Golisano Foundation awards $300,000 to The Arc of Monroe to support “Aging With Grace, Aging In Place” campaign
The Arc of Monroe has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Golisano Foundation to fund its “Aging With Grace, Aging In Place” campaign. The Aging with Grace, Aging in Place initiative will allow The Arc to construct two fully accessible ranch homes to offer a higher quality of life and independence to 14 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) supported by The Arc of Monroe.
“The Aging With Grace, Aging In Place project has risen to the top of our priority list because of the expressed desires and needs of the people we support – they are the central purpose guiding all we do,” said The Arc of Monroe President and CEO Tracy Petrichick. “By moving 14 of our residents into new, fully accessible ranch-style homes, we will broaden their range of choices and options. Those who were previously limited in their daily living by mobility challenges, will move safely and easily in their new forever home.”
The Arc of Monroe is one of the largest Arc chapters in New York State, serving adults with a range of disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, gait abnormalities, blindness, hearing loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. With over 45 locations throughout Monroe County, The Arc of Monroe has been offering a variety of programs and services for over 65 years. The agency currently serves over 1,500 adults through the operation of 29 residential homes.
This $300,000 grant from the Golisano Foundation will help The Arc realize its goal of building two new ADA compliant homes to continue addressing these needs.
“In the fall of 2021, we purchased a 1.5-acre property on Long Pond Road in Greece to construct two, 7-bedroom ranch-style homes to help fulfill our mission of creating an inclusive society where the people we support may live truly integrated lives and reach their full potential as a part of our community,” said Tracy Crosby, executive director of The Arc Foundation of Monroe.
“Like The Golisano Foundation, we love to imagine the possibilities of people with IDD having the same opportunities for good health, fulfilling work, and independence in daily living,” said Petrichick. “By purchasing and building single story homes that exceed ADA standards and offer modern comforts and conveniences, we allow those we support to live life to the fullest.”
About The Golisano Foundation
The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. dedicated to making the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Foundation is devoted to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence, and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. Founded in 1985 by Tom Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader, and founder of Paychex, Inc.—the Foundation “imagines the possibilities,” advocating for families, fighting for their dignity, and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities. With more than $60 million in gross assets, it awards about $3 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.
About The Arc of Monroe
The Arc of Monroe has been working passionately for over 65 years to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc shines a light on abilities of the people it supports – over 1,500 people in 40 locations throughout Monroe County. As an organization with over 800 employees, The Arc is committed to supporting the local economy by being a partner and collaborator that aids in the economic development of the Monroe County community. Learn more at ArcMonroe.org.