Living Resources New York

Living Resources New York Offering programs & services to people with disabilities and their families throughout the Albany/Saratoga, NY region. Beginning with our first home in Schenectady in 1974, Living Resources was founded with the aim of helping people with developmental disabilities live life as productive, capable members of the community.

Since then, Living Resources has grown both in size and in scope of services. Today, we serve more than 1,200 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), acquired brain injuries, and those affected by impairments associated with aging, illness or injury. We offer a full range of services, including: • Independent living skills • Residential Programs • Social, recreational and leisure time activities • Service Coordination • Day Services: Community and site-based • After school program for children receiving special education • The College [email protected] the College of Saint Rose (thecollegeexperience.org) • Employment services and Vocational assistance • Brain injury services • Veterans Service Project • Supportive counseling • Respite services • Arts instruction • Licensed and Certified home health agencies • Companion services • Deaf Services (American Sign Language interpreting services) To find out more, please visit us at http://www.livingresources.org/

Operating as usual

We are ever grateful to Ruth Mahoney, Amanda Goyer, and the entire KeyBank team, who have been dedicated supporters of L...
01/19/2021

We are ever grateful to Ruth Mahoney, Amanda Goyer, and the entire
KeyBank team, who have been dedicated supporters of Living Resources for over 10 years.

Their ongoing support of our College Programs has helped us open the doors to education, supporting our mission to help each individual grow to live as independently as possible. #livingresourcesfamily

Our Living Resources Super Heroes honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. every day by serving individuals with disabilities w...
01/18/2021

Our Living Resources Super Heroes honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. every day by serving individuals with disabilities with compassion, dignity, and respect. #Livingresources #livingresourcesfamily #livingmartinsdream

Our Superheroes are doing their part to kick Covid to the curb - washing hands, wearing masks, staying apart, cleaning s...
01/15/2021

Our Superheroes are doing their part to kick Covid to the curb - washing hands, wearing masks, staying apart, cleaning surfaces and getting their shot. Be like Jovan and get your shot.

Dani Livingston, a member of our Day Community Opportunities Program has been fervently penning her creative thoughts to...
01/13/2021

Dani Livingston, a member of our Day Community Opportunities Program has been fervently penning her creative thoughts to paper in DCOP’s writing group. Not only has she shared about her Christmas celebrations but she wrote a fiction piece about a fantasy land that she created called “Murphingham” and a book review about Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Please enjoy her various pieces below. https://www.livingresources.org/creative-musings/

Vinique Genre works with her whole heart as a dedicated employee of Dunkin' Donuts, having just celebrated her 2-year an...
01/12/2021

Vinique Genre works with her whole heart as a dedicated employee of Dunkin' Donuts, having just celebrated her 2-year anniversary. Her success comes from her hard work, positivity, and collaboration with Living Resources’ Employment Services.

Vinique began this journey as a loyal Dunkin customer who dreamed of being a Dunkin employee. Living Resources New York Employment Specialist, Koryn Shear created the necessary steps to help Vinique realize her dream. Together, they filled out paperwork, prepared for her interview, and even shopped for the needed items. After Vinique’s interview, Koryn followed up with Dunkin regularly, helped with the hiring process and supported Vinique through the first few months.

From there, Lori Ira jumped in to support Vinique as her job coach, helping Vinique learn each new job task to a point of excellence. Lori has seen much professional growth in Vinique as she has learned these new job tasks and navigated life as an essential worker during this pandemic.

Over these past two years, Vinique has been true to her passion, becoming well versed in every aspect of her position. Not only does she run the register, take orders for customers, make coffees and drink orders, and prep food for sandwiches, she also stocks merchandise, supports the drive thru, and cleans the dishes and the serving areas. And she does it all with her signature smile!

Recently, a customer praised Vinique's exemplary customer service (as seen below)

We are proud of Vinique throughout all her growth and many achievements and we wish her continued success as she lives out her dream. Special thanks to our Employment Services team and to Dunkin Dounts for working with Living Resources to make the dream of employment for individuals with disabilities a reality.

