A group of parents from Saratoga, Rensselaer, Warren & Washington Counties founded Saratoga Bridges (formerly Saratoga County ARC) in 1954 to create a rightful place in society for their children, develop educational opportunities, increase physical, verbal, communication and daily living skills and promote better personal and social opportunities.
In 2006, the Saratoga County ARC changed its name and logo to Saratoga Bridges, NYSARC, Inc. Saratoga County Chapter. The impetus for making this fundamental change occurred because individuals and their families began voicing strong concern and severe reservations that ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) no longer was representative of all the people we serve. The name came from the concept that the organization builds connections between our individuals and the communities where they live, work, recreate and volunteer. In this context, bridges present opportunities to get people across towards a life goal, to act as a mechanism for life’s natural transitions and to offer a safe passage that spans the many stages of their lives.
Since then, the agency has been instrumental in providing the highest quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by offering programs: Clinical, Community Integration, Day Services and Habilitation, Employment and Supported Work, Family Support, Information and Referral, Outreach and Advocacy, Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy, Public Education, Seminars and Workshops, Recreational and Social, Residential, Service Coordination and Transportation. While we assist children, most of our programs are designed for adults over 21 with cognitive levels less than 70.
Our person-centered philosophy is addressed in our mission statement, “Saratoga Bridges is committed to advocacy for people with disabilities by providing resources that enable them to live enriching lives in the communities where they are valued for their abilities and contributions.”
As one of the largest non-profit organizations in Saratoga County, Saratoga Bridges has been providing the highest level of services and programs to 825 people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years by promoting their abilities and achievements. Throughout our history, we have been committed to ensuring that the individuals we serve are able to realize their goals, hopes and dreams as they work, shop, play, and volunteer throughout their communities while leading full, productive and contributing lives. We are a voluntary service provider and believe that the care we give increases immeasurably the quality of life for every citizen. Our philosophy is that every day is full of possibilities!