"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." -Lao Tzu
I have had the privilege of bei ng selected by The Arc of NY, and allowed by The Arc of Rensselaer Boards of Directors, to participate in their first Leadership Institute. The program was designed by fellow executives from Arc of NY Chapters across the state. It brings Senior Leaders together a total of ten times from September to May, culminating with the presentation of our Capstone Project in early June. In an effort to increase recruitment and retention , my group was assigned the project of creating awareness of Direct Support Professionals to the larger community.  I am excited at what we have done so far and anxiously look forward to the next three months to see what we will present.

A second part of the program was designed to provide time for self- reflection and my impact to others. First, I had to admit that, good and bad, I impact others all the time, even when I don’t realize it. I impact my family, my work, even the cashier when I stop for morning coffee. Having been a short order breakfast cook as a teen, I know my way around an omelet. Even considering myself an omelet cooking expert, I remind myself that there is more than one way to cook said omelet. Just because it is not my way, both ways will fill your stomach. Knowing that numbers speak my language the best I sum up (pun intended) what I realize in this way. Multiplication brings numbers together; the product is always greater than the factors. That is unless you interject a negative number. Then you get a negative answer. Join me in being a positive factor.  
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Just As We Had Hoped! Scrabbling And Scrambling Are Great Fun!
Great fun was had by all who who participated in our fundraising event. After our bellies were full of a delicious dinner made by our friends at the Italian Community Center we set forth on the first Arc Scrabble tournament. Our guests scrabbled, scrambled, competed, and even tried to bribe opposing team players as 3- thirty minutes rounds of Scrabble play took place. But what fun would it be if we didn't throw in a twist! You could buy an extra vowel or a consult with our Scrabble expert, and more! The highest scoring turn of the night was worth 96 points! Thank you or event sponsor Amsure and to the Arc staff who created this FUNd-raising idea to support our Direct Support Professionals Fund.
Will You Be My Valentine?
Brunswick Community Center Services captured the true essence of Valentine's Day by creating works of art as gifts for people they loved.
With funding from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Parent to Parent of NYS is pleased to introduce our latest initiative, Text4Caregivers. Text4Caregivers is a free text service that distributes timely and relevant self-care and stress-management support via text messaging. Texts can be customized to your caregiver experience. As a caregiver, you take care of others; this service exists to remind you to take care of you. To get started and receive FREE text messages from Text4Caregivers, fill out this online sign-up form:
Questions? Contact our Project Director, Valerie Colavecchio
631-434-6196 ext.12

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
One Commerce Plaza Suite 1230 Albany, NY Phone: 1-800-395-3372 Email: [email protected]
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