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MLS' Recreation Grant Found New and Creative Uses in 2020

In 2020, Mountain Lake Services received a generous grant from the NYSARC Trust Services in the amount of $12,000 to support recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the more than 300 individuals we serve. During a year in which traditional outings and activities were severely limited due to the pandemic, the funds from this grant were very useful with ensuring our individuals could remain active and engaged in a safe environment.

This year, the therapeutic gardening program expanded their activities by purchasing more equipment for maple sugaring. In addition, items for the upkeep of the greenhouse were purchased. In October, a pumpkin decorating contest took place agency-wide. To include the community, this was promoted on social media and interactively as a contest. A sewing group developed organically during the pandemic. What started as a group making masks turned into many other creative projects. Art has continued to be a focus of Mountain Lake Services, and the grant is making many artistic opportunities available. In 2012, with the use of funds from the recreation grant, we established a Recreation Center. This building has expanded and with this year's funds, more opportunities are being created for groups of houses to go someplace safe and have a multitude of activities to choose from. Items for a "traveling carnival" were purchased as well. Again, pandemic restrictions were accommodated. Mountain Lake Services has a trail and lean-to behind one of the properties. Equipment was purchased to maintain the trail and repair the aging lean-to. This will give many the opportunity to hike, camp, and snowshoe in a safe environment. Purchases also included items to support boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and cycling. Mountain Lake Services is appreciates NYSARC Trust Services generosity.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. For 2020, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,636,000 in grants to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

NYSARC Trust Services provides administration of pooled supplemental needs trusts to help families plan for the future of a loved one with a disability, preserve income and assets for Medicaid planning purposes and long-term care needs, and protect unexpected windfalls of money. NYSARC also administers Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) accounts for people who use a pooled trust to protect settlement proceeds.

For more information, please call (518)439-8323 or visit NYSARC Trust Services online at