When The Arc New York Strategic Plan was approved by the Board in April 2021, it represented agreement by our key stakeholders to engage in a formal process to move our organization forward in a unified direction and position The Arc New York for even greater success in the future.
A full year into implementation of this strategic vision, we have made great progress on every initiative. We received over 10,500 survey responses from staff across the state to guide our efforts to enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We are implementing significant changes to strengthen our governance process, exploring innovative approaches to programming, detailing best practices and strategies, revitalizing our advocacy efforts, and working to address our ongoing staffing crisis. This collective effort has built trust, mutual respect and understanding among our key stakeholders. We have never worked as collaboratively toward a common vision in the history of our organization.
We committed early on to making this process both transparent and collaborative. As part of our effort to realize that commitment, we've prepared a Strategic Vision Progress Report to inform you in detail of the work completed over the past year, and the goals that have been defined for the next twelve months.
We encourage you to review the full report. As always, we and invite your questions and feedback. It is essential that we work in unison to achieve our goals, build our organization toward the future, and fulfill our mission to provide people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities the ordinary and extraordinary opportunities of life.
There is still much work to be done and there are many challenges ahead, but we have proven that we are indeed STRONGER TOGETHER!