The Arc of Rensselaer County provides residential supports to over 170 individuals who live in over 80 locations throughout the agency's service area. The Arc provides a range of services, from the traditional group home setting to supportive apartments and life-sharing. Group residential settings provide 24-hour staff supports to a group of three or more individuals. Supportive apartments provide staff supports to one or two individuals living in their own apartment as needed. Life sharing offers live-in staff support in the same home as the person being supported. Paid neighbors offer live-near supports and reside in either the same building or complex as the person supported. The residential structure varies depending on the needs and wishes of the person supported. The Arc of Rensselaer County prides itself in creatively tailoring supports around people and their families.
The Arc of Rensselaer County prides itself in offering small, individualized settings and is transforming its larger homes to more individualized settings. For twenty years the agency has not developed a site serving more than three people. The largest site provides services to eight people. Since 2000, three group homes have been closed and supports are now provided on a more individualized basis. Another six group homes have been downsized and now support fewer people in a single setting.
The Arc of Rensselaer County offers many unique options to partner with families.
I like to work with the ARC because we treat people like people. We reach for the stars but also remember there that the ground still exists. We have dreamers, visionaries, revolutionaries and natural born leader who are all under the same umbrella. It’s a wonderful place to work and a wonderful place to meet all these awesome people. I honestly believe we are the best in the world at what we do and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
–Chad Roose, Direct Service Manager
The Arc of Rensselaer County