Read more: https://www.livingresources.org/ability-motivation-and-attitude-a-recipe-for-success/

Living Resources is most grateful to PNJ Technology Partnersand their president Scott Joralemon for their enthusiastic s...
01/11/2021

Living Resources is most grateful to PNJ Technology Partners
and their president Scott Joralemon for their enthusiastic support of the mission of Living Resources.

The College Experience recently welcomed 2019 graduate Reed Grontas back to the Transitions Program. Although his mother...
01/08/2021

The College Experience recently welcomed 2019 graduate Reed Grontas back to the Transitions Program. Although his mother and the rest of the family was sad to see him leave his Long Island hometown after this extended Holiday vacation, they were able to squeeze in one last adventure on his way back home.

Reed and his mother took a walk through Herald Square and then toured the brand new Moynihan Station within Penn Station which opened on New Year’s Day. The construction features a gigantic, 92 foot high ceiling covered in skylights above the main concourse. From there, he was off to Albany on his own.

While attending Living Resources’ College Experience Program, Reed learned the skills needed to travel independently at the local level with our Community Navigation class. This sparked a bit of a wanderlust within Reed and he discovered there was a globetrotting adventurer within him. He has since been independently traveling long-distance between Saratoga and New York City and beyond.

Reed is also a pioneer as one of the first College Experience students to extend his college career through our CareerNext Program at SUNY Schenectady College.

We wish Reed a wonderful start to 2021, We know his future is bright! https://www.livingresources.org/roving-with-reed/

Rachael Rose, a longtime member of the CEP Alumni Activities Club, celebrated Christmas at home in Poughkeepsie with her...
01/07/2021

Rachael Rose, a longtime member of the CEP Alumni Activities Club, celebrated Christmas at home in Poughkeepsie with her mother Karen, and sister Victoria. In the spirit of 2020, things did not go quite as planned. They had no power from 2:00 AM until 8:00 PM. But as any Who down in Who-ville knows, nothing can stop Christmas from coming. They managed to make minor adjustments to their plans including cooking on a camp stove for breakfast and the outdoor grill for dinner, enjoying great conversation and board games. With a bit of creativity and a whole lot of positivity, Christmas came. Somehow or other, it came just the same!
Pictured: Rachael (left in the green ELF shirt) celebrating Christmas with her sister, Victoria as they dove into the presents on Christmas morning.

Thanks to Paul Buckowski at the Albany Times Union for catching these great shots of Living Resources New York nurse Ade...
01/06/2021

Thanks to Paul Buckowski at the Albany Times Union for catching these great shots of Living Resources New York nurse Adele Cramer receiving her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine! #livingresources #2021ayearofhope

01/05/2021

We are seeking caring & dynamic staff to support individuals with developmental disabilities
in our innovative Day Programs, Group Homes and Community Settings,
in your neighborhood.
All shifts available, guaranteed up to 40 hours/week
Full Comprehensive Benefits!
HS Diploma/GED & Valid NYS Driver’s License, REQUIRED
https://www.livingresources.org/career-opportunities

01/05/2021
Living Resources New York

Living Resources New York

We are seeking caring & dynamic staff to support individuals with developmental disabilities
in our innovative Day Programs, Group Homes and Community Settings,
in your neighborhood.

All shifts available, guaranteed up to 40 hours/week
Full Comprehensive Benefits!
HS Diploma/GED & Valid NYS Driver’s License, REQUIRED

https://www.livingresources.org/career-opportunities

01/05/2021

We are seeking caring & dynamic staff to support individuals with developmental disabilities
in our innovative Day Programs, Group Homes and Community Settings,
in your neighborhood.

All shifts available, guaranteed up to 40 hours/week
Full Comprehensive Benefits!
HS Diploma/GED & Valid NYS Driver’s License, REQUIRED

https://www.livingresources.org/career-opportunities

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01/05/2021

Living Resources New York's cover photo

2020 has certainly been a year of challenges, together, let’s make 2021 a year of HOPE!From our heart to yours, Happy Ne...
12/31/2020

2020 has certainly been a year of challenges, together, let’s make 2021 a year of HOPE!

