The NYSARC Trust Services Board has provided Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc., with a remainder fund grant of $8,000 to provide recreational opportunities for people supported by Lexington. Last year, Lexington received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services for $10,000 that went toward purchasing recreational game equipment such as foosball tables, ping pong tables, air hockey tables and pool tables.

The funding is providing for Encounters, a social club that brings together young people from all over Lexington, the community and other agencies and helps combat the isolation that often follows graduation from school. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase long-lasting materials such as video game equipment, snow shoes, art supplies and games. The grant will also support other, less durable expenses that generate excitement and keep the group engaged, such as promotional items, catering and gift certificates to defray the costs of some activities.

In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide and a total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants were awarded in 2015 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. Information about how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you is available by visiting www.nysarctrustservices.org, calling 1-518-439-8323 or 1-800-735-8924 (toll-free), or e-mailing info@nysarctrustservices.org.

For more information about Encounters, Lexington’s members-only social club, please contact Katherine Ehle at ehlek@lexcenter.org or (518) 736-3909.

Lexington Receives Trust Recreation Grant

Lexington has launched their new wellness initiative, “Engaged & Empowered,” in its day programs. “Engaged & Empowered” focuses on the principles of Positive Psychology and uses “Health Matters,” an exercise, nutrition and health education curriculum for people with developmental disabilities. Lexington has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to receive training on how to support individuals with their wellness plans and goals. Several of the initial trainees will so on become wellness coaches who support their peers through a program called “Health Messages.”

On Friday, December 20, 2013, Lexington held its first “Engaged & Empowered” Day, an agency-wide event with over 200 attendees that was held at the new Center at Lexington, located at 465 N. Perry St., Johnstown. The day’s activities included a healthy cooking class, aromatherapy and meditation demonstrations, prizes for the most laps walked around the indoor walking track, an awards ceremony celebrating personal wellness achievements and a healthy lunch. Proceeds from the lunch will go toward the purchase of wellness equipment. Lexington will continue to explore opportunities to expand its wellness programs and is actively seeking donations to help purchase additional equipment such as exercise bicycles.

Lexington recently received $6,000 from NYSARC Trust to begin the purchasing of adaptive wellness equipment for the individuals in its day programs. The Trustees of the NYSARC Trusts provided Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc. with a $6,000 grant to support recreational opportunities for Chapter consumers. The NYSARC Trusts administer supplemental needs trusts that enable people who have disabilities to remain in their home and community and retain their Medicaid eligible services. The Trustees utilize remainder funds to benefit other persons with disabilities including unfunded Chapter guardianship programs as provided by statute. In addition to the recreation grant, the Trustees awarded $1,225,500 to support Chapter Guardianship programs. Information on how you may benefit from a NYSARC Trust is available by calling (518) 439-8323 or (800) 735-8924 or at info@nysarctrustservices.org.

To make a donation toward the purchase of new wellness equipment or to learn more about Lexington’s Engaged & Empowered program, please contact Katherine Ehle at ehlek@lexcenter.org or (518) 736-3909.