The Arc of Schuyler is partnering with The Arc of Chemung (Elmira) and The Arc of Steuben (Bath/Corning) to host a rally to demonstrate support for increased funding from New York State to provide a living wage for direct support professionals. Direct support professionals are the core of the system of supports for 130,000 people in New York State who require long-term services. New York State intends to raise the minimum wage, but has yet to provide funding in the State Budget to provide a living wage for these valuable workers who provide direct care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The rally will take place on Thursday, January 12 at 10:00 AM at the Arnot Mall's Community Room, located on the second floor, at the end of the first hallway past Regal Cinemas. Parents, family members, direct support professionals, board members, volunteers, and anyone with a heart for this issue are encouraged to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to a mass mailing including postcards, personal letters, and photos taken at the event. Your presence will demonstrate your belief in the value of direct support professionals and the important work they do. The more we stand together, the stronger our voice.
If you would like to contribute to the effort, but are not able to join us at the rally, there are other ways to add your voice. Share your story or your support by mailing a personal letter to NYS Gov. Cuomo's office. Your voice matters. If you have any questions about this event or how to help, please contact Director of Community Relations, Holly Baker at 607.535.6934.
The Arc of Schuyler, Arc of Chemung, and Arc of Steuben are members of NYSARC, Inc., New York State's largest not-for-profit organization supporting people with developmental and other disabilities and their families. The 47 operating chapters comprising NYSARC support and serve people with developmental disabilities. With more than 110,000 members, the organization supports approximately 60,000 individuals and employes close to 30,000 people.