April 2020 Newsletter
Leadership Message
Spring greetings,

It has certainly been a difficult and trying time in our community the last couple weeks as we face the reality of COVID-19 and work together to limit its spread and impact.

I can assure you that here at ACHIEVE, we have been working tirelessly and proactively to ensure that the safety of the individuals we serve and our staff is our top priority, implementing precautionary steps, communicating internally and externally, and following guidance of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and Department of Health. While this has caused some disruption to our services, we can confidently say that we’re doing all we can to prevent the spread of this virus throughout our community.

We are #ACHIEVEProud, and I’m incredibly proud of our agency’s ability to come together to provide creative solutions for our individuals while protecting their safety. And I’m so grateful and proud of our dedicated and willing Direct Support staff, who continue to step up and serve our individuals selflessly in the face of a difficult and, at times, overwhelming situation. Their care is the backbone of our agency, and I am so thankful for the work they continue to do every day.

As our community continues to tackle this crisis, ACHIEVE remains committed to doing our part to be stewards of safety, and I appreciate the understanding, commitment and continued support.

Best Regards,
Amy Howard
Chief Executive Officer

As our community faces trying times, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on some of the most amazing people we know – our staff! Our individuals rely on us, specifically our Direct Support Professionals, each and every day. Our DSPs are there to make sure those we support feel safe, happy, and stay healthy.

They are the ones ensuring that everyone is properly cared for, and, most importantly, being a friend when they need it most. We continue to take all precautions necessary to ensure our staff and individuals supported are protected, and simply wish to tell our phenomenal staff, THANK YOU.

Please Support Local Businesses!

At this difficult time in our community, we wanted to remind our ACHIEVE family to support our local restaurants, who are still open for takeout and delivery, serving up their delicious food.

We want to recognize our AMAZING Savor the Summer vendors who give so much to our community, so please help us give back to them by considering placing an order!

Another great way to help them is to purchase gift certificates now to use later!

Thank you for giving back to your community by supporting local restaurants, and thank you ACHIEVE vendors, one and all! 
Now Hiring:
ACHIEVE is considered an Essential Business, and we are still hiring. If you are looking to make a difference and want a rewarding career, then consider applying to ACHIEVE online!
  • Residential Direct Support Professionals
  • Program Manager
  • Assistant Residence Managers
  • Maintenance Technician Level 1
3for5 Campaign
Human service providers of supports and services, advocates, individuals, and families across New York State urge their lawmakers to support and fund a 3% increase annually for 5 years. The time is now to commit to “3for5” so our communities thrive!

ACHIEVE would like to thank our State Legislators for taking the time to meet with our staff, individuals, and members of our Board and supporting this vital initiative.

Becoming a CEO
What does it take to be a CEO of an organization? This is what Lynneé, from Chenango Forks Middle School, set out to discover when her Family and Consumer Science class had to research and present on a career they would like when they grow up.

Lynneé reached out to ACHIEVE's CEO, Amy Howard, and interviewed her to learn what it took to become CEO of ACHIEVE, and what her day-to-day could look like in her own careeer as CEO.

