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Living Resources’ Leonardo da Vinci!

2020-07-27T11:21:29-04:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Nate Gier has been making art at Living Resources for more than half of his life. Always fascinated by portraits, at the age of 12, Nate created a 2x3 foot rendition of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “Mona Lisa.” When asked what attracted him to the "Mona Lisa" at that young age, he said, “I liked her smile.” And he still does. With the encouragement of Sergio Camacho, Assistant Director of the Art Program, Nate re-created her twice, each time starting with a bare canvas, applying his ever growing skills into newer, more detailed renditions, most recently in his preferred medium of [...]

Hardworking & Dedicated!

2020-07-27T13:55:11-04:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Ashley Lawyer has been part of the Living Resources family for over seven years, receiving services from our Supportive Employment program. Her undeniable work ethic and hardworking frame of mind makes Ashley a valued employee at not one but two jobs! During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Ashley began the year working at Image Data as a document prep specialist Monday through Thursday and on Friday she worked at Hannaford Supermarket. Shortly after the Pandemic began, Ashley was furloughed from Image Data for several weeks, but rather than sit and wait for her office to reopen, she increased her hours at Hannaford temporarily, [...]

Living Resources announces appointment of new CEO

2020-07-17T10:13:50-04:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: News & Updates|

Last year, Living Resources announced that Fredrick Erlich, their founder and CEO for the past 46 years would be retiring at the end of 2020. With Fred’s retirement pending, Living Resources today announced that Elizabeth Martin has been named their new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2020. Elizabeth has been the Chief Executive Officer for Consumer Directed Choices, Inc. (CDChoices) since 2012. Under her leadership, CDChoices nearly tripled their revenue, expanded their service area from 5 to 19 counties, and has become one of the largest, most respected fiscal intermediaries for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) in the Capital Region. [...]

Healing Power of a Garden!

2020-07-14T15:00:19-04:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

“Never Underestimate the Healing Power of a Quiet Moment in The Garden.” Josephine Albert Jonathan Carroll is an expert gardener who learned his craft the old fashioned way; with a shovel, some dirt and a lot of hard work. The individuals in our Longmeadow residence typically spend their daytime hours active in their various Day Program settings, but the Pandemic brought that to a halt. As a result, Brendan Mooney, the father of Jon’s housemate Kevin, has provided a variety of activities to the house. He brought over a cook book so everyone could bake cookies together, a dance DVD for [...]

Jennifer’s Journey Towards Independence

2020-07-02T08:22:23-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: News & Updates|

Jennifer lived in large scale institutions until she was 20 years old. She recalls the sleeping dormitories which contained roughly 20 beds. All that changed in 1977 when Jennifer came Living Resources. Jennifer was thrilled to learn that she had only one roommate, and before long she had a room of her very own. While at her new home, Jennifer had the opportunity to attend day programs and a learning center where she received an education. Jennifer thrived in this environment and became one of the first individuals to be approved for our Supportive Living Program. With support of staff providing [...]

Independence and Employment during COVID

2020-07-02T08:21:48-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

It has been a memorable Spring for Maurice Vanness, who resides in one of Living Resources residential homes and receives supported employment coaching. Working with his employment Coach, Maurice has been a valued employee of Hannaford Supermarket on Wolf Road for nearly 20 years. During his time with Hannaford, he learned to navigate and manage his commute utilizing the Star bus system, plan his daily activities, and accomplish his many job related challenges. This year certainly presented Maurice with challenges like no other. In order for Maurice to continue to work at Hannaford, he had to agree to strict guidelines at [...]

Independence takes Teamwork!

2020-06-30T08:50:49-04:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Kevin Steitzer, a graduate of the College Experience and his Career Counselor, Frank Padula are a solid team. Frank started working with Kevin in 2018 when he was a Dietary Aide at the Teresian House. Frank supported him in many ways during this job, but it became evident that it was Kevin’s dream to work with animals. Knowing that it was an important part of Frank’s job to advance Kevin’s career, he worked with Kevin to help him secure employment at the Guilderland Animal Hospital. Kevin soon realized that this job was not the best fit for him, so they moved on [...]

Independence Through Education

2020-06-29T11:01:33-04:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Sonia DeByle’s ambition to learn to be more independent drew her to Living Resources' College Experience Program, where she is currently a freshman. Having been declined acceptance to other college programs, Sonia cried tears of joy when she read her acceptance letter. In her words, “I was so excited and could not believe it.” Although she enjoys all her classes, Sonia particularly relishes those that concentrate on life skills, which will lead to her goal of living on her own. Sonia thought it might be difficult to meet new people, but soon found herself attending events and learning about the many [...]

Black Lives Matter

2020-06-18T15:24:21-04:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: News & Updates|

Two of our very own Living Resources Arts Program Art Instructors had the opportunity to create some very beautiful and meaningful artwork on the front panels of the Pause Gallery in Troy, NY in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. These portraits have been on display for a couple weeks now and were on the path of the peaceful protest marching route in Troy, NY on Sunday, June 7th, 2020. Both of these employees have been with Living Resources for over 15 years and have made a great impact on so many people in our agency. The sentiment behind [...]

The art of turning a no into a yes!

2020-07-02T13:50:47-04:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: News & Updates|

Maggie Erlich was the guest for the College Experience Employment class on the morning of Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Maggie serves as the Business Liaison for the College Experience but has been with the program for a very long time. Maggie was one of the first teachers ​when a position for the Academic Coordinator opened up shortly after the program was founded in 2005. This allowed her to take the College Experience from a part-time program to more of the full-time model that people see today. In 2013 Maggie began working on internships with Bill Lynch and more things related to [...]