From our heart to yours, Happy New Year
#LivingResourcesFamily #2021aYearOfHope

As Fred Erlich’s retirement nears, we share a wonderful article from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region highl...
12/30/2020
Fred Erlich retires from Living Resources

As Fred Erlich’s retirement nears, we share a wonderful article from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region highlighting his career. Fred told them that his work here has been “magical” and that it “has been such a great opportunity to create homes and services for individuals who have a lifelong disability,”
The Community Loan fund has been a part of the Living Resources family for many years and we are extremely grateful for all their support
https://mycommunityloanfund.org/fred-erlich-retires-from-living-resources/

Fred Erlich is retiring from Living Resources, Inc. after 39 years. The work, he says, has been “magical.” “This has been such a great opportunity to create homes and services for individuals who have a lifelong disability," says Erlich. Erlich founded Living Resources in 1974 and became CEO i...

"The show must go on" is an expression as old as time and applies even to times of a pandemic. Certainly, modifications ...
12/29/2020

"The show must go on" is an expression as old as time and applies even to times of a pandemic. Certainly, modifications must be made in order to ensure safety of the thespians, but with creativity, their talents can be allowed to flourish.

Our 2018 College Experience alumnus, Nick Williams engaged in his first Zoom performance with his peers at the Blue Horse Repertory Company. Nick helped perform the scenes from, "Revolutionary Road" and "Thor Ragnarok." Nick was challenged to further hone his already impressive acting talents for this performance. He developed his improvisational skills for some spontaneous moments in both scenes and even learned an Australian accent for his part in "Thor Ragnarok.”

Over the years, Nick has received personal advice from the Hollywood character actor Bruce Altman and he attended performances in New York City with the neurodiverse theatre company, EPIC Players. We look forward to more performances from Nick in the future!

If 2020 brought us any positive benefits, it was in the creation of new traditions. Our Residential Program issued a Chr...
12/28/2020
Deck the Halls!

If 2020 brought us any positive benefits, it was in the creation of new traditions. Our Residential Program issued a Christmas Decorating Challenge! All in the program were encouraged to be involved in the decorating of their house with creative homemade crafts and ornaments. Now, our residential team is always up for a challenge and the GAME WAS ON!
Here are just a few of the many photos we received showing success to the contest. It wouldn’t be a challenge without judges and prizes, but lets be honest, all who participated were winners. They enjoyed the fruits of their labor all season long!
https://www.livingresources.org/deck-the-halls/

If 2020 brought us any positive benefits, it was in the creation of new traditions. Our Residential Program issued a Christmas Decorating Challenge! All in the program were encouraged to involved in the decorating of their house with creative homemade crafts and ornaments. Now, our residential team....

Celebrating peace, love, and unity. Let the light shine!
12/26/2020

Celebrating peace, love, and unity. Let the light shine!

Merry Christmas from your #LivingResourcesFamily!
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from your #LivingResourcesFamily!

On this Christmas Eve, we pause to reflect our journey through the trials and achievements of the year 2020. Please enjo...
12/24/2020

On this Christmas Eve, we pause to reflect our journey through the trials and achievements of the year 2020. Please enjoy the attached video! https://youtu.be/1wdDaSDRjB0

Every year, the Living Resources office staff look forward to visiting the various programs to chat with our individuals...
12/23/2020

Every year, the Living Resources office staff look forward to visiting the various programs to chat with our individuals and deliver holiday cheer. Sadly, this year, COVID regulations prevented in-person visits, but true to the spirit of 2020, we came up with a new plan. The result was an explosion of Yuletide joy among our entire Living Resources family. Office staff who were decked out in their “ugliest” Christmas sweaters, elf costumes, and other festive attire executed a spirited Christmas car parade at a safe distance from individuals in their cars and vans. The magic was as real as it gets.

The parade was followed by an afternoon Zoom chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Fred Erlich and CEO Elizabeth Martin) where everyone sang holiday songs, discussed their favorite holiday movies and traditions, and shared their hopes for a new year. Read more at https://www.livingresources.org/spreading-holiday-cheer/

Our December Right of the Month is the Right to a Peaceful Assembly!
12/22/2020

Our December Right of the Month is the Right to a Peaceful Assembly!

