Living Resources’ Rensselaer and Columbia County Community Opportunities Program officially drew the summer season to a close in high fashion by holding a collaborative end-of-summer bash which they called an “End of Summer Soirée!” What’s the recipe for a Living Resources Soirée? You start with a lovely setting and add equal parts of dancing and a lunch buffet. Next, you fold in enthusiastic party-goers and sprinkle a touch of romance. Blend for a few hours and watch the magic happen. The Albany Shaker Heritage Society was kind enough to offer their beautiful barn space for the occasion so everyone could party [...]
“Trepidatious” was the word of the day. The first day of school is always a bit unnerving and the first day of college, especially when you’re leaving home for the first time is even more so. On Monday, August 14, our College Experience program welcomed 25 new students into the program on The College of Saint Rose campus, our largest class to date! They came from all over New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They came with all their personal items - pillows, posters, photos, anything to help make their dorm room resemble their family home. [...]
“Are you proud of us?” Catherine’s question hung in the air with expectant excitement. Indeed, the level of pride felt for her and all those who participated in the second annual “A Tribute to Transforming Lives” fashion extravaganza at Saratoga Track’s 1863 Club, could not be greater. The event was hosted by Natalie Sillery and her fashion boutique, “Saratoga Trunk.” It featured world-class racing and world-class fashion to benefit the world-class causes of Living Resources and Building on Love. Presenting sponsor Steven Bouchey of Bouchey Financial Group, stated it was truly an opportunity for two organizations with different missions but the [...]
Who’s up for an adventure? All of the Orange County Day Community Opportunity Program sites met at the Bronx Zoo for a group adventure! They all certainly got their exercise- the Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States with 265 acres to explore and more than 10,000 animals to see. While they didn’t get up and close with all the animals, it wasn’t for lack of trying. The program manager said, “Some of our participants are animal experts and they had a blast seeing animals they learned about on TV and sharing their knowledge with their [...]
Saratoga Day Community Opportunities Program (DCOP) participants spent the month of July finding some of the best summer destinations in the region! They took an excursion to Lake Luzerne to try river tubing with @TubbyTubes for the first time. Everyone enjoyed the delightfully relaxing experience of floating on the water and hanging with their peers! They continued their water adventures with the @LakeGeorgeSteamboatCompany on the Minne-Ha-Ha Paddlewheel Steamboat. They spent the hour long cruise being serenaded by the calliope, enjoying beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains and watching some parasailers explore the lake from above. Finally, they took on the [...]
Some of our Schenectady Day Community Opportunity Program (DCOP) participants have been gaining Independence, self-esteem, and creativity in the most delicious way possible! Cooking class participants showcased their skills at a recent graduation ceremony by independently preparing an amazing three-course meal. The banquet featured an appetizer of beef empanadas and salad, a main course of ziti with garlic bread, followed by a delicious strawberry shortcake and cookies. All this awesomeness didn’t happen overnight. They have spent years honing their craft with Living Resources staff Shamile, learning kitchen safety, the mechanics of using a stove and oven, and how to prepare different food items [...]
Rensselaer County Day Community Opportunity Program (DCOP) has a new volunteer site, @starsandstripesstables in East Greenbush! Participants moved and stacked hay and helped clean out a stall. They also had the opportunity to groom the horses, learning how to clean their hooves. Everyone involved absolutely loved the experience. One of the participants said, “It was great and amazing! It was like a show I watch called Saddle Club. Everyone was so nice to us!” Thanks to everyone at Stars and Stripes Stables for welcoming our group with open arms (and hooves!) Needless to say, we look forward to returning soon!