The Arc of Madison Cortland awarded recreational grant to support recreational opportunities for people with disabilities

A group of individuals who receive services from The Arc of Madison Cortland is pictured at the New York State Fair with Matt Mulcahy (right) of WSTM, a previous NYSARC grant-funded trip.

The Arc of Madison Cortland, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Madison and Cortland counties, has been awarded a grant from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the organizations recreation programs.

Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. For 2019, Trust Services will fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,933,000 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This summer, Trust Services has awarded The Arc of Madison Cortland a grant for improving recreational opportunities for the people they serve. The program has already gone on several group trips this year and hosted a number of guests and special events.

“I have enjoyed many trips that the NYSARC grant has funded,” said Erica Ostwald from The Arc of Madison Cortland. “I went to the Sterling Renaissance Fair last year with five other individuals. We saw a jousting match, a few comedy plays and the people who ran the shows all dressed up in the era and talked like they did back then too, it was a great time.”

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