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Dutchess ARC Celebrates New Name, Honors Its President

Roger Fazzone
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Arc of Dutchess, formerly Dutchess ARC, announces its new name and affiliation with The Arc, the nation’s foremost advocate for serving the country’s 4.6 million Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The organization will celebrate its new name, and new logo, during its annual SnowBall on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Poughkeepsie Grand.

The event will feature a silent auction and recognize Roger Fazzone, president of Maplebrook School in Amenia, as the winner of the Catherine Seeberger Citizenship Award for championing those in need.

“By affiliating with The Arc, along with many other chapters of NYSARC, Inc., we enrich our national organization, which will amplify our influence on the future of service for people with developmental disabilities here in the Hudson Valley, in New York State and the nation,” said Crys McCuin, executive director of The Arc of Dutchess. “In addition to benefitting from the national organization’s widespread support, we’re looking forward to exploring and advancing innovations in service delivery from a county- and state-view to that of a national level. In so doing, we all become stronger.”

From its beginnings in 1971 as Dutchess ARC supporting just a dozen people in a work activity center, the Arc of Dutchess now serves more than 900 people with developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County through clinical and rehabilitative supports, plus vital services related to residential, employment, respite and other family resources; student and parent assistance in the transition from school to adulthood; educational advocacy and guardianship; plus recreation and youth programs.

Now, as a national affiliate, The Arc of Dutchess will have direct access to the organization’s more than 140,000 members and 700 or so local and state chapters.

For more information, call 845-635-8084, or visit the agency on Facebook, http://dutchess-arc.org/

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