The Arc Erie County New York Opens New Residence

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, The Arc Erie County New York hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a special community project, a newly constructed residence located in Lakeview. The residence will become the new home for six people with various communication barriers.

With limited housing opportunities available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New York State, this new residence represents a special collaboration between The Arc Erie County New York and the parents/families of the six people who begin moving into the home today. Private fundraising for the project began five years ago by a dedicated group of family members and donors. The Arc Erie County New York was selected by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to operate the home.

The six-bedroom house was designed to accommodate the special communication needs of each resident and features an open concept design with two large living areas, a sensory room and ample space for residents, staff and guests. “Planning and building this home has been a labor of love,” according to Glenn Wetzl, the developer who built the house and has two children who will live there. “I’m so grateful for the support of The Arc Erie County New York and all of the volunteers and donors who helped make this project happen.”

The Arc Erie County New York (formerly Heritage Centers) operates 24 group homes in Western New York including five in the Southtowns which are actively hiring for direct care staff. Interested parties should send an updated resume to: