Over 100 guests, participants and staff joined ACHIEVE for a special ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new, multi-generational adult social program, On the Pond ~ At Cutler. This unique program allows adults of all ages to socialize and participate in a variety of activities of their choosing, enabling individuals to build knowledge, confidence and relationships through education, recreation and volunteerism.
The program, which opened in October, serves approximately 40 individuals daily. ACHIEVE used National Jersey Day as a theme for the celebration; representing what can be accomplished through teamwork.
Amy Howard, ACHIEVE’s CEO, stated, “It is our pleasure to open this new and innovative program for the individuals we serve here at ACHIEVE. On the Pond ~ At Cutler offers an inclusive and integrated setting for individuals to continue building skills toward greater levels of independence. We are grateful for the support of our many community partners who helped us bring this project to fruition in a short period of time, and are excited to showcase ACHIEVE’s new day service at today’s ribbon cutting celebration.”
Groundbreaking for this facility, which took place in April 2018, started the renovation of the former prevocational workshop. This 11,000 square foot space now houses program areas featuring new activity rooms with retractable walls for flexibility, conference rooms, and 25 new offices, including ACHIEVE’s Supported Employment Program. This program provides support for individuals with disabilities seeking community employment – from pre-employment activities such as resumé writing and interviewing, to on-the-job support.
As a chapter of The Arc New York, Inc. it is the mission of ACHIEVE to advocate for an enhanced quality of life through skill advancement, inclusion, integration, and independence of persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities through services provided in Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties.