Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NYSARC Scholarship Nominee Announced

Congratulations to Helen Adams for being selected as The Arc of Delaware County's nominee for the NYSARC Jonathan Weingold Scholarship. Helen has worked at RFI for the past three years and is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services through Empire State College. Helen's application is being sent on to NYSARC where it will be considered among applications from across the state.

In a letter of recommendation, Delsa McEwan, Helen’s supervisor at RFI, shares, “Ms. Adams exhibits pride in the job she does, a teacher/direct care staff. Ms. Adams’ primary concern is the growth and success of those we serve. Her proactive approach and level of energy benefits the folks we serve. Ms. Adams has influenced and made a lasting impression on our folks and coworkers. Therefore, I am confident in stating Ms. Adams is an excellent candidate for the Jonathan Weingold Scholarship.”

Upon hearing of her selection as The Arc of Delaware County's nominee, Helen responded, “Thank you to everyone! I can’t say it's been easy and time is limited, but to serve the great people I work with everyday makes it all worth while.”

Delarc Celebrates Workforce

The Arc of Delaware County (Delarc) celebrated it’s workforce during a recent staff gathering. With over 200 employees, Delarc is one of the largest employers in Delaware County. Together, these staff help fulfill the agency’s mission of supporting people with disabilities in meeting the challenge of their individual disabilities with a growing sense of personal dignity, independence and productivity in an accepting and interactive community.

Special recognition was given to staff who reached milestone anniversaries during 2008 as follows: 5 years: Sherry Bush, Julie Conrow, Jessica Elam, Ron Galley, Heather Greene, Lisa Nunley, Kim Shaw, and Rebecca Townsend; 10 years: Karen Glasner, Tanya Hitt, Carlos Seidner, and Debra Sundstrom; 15 years: Terri Beers and Lynn Hoffman; 20 years: Bruce Mason, Doreen Oles, and Carl Vogel.

In addition, Delarc’s newest employees received a warm reception from their co-workers and were welcomed to the team.

Those hired since July include: (front) Meaghan Condon; (center row, left to right) Judy Conklin, Jodie Beach, Rebekah Ambrose, Anna Hitt, Genevieve D’Addario, and Wayne Kilmer; (back row, left to right) Gerry D’Alto, Colleen Johnson, Crystal Barlow, Jeff Bird, Dawn Butler, Paula Dooley, Lee diLorenzo, Teagra Hoyt, John Hall, Jessica Shelton, Rebekah White, Jeffrey Surgent, and Hillary Zujovic.