FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received grants totaling $38,500 from the Trustee Management board of The Arc New York’s NYSARC Trust Services. The funds were used to support local guardianship and recreational programs and benefitted 23 people with disabilities.

The recreational grant was used to fund Freedom Reins, a program focused on the therapeutic benefits of working with horses. Laura Zellweger of Candlelite Farm in Colton was the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship certified instructor who led the program for 16 people over the summer. Participants of Freedom Reins spent time with the horses and cared for them by cleaning stalls, grooming, petting, haltering, and leading. Equine history was studied by the group, as well as learning about medical needs for horses.

Guardianship services are offered by St. Lawrence NYSARC for people with developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Through this program, staff and volunteers are ready and available to assist as a standby or alternate guardian if the need arises.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and SSI. For 2017, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding $2,793,500 in grants to chapters of The Arc New York, statewide. To learn more visit or find us on Facebook.

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About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.

About NYSARC Trust Services:
NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping more than 16,000 people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. Our trust programs give people with disabilities the opportunity to remain in their communities with greater comforts and independence while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones. NYSARC Trust Services administers first and third party supplemental needs trusts for income and resource asset) protection, and individual trust. When protecting settlement proceeds with a NYASARC Community Trust, we can also administer Medicare Set-Aside accounts. For more information at visit or call 518-439-8323.

Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC