Greetings Everyone!

It’s official, Fall is here! The mornings are cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are changing.

September marked another busy month at ACHIEVE, as we continue to safely get back out into the community and find new and creative ways to provide supports across our three counties.

On September 13th, we kicked off National Direct Support Professionals Week, which always serves as a reminder of the incredible work of our essential frontline staff, but felt all the more important this year. We have been fortunate and blessed to have our amazing DSPs, who’ve stepped up in countless ways over the last couple months, and I’d once again like to take a moment and recognize their hard work and dedication to ACHIEVE. I hope you’ll take a moment and watch our tribute video to our DSPs below.

Following the success of our inaugural event last year, we were looking forward to bringing our 2nd annual Half-K Classic fundraiser back to Norwich in October, but in the interest of safety, we’ve made the transition to a virtual Half-K event. While we can’t be together like we’d planned, I’d invite anyone in Broome, Chenango and Tioga County to participate and send in your photos walking, running or riding in style in our beautiful upstate Fall weather. More details on participating are below.

While things continue to look different across our agency for the time being, we are still so grateful to be in a position to bring the individuals we care for so deeply back on site, and we continue to advocate on their behalf alongside our sister Arc New York chapters against funding cuts that will be detrimental to their lives and the services we provide.

As we move into Fall, we remain committed to the safety of our individuals and staff, and I assure everyone that we will continue vigilantly monitoring the virus in our community in the days and weeks ahead.

As always, thank you for your continued support of our organization and those we support, and enjoy this edition of the Beacon.

Warmest regards,