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Newly merged Arc of Genesee Orleans unveils new logo, mission statement

Staff Reports Posted 4 March 2017 at 8:46 am

The NYSARC chapters in Genesee and Orleans counties completed a merger on Oct. 1, 2016, and are now known as “The Arc of Genesee Orleans.”

The organization on Friday announced a new logo for the chapter and a mission statement.

The Arc of Genesee Orleans chose the March observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to announce the news.

The organization serves 1,200 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The new mission statement says: “Be a partner for people with disabilities, and a gateway to opportunities for each person to experience their desired potential.”

The vision statement: “Life-long relationships, enriched by inclusion.”

The Values: “Diversity, Respect, Integrity, Visionary, Equality, Empowerment, Excellence (DRIVE³)”

“Along with our new mission, vision and values, we are excited about our new logo,” Executive Director Donna Saskowski said. “It’s part of the national brand, uniting affiliated Arc chapters across the country. Look for the logo to be appearing on signs, buses, publications, our website, and at community events!”

The unification of the former Genesee ARC and Arc of Orleans County was a two-and-a-half-year process that was realized last fall and became effective Oct. 1.

“It has been a fairly smooth transition for families and individuals,” Saskowski said. “Administratively, some department locations had to choose a new home base, and our official, legal address is 64 Walnut Street, Batavia.”

The Finance Department and Quality Assurance Staff are among departments located at the former Orleans business office at 122 Caroline St. in Albion.

The agency will provide a variety of programs and services with renewed strength and commitment. Looking forward, The Arc of Genesee Orleans will be a partner for people with disabilities, and a gateway to opportunities for each person to experience their desired potential, Saskowski said.

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