The Arc of Monroe to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony this Friday for Two New Fully Accessible Ranch Homes in Greece
ROCHESTER, NY - The Arc of Monroe will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony this Friday, March 31 at 10 am at 1051 Long Pond Road, Rochester. The groundbreaking is in anticipation of building two new, 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.
“It’s a wonderful fact – people with developmental disabilities are living longer, healthier lives,” said Tracy Petrichick, president and CEO of The Arc of Monroe. “While getting older is something many of us experience, it can be different for someone with a developmental disability. Because that’s really what this project is all about – creating ‘forever homes’ that allow our residents to age in place as their personal needs change in this welcoming neighborhood.”
In the fall of 2021, The Arc Foundation purchased a 1.5-acre property on Long Pond Road in Greece to construct the two, 7-bedroom ranch-style homes to help fulfill its mission of creating an inclusive society where the people it supports may live truly integrated lives and reach their full potential as a part of the Rochester community.
The two homes in Greece are the beginning of more one-story home builds or purchases, given the needs of the residents supported by The Arc of Monroe. The new homes will emphasize mobility with features such as lower countertops and roll-in showers, as well as smart technologies throughout. The design of the homes will also be focused on helping residents be as independent as possible, which can also help staff with their jobs.
“The Arc of Monroe has always been a trailblazer when it came to empowering people to lead active and enriched lives and empowering them to connect with their community and nurturing meaningful relationships,” said Petrichick.
The project is supported by a $1.3 million fundraising campaign, “Aging With Grace, Aging In Place,” led by The Arc Foundation of Monroe.
Several grants and private donations have funded this project including:
- $300,000 grant from Golisano Foundation
- $50,000 from Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation
- $50,000 from William & Sheila Konar Foundation
- $50,000 from Davenport Hatch Foundation
- Over $500,000 from private donations and event revenue
Thanks to our generous community, nearly $1 million has been raised to date.
“We love to imagine the possibilities of people with IDD having the same opportunities for good health, fulfilling work, and independence in daily living as anybody else. These homes will make a profound difference in the lives of the people and families we support and will help us to continue to cultivate an inclusive community right here in Rochester,” said Tracy Crosby, executive director of The Arc Foundation of Monroe.
The Arc anticipates construction to begin in late spring with move-in slated for early- to mid-fall of 2023.
The Arc of Monroe is one of the largest Arc chapters in New York State, serving over 1,500 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.
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 the 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.