Our Saratoga County Day Community Opportunities Program (DCOP) has been utilizing many of the great opportunities the Saratoga Spa State Park has to offer! The group took advantage of a free guided tour, experiencing the amazing sites and natural wonders of the park. Saratoga State Park staff member Ken led a water tasting tour of the different mineral water spouts, sharing the history of the Park’s geyser along the way. The group was shown what poison ivy looks like and how to spot it, saying, “if it has three leaves, stay away!” They also learned that the water at the Karista [...]
A very special thank you to the KeyBank family for supporting Living Resources during their "Neighbors Make a Difference Day". Teams from both the Malta and Glenmont branches joined together at two of our residential homes to paint wheelchair ramps that many of our supported individuals use each day. Working together these teams provided over 40 volunteer hours, allowing our teams to focus their limited resources elsewhere. KeyBank volunteers truly made a difference throughout our entire organization. Thank you, KeyBank for being such good neighbors and continuing to support Living Resources in so many ways!
We are so very grateful to our community partner Berkshire Bank for sharing the love and the power to get things done on their Xtraordinary Day of volunteerism! Two teams of Berkshire Bank employees harnessed their collective super powers to do some painting projects for us at two residences in Albany. Many hands made for light work accomplishing so much in one afternoon. A special thank you to our friends at Berkshire Bank, we are most grateful!
All cheered when his name blared through the gymnasium speakers, “The Man in the Middle, Number 44, Matthew Tall Small!” Matthew Small, who is part of Living Resources’ After School Program, has shown a passion for basketball for many years. Throughout his High School years, Matthew’s 6’6 ½” frame could be seen running down the court and dunking baskets as part of the Mohonasen Warriors Unified Basketball team. His raw ability and amazing sportsmanship both on and off the court earned him a spot as a co-captain during his senior year. Matthew helped his team win their playoff game against Schenectady [...]
This month's staff spotlight is shining on Crystal Pease, house manager at one of our residential homes. Crystal had been working in retail when her life changed dramatically due to a diagnosis of breast cancer. When her health allowed her to return to work, Crystal craved a position where she could give back to the community, that was when she found Living Resources and we are so grateful that she did. Crystal has been a part of the Living Resources family for more than nine years, currently in the role of House Manager. Crystal, balances caring for all the basic needs [...]
It was a time to celebrate. They sang and danced with every fiber of their being, while the audience cheerfully clapped along, but this was no ordinary talent show. The performers were all participants of Living Resources Brain Injury Services - survivors one and all. The room was electric - filled with passionate performances of iconic songs spanning many decades. Modern hits like Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” were mixed with 80’s dance tunes from Madonna and Cindy Lauper. A group of men brought the theme from Rawhide to life and when the Cab Calloway’s Minnie the [...]
Recently, the After School Program in Colonie combined art and science when they created this amazing volcano out of paper mache. Everyone was excited to watch it get active and blow its top! Click here to watch it explode. Living Resources After School and Adventure Programs provide socialization and recreational activities for elementary through high school-aged developmentally disabled youth by encouraging participation in a variety of site-based and community activities with support from our caring staff members. Typically, parents with developmentally disabled children have difficulty locating appropriate care for their children after school and during school breaks. Our programs provide parents [...]
The Living Resources College Experience Alumni Activities Club recently took an exciting Yankee Trails road trip to Boston to visit the New England Aquarium. Together, they enjoyed an undersea paradise, witnessing exotic species of colorful saltwater fish, sharks, stingrays, and even penguins whose waddle disappeared as they swam gracefully in the water. They were thrilled when a bed of coral came to life before their eyes swaying along with the movement of its undersea co-inhabitants. One alumnus pointed out that one of the fish they saw in an exhibit was a Blue Hippo Tang, the same species as Dory from the [...]
Spring was definitely in the air as individuals who reside in one of our homes in Schenectady County recently took an amazing road trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Staff and individuals alike basked in the tranquil environment, taking in the warmth of the day and delighting in the rich colors and beauty of nature. Together they enjoyed their packed lunches and this delightful day trip. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.
In continuing our series highlighting our College Experience Program (CEP) Seniors, we present Anthony, Kendall, Bridget, Jacob, and Chez! Anthony is interning at Grrreen Dog Daycare where he has been training and cleaning up after the dogs for the past two semesters. He says his favorite class in CEP has been Historical Figures, and that he’s excited to head to Transitions next year and live with a fellow CEP alum. Kendall is currently interning at Schools Out where she helps with games and cleaning. Kendall says she has loved learning how to be more independent and cooking healthy meals for herself [...]