Arc of Madison Cortland Wins NYSARC Grant For Lifelong Guardianship Program

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(L to R) Arron Hammond and Bethann Lyon – Guardianship & Compliance Coordinators at The Arc of Madison Cortland.

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The Arc of Madison Cortland was recently awarded a grant from NYSARC Trust services to support the agency’s guardianship program, which makes lifelong commitments to people who have no one else to advocate on their behalf.

The program began in 1993.

A single mother in Cortland County was losing a fight against terminal cancer and this struggling to take care of her 23-year-old son, who himself had Cerebral Palsy.

With no immediate family to help, there was no one that could look after or advocate for the young man’s best interests and needs when his mother passed. The Arc of Madison Cortland stepped in to make a difference, becoming his legal guardian not just for the moment, but for life.

That young man is now approaching 50-years-old and is still very much a part of the program today. He even recently became a volunteer member of the guardianship committee.

“We have made a life-long commitment to the individuals we support, and this generous funding helps the people we support live their best life,” said Karen Stace, Compliance Officer and Director of Guardianship at The Arc of Madison Cortland.

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 2019, NYSARC Trust Services has commit over $2,733,577.00 in grants to NYSARC Chapters statewide.

The Arc of Madison Cortland uses these funds to pay staff salaries, administration costs, and further enrich the lives of the individuals they support in corporate guardianship.

For more information about the services provided by The Arc of Madison Cortland go to or call (315) 363-3389.

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