We are grateful to the SEAT Center  for honoring us with their Employer of the Year Award!  https://www.facebook.com/686...
12/18/2020

We are grateful to the SEAT Center for honoring us with their Employer of the Year Award! https://www.facebook.com/686901404758845/posts/3456388274476797/

We wanted to send a big thank you to our "SEAT at the Table" Virtual Event Sponsors BBL, MVP Health Care Appolo Heating, Inc. Corey Jamison Consulting LLC Safelite AutoGlass and Alaant Workforce Solutions Thank you for making this event possible! It's not too late to join us tomorrow at 9am! Please see the event page for details or go to our website: www.seatcenter.org

Joe recently celebrated his 26th Birthday and his Super Hero Staff threw him an amazing party!  Things used to be differ...
12/18/2020
Party like its 2020!

Joe recently celebrated his 26th Birthday and his Super Hero Staff threw him an amazing party! Things used to be different in previous years. His parents, Lisa and John used to celebrate at Joe’s residence by having a group dance party in the living room followed by food and cake in dining room. But now, with the house’s pandemic safety guidelines in place, they had to make a new plan. Lisa's mother visited with Joe individually, according to COVID house guidelines. Then, Joe partied with his house mates while very thoughtful staff sent his parents pictures and a video of everyone singing Happy Birthday. Joe's mother, Lisa said, “We felt like we were there. That really meant so much to us! I just wanted to let you know how awesome our staff are and how much they care about our individuals and families!” Read more below:
https://www.livingresources.org/party-like-its-2020/

Joe recently celebrated his 26th Birthday and his Super Hero Staff threw him an amazing party! Things used to be different in previous years. His parents, Lisa and John used to celebrate at Joe’s residence by having a group dance party in the living room followed by

What a difference a day makes! Our Saratoga County DCOP had a great time this week at the Adirondack Welcome Center. Tod...
12/17/2020

What a difference a day makes! Our Saratoga County DCOP had a great time this week at the Adirondack Welcome Center. Today all this is blanketed in snow!

You could say that Kevin Steitzer and Lindsey Renko-Steitzer met at the Living Resources’ College Experience, but that’s...
12/16/2020
Where are they now? Kevin & Lindsey, so happy together!

You could say that Kevin Steitzer and Lindsey Renko-Steitzer met at the Living Resources’ College Experience, but that’s not technically true. They actually met prior to beginning the program – at their intake meeting.

They remember it like it was yesterday. Kevin had on a Nike blue sweatshirt and blue jeans and braces. Lindsey was wearing a Saint Rose T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Kevin glanced over to Lindsey who immediately caught his eye. After this first encounter, Kevin said to his parents, “One day I am going to date that woman.” By the following spring, that prediction came true. They met for pizza for their first date. Seven year later, they became engaged and were recently married.

They have kept their interaction circle very small since March, giving them an opportunity to formulate a strategy for maintaining a healthy relationship. Kevin said, “Communication is huge. If we have a disagreement, we will get mad, but we know we love each other and that is never going to change.” Lindsey continued, “We laugh at each other and are very comfortable with each other. It is what makes our relationship so good.”

While Lindsey and Kevin both struggle with intellectual disabilities and supplemental challenges, with the help of Living Resources and The College Experience, this particular power couple have managed to build a happy life together. That’s all anyone can hope for. Read more below:
https://www.livingresources.org/where-are-they-now-kevin-lindsey-so-happy-together/

You could say that Kevin Steitzer and Lindsey Renko-Steitzer met at the Living Resources’ College Experience, but that’s not technically true. They actually met prior to beginning the program - at their intake meeting. They remember it like it was yesterday. Kevin had on a Nike blue sweatshirt

Do you need a little extra cheer this winter? You could have dreams of sugar plums dancing in your head! Our Schenectady...
12/15/2020

Do you need a little extra cheer this winter? You could have dreams of sugar plums dancing in your head! Our Schenectady Day Community Opportunity Program team designed a tree entitled DREAMs which is currently on display in the Festival of Trees at the Schenectady Historical Society. It will be on display for the rest of the month of December.
Advance tickets are recommended ($6 adults, under 12 free!) Go to www.schenectadyhistorical.org/programs Schenectady County Historical Society

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is seeking volunteers to review their Access to Service...
12/15/2020

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is seeking volunteers to review their Access to Services Guide and take part in a focus group to discuss the usability of the guide. The goal of this review is to improve the guide, and the information in it.

