The Arc Erie County Opens Bailey Avenue Enrichment Center

The Arc Erie County New York hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its newest City of Buffalo location at 3134 Bailey Avenue. The event marks the organization’s second “Enrichment Center” opened in Erie County that provides supports and programs for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

 

“The City of Buffalo has been the center of our operations for more than 65 years beginning just a few blocks away on Humboldt Parkway,” said William McHugh, The Arc Erie County New York CEO. “This opening in the Masten District continues that legacy and brings programs and services right into the neighborhoods of so many of the people we support.”

 

The new Bailey Avenue Enrichment Center is located in a former administrative office of Key Bank. Gary Quenneville, Upstate New York Regional Executive for Key Bank and a Board Member of the Arc Erie County was on hand and said, “We are proud to have a partner that truly is part of the fabric of what makes the City of Buffalo and Western New York so great.”

 

Programs at the site include life skills training to prepare young adults ages 18-25 to live on their own (LIFE Program), afterschool programming for children enrolled in Special Education classes, and parenting supports for young adults with developmental disabilities that have children (Intensive Parenting Program). The organization has also put in an application to begin providing weekend respite programs for families later next year.

 

During this morning’s events, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy presented the organization with two proclamations recognizing the opening of the Bailey Avenue site and for The Arc Erie County’s longtime commitment to serving Erie County.