It's fantastic that Chenango Forks Central School District is helping their students connect with their community through projects such as this, and we're thankful for Lynneé not only desiring to learn more about what it's like to be a CEO, but more about ACHIEVE! Good luck, Lynneé!
Gardening Club
Chenango Day Habilitation has a Gardening Club that meets on a weekly basis. They are in the process of planning what vegetables they want to plant and talking about growing flowers to make hanging baskets. In the meantime, they made bird feeders out of pine cones to hang near their garden. They covered them with peanut butter and rolled them in bird seed. The guys had a great time making them and hanging them in the trees outside for the birds!
National Oreo Day
What better way to celebrate National Oreo Day than by spending time with your friends in Recreation Respite and making Oreo truffles and Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies?
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by creating fun Thing 1, Thing 2 hats at our Broome Day Habilitation!
Morning Work
Bobby, the Mayor of Day Habilitation, wanted to give one of our staff members a break by enjoying his morning cup-o'-joe at her desk!
Culture Club
Our Chenango Day Habilitation Culture Club chooses different places around the world to learn about, including their culture and holidays celebrated, and then take part in them! For the month of February, the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans was their focus. Everyone made masquerade masks, then on Fat Tuesday, spent the afternoon making 'mocktails' out of seltzer water and juice with a slice of lime. Everyone enjoyed their drinks and danced while listening to Mardi Gras music. What fun!
Staff Appreciation Day
Staff Appreciation Day was in March, and some of our individuals assisted in handing out appreciation gifts to our amazing staff!
Beautiful Day
We've certainly been taking advantage of the beautiful weather! One of the housemates, Bobby, had secluded himself for many years. The past few months, however, he has been branching out, attending programs, hanging with his housemates, and loving life! Bobby's housemates are embracing Bobby doing things with them, and they are currently planning a WHOLE HOUSE vacation for this summer, with Bobby stating that he WILL go.
Let's all take a moment to remember that you can't change your situation - but you can change how you choose to deal with it. The ladies at our Sunset House are doing just this by spending time inside with one another, playing a good game of BINGO! Thanks to our staff Veronica for capturing the perfect victory moment
Easter Egg P apier-Mâch é
What better way to SPRING into Spring than by creating a fun Easter egg paper craft with your housemates? Our folks at Main Street have been working diligently with staff on these Spring papier-mâché eggs, and boy, are they looking great!
Northeast Classic Car Museum
Our individuals in Chenango absolutely love going to the Northeast Classic Car Museum, which is where we are holding our 2nd Annual overACHIEVEr's Half-K Classic! A group of individuals from one of our houses spent the day at the museum, and left with a few souvenirs!
Spring Decorations
We are making the best of staying inside by getting ready for Spring! Many of our individuals are not only helping to Spring Clean, but to decorate their houses! Our Wildwood house is very proud of these rabbits they made to decorate the office door.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Our staff are not just staff - they are family to all individuals we support. When they are on shift at our residential services, they are willing to assist in any way necessary. We are beyond thankful and proud of our staff for finding creative ways to give everyone served a little sense of normalcy during these uncertain times.
Lauren gave haircuts to some of the individuals while on shift.
We worked together to make treats for the birds outside.
Our Chenango Chimes Group practiced their routine.
Tioga supported their community by baking dog treats for the local shelters.
We added some color into our lives by making tie dye shirts.
We baked delicious treats for our housemates.
Surprise Baby Shower
Heaven Fink, the Assistant Residence Manager at our Patterson house, will be expecting her first granddaughter in a few short weeks. Because of COVID-19, a much anticipated baby shower for first-time parents/grand-parents was canceled. As anyone can imagine, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and broke her heart to have to miss out on this experience. Hearing this, the Patterson/Wildwood staff sprung into action!
Each staff purchased a gift for Heaven and her family, thinking outside the box to maintain a safe environment for all and respect social distancing. Over the last week, staff dropped gifts off in a traditional "ding-dong- ditch" fashion at Patterson. When it was safe, staff retrieved the gifts and hid them out of Heaven's sight, then overnight staff, Loan Nguyen, gathered everything together and arranged them on the desk for Heaven.

When Heaven reported to her shift at 8 a.m., you can imagine her surprise. Even though each of us would have loved to see her reaction, no staff showed up outside of their scheduled shift, but each staff contributed to make her day a little bit brighter.

Congratulations to the following employee for receiving a promotion in February!
  • Brittni Snyder - Assistant Residential Manager
ACHIEVE's 2020 Membership Campaign
Your membership and inclusion in the agency helps support the individuals we serve by creating more opportunities for personal growth and achievements.

Your membership helps give them a voice! Membership provides our agency more power to advocate legislatively at the state and national levels. As an agency, we continue to face economic challenges, and larger membership numbers gives us a stronger voice.
2 5th Annual Bob Warner Pin Crushing Classic
In the wake of COVID-19, the Pin Crushing Committee had to make the difficult and unprecedented decision of cancelling the 25 th Annual Bob Warner Pin Crushing Classic this year. 

This tournament was started for our individuals, and their safety is our biggest priority and the driving reason behind all agency decisions at this time.

While this was incredibly unfortunate, we are already in t alks for the 26 th annual tournament in 2021, and will return with new ideas and excitement!

Thank you to all our sponsors for your outpouring of support. We’ll see you at one of our other events!

August 20th- Cutler Pond Road
2nd Annual H alf-K Classic Walk & Roll
October 17th - Chenango
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