March 2019 Newsletter
Leadership Message
What an amazing month of March it’s been here at ACHIEVE! Not only did we have a great time participating in Developmental Disability Awareness Month activities, but we were very proud to join sister Arc NY Chapters in Albany on March 25 th for a 1000 person #bFair2DirectCare rally! We are proud to advocate for both the individuals we serve as well as our valued employees and so happy to hear from the Governor’s office that he will include #bFair2DirectCare dollars in his 2019 NYS budget – we eagerly await the details!
Separately, ACHIEVE opened its 20 th residence this month! A beautiful grand opening celebration was held last week, attended by the four individuals who have moved into THEIR new home, their families, staff and new neighbors. It is truly a blessing to have the community embrace our agency and the individuals we support.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that ACHIEVE has launched a new Risk Assessment Plan as well as a 2 year Strategic Plan for the organization. Common to both plans is our laser focus on providing supports and services to meet the ever growing (and changing) needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Another focus is to increase employee retention by addressing workforce challenges and using innovative approaches to increase employee retention rates.
As always, I deeply appreciate and admire the commitment each of you has made to our organization.
Warm Regards,
Amy Howard
Chief Executive Officer
Cafeteria Help
Submitted By: Victoria Studer
When ACHIEVE's head chef took some time off, there were many people excited to step in and help out in the cafeteria! Program participants, along with ACHIEVE's Division Managers, Vice President of Programs, and Vice President of Development and Donor Relations spent two weeks cooking, serving, and cleaning in the cafeteria!
Danielle House
Submitted By: Charity Harrington
Thank you to everyone that gave to the Danielle House in the month of February! It was great to see members of the community come together and donate to such a great cause.
March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - a campaign that seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. For the entire month of March, ACHIEVE took part in #DDAwareness19 - each week having a different theme.

Click on any of the photos below to learn more about the amazing individuals we serve!
Week 1: "See Me as your Classmate"
Week 2: "See Me as your Coworker"
Week 3: "See Me as your Neighbor"
Week 4: "See Me as ME"
Magic Paintbrush
Submitted By: Tanisha Arroyo
In order to store away all their treasures, The Magic Paintbrush assisted individuals in painting little rainbow boxes! What a great way to get into the St. Patrick's Day Spirit!
St. Patrick's Parade
Submitted By: Kathy Titus
ACHIEVE loved taking part in the Binghamton St. Patrick's Day Parade! We hope everyone had a great day!
New York City Trip
Submitted By: Guy Newman
James had been waiting a long time for this Knicks game and was very excited that it was finally here. We stayed at the New Yorker Hotel which is literally across the street from Madison Square Garden. It was a very exciting game that came down to the final shot. We met many people from Ireland visiting for Saint Patrick’s Day. We also experienced a wonderful dinner at the famous Butcher and Banker restaurant. James said that he had a great time and that he looks forward to another trip next year.  

Bible Study
Submitted By: Wendy Christmas
Individuals from ACHIEVE houses - Chapin and Main Street - love attending Bible Study on Tuesdays! They are amazing in what they know and how much they are willing to learn about the Lord. They are very active in reading and participating in the class each Tuesday Night.
New Spring Members
Submitted By: Caitlin Ropp
Tioga is prepared to hatch some little chicks in about three weeks! All individuals are welcome to visit and learn more about the life cycle of a chicken! Everyone is excited to get weekly updates, and are working diligently on picking out names for the soon-to-be chicks!
National Down Syndrome Awareness Day
Submitted By: Tori Studer
March 21st was National Down Syndrome Awareness Day - and everyone at ACHIEVE took part by wearing some crazy socks! Staff even held a sock contest and the winner won a beautiful sock bouquet!
Check out these fun flower pots made by our individuals to look like leprechaun hats!

Congratulations to the following employees for receiving a promotion in February!
  • Lynelle Davis - Program Manager
  • Melissa Bresee - Assistant Residence Manager
  • Sandra Mock - Director of Information Technology
  • Tammy Vinal - Day Habilitation Specialist
#bFair2DirectCare 1,000 Person Rally
Be Fair to Direct Care Rally

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Roughly 50 people from our area loaded into vans this morning and carpooled to Albany to speak out on behalf of direct care workers. ACHIEVE organized a trip to the Capital that included staff, developmentally disabled clients...

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Auchinachie Cares
ACHIEVE would like to thank Auchinachie Cares for their generous donation on March 22nd! It is thanks to the continued support from our community that we are able to be the areas leading provider of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
March 2019

Charla Crandall
Behavior Specialist
On behalf of the Executive Management Team and the Staff Appreciation Committee, we are honored to award Charla Crandall, Behavior Specialist, with ACHIEVE's April Employee of the Month!

Charla is always willing to help out co-workers and individuals at any time. To read more about Charla and why she was selected as employee of the month, visit our website by  clicking here!
Golden Girls Night
Submitted By: Melissa Blakeslee
“Thank you for being a friend!” What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by honoring amazing friendships we have all made in Rec, Golden Girls style! We had a marathon of the show, played Golden Girls trivia games, and enjoy a themed dinner of Sophia’s Sicilian spaghetti, Pussycat pepperoni rolls, Blanche’s Southern sweet tea, and of course: Cheesecake for dessert.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
National Puppy Day
Submitted By: Melissa Blakeslee
Saturday, March 23, 2019 was National Puppy Day. To celebrate, the Recreation Respite Program collected donations, baked treats, made toys, snuffle mats, and nap mats, then delivered all of the items to both the Front Street Animal Shelter and the BC Humane Society. Both shelters were very thankful, and were kind enough to give the groups private tours and meet some pups!

Happy Mardi Gras!
Irish Dancers
Submitted By: Victoria Studer
ACHIEVE and the SUNY Broome BC Center were honored to have the Carle Irish Dancers perform for them on March 14th! In fact, one of ACHIEVE's individuals, Austin, performed as well! To view our live video of the dancers, click here!
Submitted By: Julie Wold
As the weather starts to warm up, we try to get as much time outside as we can! In preparation for this warmer weather, some of our individuals went out to clean up the greenhouse! Everyone is excited to start planting and utilizing it!
ACHIEVE's 2019 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.
  • Membership is only $5 a person
  • Membership lasts one year, so if you were a member in 2018 please renew in 2019
  • Membership is open to the people we support, their families, our employees, and to members of the community that are 18 years of age or older
  • Invite your friends and family to become members too! The more voices the better
April 6th - Ideal Bowling Center
June 7th - The McKinley
August 22nd - Cutler Pond Road
September 28th - Chenango
Kathy is a very talented vocalist. Kathy has a beautiful voice and is often humming while working, providing a pleasant gift to those around her. Kathy identified that one of her hopes is to become a professional singer and she has the talent to do so. Kathy has participated in a recording session, and often sings the National Anthem for ACHIEVE's events. Kathy brings great joy to everyone at the end of the work day when she sings along to whatever is on the radio. Kathy has an extensive repertoire of musical knowledge and can often be heard singing along with country, classic rock, R&B, hip-hop, classical and new age…all done with perfect pitch. It is a real privilege to hear her talent. 

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