Feb. 1 Update - On January 31, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Bureau of Program Certification completed their required inspection of construction work completed at our Canal St. Intermediate Care Facility in Montour Falls. We are on schedule for people to move back to their “new” home on Friday, February 3. The 10 single bedrooms look new and fresh and new flooring throughout the house eliminates some door thresholds making wheelchair maneuvering easier. The Arc is thankful to Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and our generous donors for providing funding needed to make this renovation a reality. This was truly a community effort with many thanks in order. Watson Homestead, Corning Catering, Elmira Structures and William Long Associates were great community partners who made this project go smoothly. We also recognize this was an all hands on deck venture for staff from all departments who helped out while residents were “on retreat”. Thank you everyone!
Original Article: Fans of the HGTV “Home Makeover” series are familiar with the excitement a family experiences leaving their home for a short time while construction crews complete an interior redesign to create a beautiful new space modified for the family’s comfort and enjoyment. That’s just the thrill that people living at The Arc of Schuyler- owned residence in Montour Falls will experience this January.
Through the support of the NYS Office for People with Development Disabilities and monies raised through fundraising efforts, the Canal Street home where 12 residents live, will be converted from shared bedrooms to single bedrooms, giving people added privacy and comfort in a space they can call their own.
“It has been part of our long range plan that our homes have private bedrooms,” Executive Director, Jeannette Frank said. “Eighty-percent of our residential options will have single bedrooms when this project is complete.”
Residents will enjoy a 4-week retreat at Watson Homestead in Painted Post during the remodel. “The team at Watson Homestead has been wonderful to work with in preparing for this project. The people we support and the direct support professionals who assist them are looking forward to the changes at Canal Street and in the meantime, people will definitely enjoy all that Watson Homestead has to offer,” Frank said.
Construction work is being completed by Elmira Structures, Inc. of Elmira, NY with design by Long & Associates Architects of Buffalo.
The Arc of Schuyler provides 24/7 supports for people with moderate to severe developmental disabilities, including autism, many of whom need medical and/or behavioral supports. Person-centered services are provided with family involvement encouraged to the extent possible.