“Getting dirty is easy – it’s cleaning up that’s hard.” That’s how Randy Wander summarized the burden of a gardener, and he should know – he has been gardening most of his life. Randy has been part of the Living Resources family for more than 40 years maintaining his own apartment with the assistance of our Albany Supportive Living Program, then moving to a group residence in 2017 so he could enjoy the slower pace of his retirement years. Since he was a child, Randy loved spending as much time as possible outdoors so his family sent him to a farming [...]
Our friends at CDPHP generously donated a block of tickets for the Living Resources family to see a TriCity ValleyCats game. The weather and the company were both ideal, and to cap it off, the ‘Cats came from behind for an exciting win!
Did you know our College Experience Program at The College of Saint Rose holds summer session classes? One of the most popular classes this summer was Introduction to Acting Class. The students are drawn to balancing the fun of taking on different roles with the seriousness of practicing and perfecting a craft. Instructor Emily Padula took her students through the many steps and exercises necessary to become a stronger thespian. Classes focused on lessons such as Script Writing, Improvisation, Body Acting & Movement, and expressing emotions through Charades-like body movements. The semester then culminated with students acting out their scenes while [...]
The Saratoga County Fair only lasts four days. It was a short window of time and Myron did NOT want to miss it! Myron immediately made a plan with his Community Habilitation staff Melanie and they were on their way! Myron’s favorite part of the fair was going to the 4-H Booth for something to eat. He got two fluffy pancakes which were giant- as big as the plate for $1.00. He kept saying "These are so good and only $1.00." Although there were not many animals at the fair this year, a child that was competing in the rabbit show [...]
2018 College Experience alumnus Nick Williams has been in the spotlight these days. Not only is he active in the Blue Horse Repertory Company, a theatre group located in New York's Capital Region, but he is expanding to the Big Apple! Nick is now a proud member of EPIC Players based in Brooklyn. EPIC, which is an acronym for, “Empower, Perform, Include, Create” which was founded in 2016, as a nonprofit, neuro-diverse theatre company dedicated to creating professional performing arts opportunities and supportive social communities in the arts for persons with developmental disabilities. EPIC asserts that only 2% of roles in [...]
The Alumni Activities Club was thrilled to have their first out-of-town trip in at least fifteen months. The participating College Experience alumni and staff, all of whom have all been vaccinated, made their destination a worthy one for this special occasion - The Walkway Over the Hudson @walkwayoverthehudson. Staff drove Mia, David, and Rob to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to trek across the walking path known to be the “World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge.” When they arrived, they were greeted by 2019 graduate Rachael and Mia's mother Sue, who lives nearby. Together they travelled across the steel cantilever bridge across the Hudson River [...]
Moving out is a rite of passage for young adults, and not one to be taken lightly. Our College Experience seniors are getting ready for this milestone, as always with the support of their instructors. They recently visited Taft Furniture on Central Ave. in Albany as part of Suzanne Bernier’s Apartment Life Class. The class is designed to help CEP seniors understand the many layers of moving into their first apartment. Some examples of class discussions include finding an apartment, budgeting, understanding how to pay bills, how to read a lease, safety in the community, and furnishing your apartment. The class [...]
There is a lot of pride at College Experience! Many students are taking an Introduction to LGBTQIA+ Studies class. Not everybody in the class identifies as being a part of this population, but they are certainly passionate allies who believe in supporting their peers and those around them. Instructor Megan Taylor-DiCenzo shared that the students are learning about the history of the LGBTQIA+ movement, the meaning of each letter of the acronym, the flags associated with each of the letters, and all of the relevant terminology. They are exploring the science of being gay, famous (and not-so-famous) gay people throughout history, [...]
With the return of our in-person brain injury services, this amazing group brings back the much celebrated “Brain Food Café.” This weekly event is staffed by participants in the TBI & ABI Program, helping them build basic skills that can help them gain greater independence in their lives. Participants are given opportunities to practice task-execution, money management, cooking, and socialization skills. Proceeds raised by the Brain Food Café go towards supporting the TBI & ABI program activities.
Tor, Zahin, Reed, and Sam are enjoying the arrival of the warmer weather! This group of friends met as freshmen in Living Resources’ College Experience in September of 2017. In partnership with The College of Saint Rose, this two-year certificate program teaches individuals with developmental disabilities the necessary skills to transition into independent adult life. We are proud of how these alumni have grown this past year since they graduated, living together and responsibly holding down jobs and volunteer work, all despite a pandemic. They are able to do so with the support and encouragement of Living Resources’ transition staff and [...]