Saratoga County Day Community Opportunities Program participants Stephen, Katia, Crystal, Nate, and Bob took advantage of last week’s beautiful weather to perform some spring cleaning in the community with their staff Bill Artini. This program makes an annual effort to make their community better, but were unable to gather last year due to COVID restrictions. The group relished their time together. Bob Batchelder said "I am happy to be back in program and working as a team. " Nate Brown added "I am just so happy to help," The beautification of their surrounding community was a wonderful experience for all. [...]
Debbie Duell and Mary Vandyke of the Saratoga Day Community Opportunities Program went on an adventure to the check out our new volunteer site Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville! The 162-acre farm grows large quantities of high-quality vegetables that supply the Food Bank and 1,000 partnering agencies in 23 counties with diverse, fresh produce to people in need. Moving forward, the volunteer responsibilities will be to help with planting, transplanting, watering and harvesting the farm’s crops. The ladies had a wonderful time learning about the different vegetation and were able to get their hands on the onion beds to trim them [...]
The participants of our Day Community Art Program’s Creative Writing Group met weekly at the Pine Grove Methodist Church prior to the pandemic, and although meeting in person ceased, they continued sharing writing prompts and support online. Writing has been an important tool used by the participants to help get through the pandemic. They particularly enjoyed sharing their thoughts about Earth Day! Vinique Genre, the newest member of the group, wrote, “If the Earth could talk it would say that we should take better care of it so that it doesn’t get upset or abused. It should be treated how we [...]
Deletion 22q, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome and VCFS (Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome) is a topic that Amy Maiorano, a graduate of our College Experience Program, understands on a personal level. Amy describes herself as a typical 27-year-old with a “hidden disability” that makes her unique. Her life’s passion is to share about her disability and raise public awareness of Deletion 22q. Deletion 22q is the second most common chromosomal disorder after Down Syndrome, affecting 1 in every 4,000 live births. This disorder is caused when a small part of chromosome 22 is missing and results in the poor development of [...]
Our Ulster County Day Community Opportunities Program recently had a group vaccination adventure and it went amazingly well! Staff members split their program participants into smaller groups to ensure safety and social distancing during travel to the vaccination site. To make their experience even more special, after each person was vaccinated, the staff rang a bell in celebration. Click here to watch a brief video highlighting the experience. Program manager Heather Henderson said, “It was pretty emotional just realizing the importance of what we were all doing together.” Once everyone was vaccinated, the group went out for a socially distanced lunch. [...]
Jorelle was a professional dancer who specialized in the flair, energy, and muscular strength of African Dance. When she was 29, she was injured in a car accident which she attributes to black ice. Although many things have changed for Jorelle, creative expression still dominates her personality. She delights in the yoga and mindfulness classes she takes through Living Resources’ Acquired Brain Injury group. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of oneself in the present moment, without judgement. This weekly meeting provides Jorelle with structure that breeds calm, particularly during this time when everything is still so unknown. She writes: [...]
College Experience graduates Zahin Momen and Sara Lehnert have been enjoying their volunteer shifts at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at their new site in Latham, NY. Due to the pandemic, businesses have closed and many people have lost their source of income, causing them to reach out to food pantries for assistance. Eager to help, Zahin and Sara have been teaming up with the other volunteers to get food to people in need. They sort and repack donations of food and non-food items, preparing them to be loaded onto trucks. Once on the trucks, the packages are [...]
Our College Experience Alumni Activities Club enjoyed their first trip to the Goldfish Swim School - Colonie for an open swim session. Nick Williams and Megan Matuszek took the opportunity last week to marinate in the 90-degree heated pool water, finding it to be a perfect escape from the frigid winter. They clearly enjoyed themselves and look forward to repeating it in the near future!
Our individuals who live at The Intrada in Saratoga had the opportunity to get their COVID- 19 shot this month. Manager Lindsey Ryan shared that the group was, “all very excited- a bit nervous, but overall excited to get the vaccine because they knew that it was going to keep them safe.” All of the individuals said it didn’t hurt at all, and it felt just like getting the flu shot. People’s arms were a little sore the next day, but they were grateful that they were *finally* able to get vaccinated! Toby Slyman said “I got my shot so that [...]
Dinner, dancing, and delicious desserts! Is there a better way to Valentine’s Day? All the individuals who live at this Living Resources’ residence in Saratoga helped with everything for their special party. They planned the event, cooked the meal, and even dipped the strawberries themselves prior to enjoying their feast. They then danced to their hearts’ content enjoyed and each other’s company before cleaning everything up. Here’s to the celebration of love within our #LivingResourcesFamily. We wish everyone all the love your heart can hold, from our Heart to yours!