include: work on three PARC residences for repairs and upgrades, continued growth in PARC day habilitation’s community outreach and volunteerism efforts, expansion of the brain injury program to serve more post 9/11 veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, growth in youth training and employment opportunities and transition planning, and enhancing our training of direct support professionals.
PARC staff members are already planning for an extensive 60th anniversary celebration for 2014 including an anniversary event on May 31, 2014, the actual 60th anniversary date of PARC’s incorporation.
To learn more about PARC’s services, to take a tour of our programs, or to donate to support people with disabilities, please log onto our website at www.partnerswithparc.org or call 845-278-PARC, ext. 2287.