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We are thrilled to share our new agency video with much gratitude from our Foundation Board Member Karin Hyman-Gentner and Aubrey Guri who graciously offered to underwrite the project! Our thanks to Farrah and Dave Dobbins of MHF Photography who captured our essence despite the limitations of our COVID protocol.

Saratoga Bridges is a Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., the largest nonprofit organization in New York State serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The 42 Chapters comprising NYSARC, Inc. (otherwise known as The Arc NY) are located in every county throughout the state. The Arc NY supports over 60,000 individuals, employs over 30,000 and has a membership of over 100,000.

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Last Wednesday, we benefitted from Cantina for a Cause and raised $3,200! Heath Ames, who owns Cantina - Saratoga Springs with her husband Jeff, says, "We started Cantina For A Cause in order to support amazing local organizations like Saratoga Bridges. They are dedicated and professional, and their mission to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families serves a critical need in our community." Our CEO Jane Mastaitis shared these sentiments, “We are most grateful to be the recipient from the Cantina For A Cause fundraiser. This generous opportunity ensures our ability to provide services and programs that are non funded or underfunded as well as recognizing and celebrating our dedicated team. We want to express our utmost appreciation to Heath, Jeff and their staff for their unyielding support to our community and their confidence in our mission.” Cantina For A Cause was created in 2011 as a way for owners Heath and Jeff Ames to give back to the Saratoga community. From November through February, selected charities are assigned a fundraising Wednesday. Thus far, they have contributed over $130,000 to area nonprofit agencies.#CantinaForACause #Cantina #community #generosity ... See MoreSee Less
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Our gratitude to these legislators for joining us and whose constituents live in Saratoga and adjacent counties - Senator Jim Tedisco and Policy Director Jonathan Pirro; Senator Daphne Jordan and Legislative Director Patrick Cronin; Senator Dan Stec who was represented by Chief of Staff Debbie Capezzuti; Assemblyman John McDonald, III; Assemblyman Matt Simpson and Chief of Staff Matt MacDonald; Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh and Chief of Staff Samantha Torrey; and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. Thanks to our sister chapters - Advocacy and Resource Center, The Arc of Essex County, Lexington, Chapter of The Arc New York, The Arc of Rensselaer County, Schenectady Arc and Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC - WWAARC – who participated by having a few on their teams share their own stories and experiences: Amber Benoit, Kristina Collins, our Mary Jo Hebert, Kyle Rix, Holly Lyons, our Richard Hickey, Kathy Jimino and our beloved Yolanda Gill. We are so proud of Richard, Yolanda and Mary Jo!Our appreciation to John Davidson and D.A. Collins Family of Companies for allowing the use of their Training Room and for providing their stellar facilities expert Darron Moore and IT staff Joe Zorn and to our IS Systems Analyst Web Specialist Kurt Freeman. Watch the Town Meeting at youtu.be/HdJT8CmRElg. We will continue to advocate to our legislators and encourage them to ‘Stay the Course’ and educate any of their colleagues who would seek to diminish any of these gains! ... See MoreSee Less
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On Friday, we hosted a Legislators’ Town Meeting via zoom - youtu.be/HdJT8CmRElg - with sister The Arc New York chapters to discuss two of the most critical issues facing our agencies - the workforce crisis as it pertains to our DSPs as well as the necessity to ensure adequate funding remains in the 2022 NY State budget. Our CEO Jane Mastaitis (top row - second on the left) was the moderator who introduced the legislators and their staff and then self-advocates, family members and staff members who shared their own stories and experiences. ... See MoreSee Less
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Cantina For A Cause raised $3,200! Heath Ames, who owns Cantina with her husband Jeff, says, "We started Cantina For A Cause to support amazing organizations like Saratoga Bridges. They are dedicated & professional. Their mission serves a critical need in our community." Grateful

We hosted a Legislators’ Town Meeting via zoom - https://youtu.be/HdJT8CmRElg - with sister Arc NY chapters to address the most critical issues facing our agencies - the workforce crisis as it pertains to DSPs & the necessity to ensure adequate funding remains in the 2022 NYS budget.

Holy Cow! When Chris was talking with ACE Instructor Stacy Williams about his love of cows, she told him she would create a PowerPoint presentation & turn it into a book - https://bit.ly/3tyZVsI - based on his research. We learned a lot. Excellent job Chris!
#cows #ILoveCows

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