If you are interested in taking part in these focus groups, tentatively set to take place virtually in January 2021, please email OPWDD at [email protected]. They look forward to hearing from you! See below:
https://www.facebook.com/226323387399567/posts/3720648367967034/@

We are seeking volunteers to review our Access to Services Guide and take part in a focus group to discuss the usability of the guide.

The goal of this review is to improve the guide, and the information in it.

We are seeking:
• Parents or people with developmental disabilities already familiar with OPWDD’s service system and who would want to provide feedback;
• People who recently went through the Front Door service access process and would be interested in providing feedback on their experience; and,
•Parents or people who have yet to go through the Front Door process, but who would be interested in telling us what you think you would need to know to apply for OPWDD services.
The focus groups will provide feedback via email or will meet virtually or over the phone, and we expect there will be one or two one-hour meetings, depending on the number of participants.

If you are interested in taking part in these focus groups, tentatively set to take place virtually in January 2021, please email OPWDD at [email protected].
We look forward to hearing from you!

Address

300 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY
12203

General information

Living Resources offers a wide range of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), brain injury survivors and those with impairments associated with aging, illness or injury throughout the Albany/Saratoga, NY region and in Westchester County, NY

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(518) 218-0000

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This is my son Joe who lives at one of the residences run by Living Resources. I know that the pandemic has been very stressful on so many people and on so many levels! Joe is very well taken care of and seems happy. I visit him weekly, socially distant with a mask. It’s not the same ! I miss our outings Stewart's Shops to get green ice cream. Our walks at Collins park and hanging out at my house with Prince, my cat. But most of all our hugs!! Hope the Governor and DOH and OPWWD will make changes soon ! Thanks!❤️❤️
Are there any online groups that I can participate in?
Excited to be shipping out 164 Gallons of Hand-sanitizer to Living Resources New York. Great organization with 41 locations in NY check them out.
Hello. I am a TBI survivor. I was wondering if I could get more information on what services you offer.
I know someone whom you serve whose EBT card was allowed to expire Aug. 31. They have many times tried to reach their worker, who does not seem to know how to fix this! What the ----!
I had the privilege of decorating a tree for The Schenectady Historical Society's Festival of Trees again this year. A huge thank you to all the Schenectady DCOP participants for all their hard work making ornaments and decorating! A great time as always ♡
A fabulous read. Goes to show you one can achieve anything they put their mind too. https://www.facebook.com/100009732702772/posts/997327720601642/?sfnsn=mo
Come and meet Ms Wheelchair NY 2020!! Hear how you can participate in the Ms Wheelchair and Junior MIss Wheelchair Programs. We will have hot and cold appetizers, a cash bar and raffle prizes! All the money goes toward the Ms Wheelchair NY program. Please RSVP using the link below
Hi everyone, It's been my pleasure to be a part of the living resources dcop Program for the past 6 1/2 months, I've been meeting lots of people and making new friends, also I am enjoying all the volunteering we do, and have no complaints whatsoever, so with that in mind, have a wonderful day, and I'll see you around
"DSP's ,Direct Support Professionals, are busy caring for your family while missing theirs. They're rarely doing less than 3 tasks at a time. They're given more than they can handle while doing it all with a smile. They love even when their lives are falling apart. Its a thankless job but it makes a world of difference everyday. They're not just individuals; they are like family. ❤ Re-post if you are a DSP, know one, or appreciate one. This is the truth right there, they go home exhausted and have to keep moving because their own family needs them, when they just want a hot shower and a nap."
I know my niece Amanda Rivenburg was always looking for crafts to do with the clients. I would help her out with some ideas. https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/cinnamon-applesauce-christmas-ornaments-much-fun-kids.html?fbclid=IwAR1jcOd7QkhCkLuA2YPX7XHdpbWV3r-Zz6Fb_AEY--3BHayHCMnsH0cAq5c Here is one idea in memory of Amanda! Always on my mind. Will never forget you!!