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Press release from the Genesee ARC:

Genesee ARC celebrated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March with a month-long special project. Under the banner of "NYSARC Gives Back," Genesee ARC Staff, individuals served and Board Members joined together to collect needed food, clothing and personal care items for Eagle Star Housing. Eagle Star, located on Main Road in East Pembroke, provides Transitional Homeless Housing for Veterans and opened in June of 2012.

The purpose of NYSARC Gives Back is to encourage NYSARC’s 55 chapters throughout New York to participate in a volunteer program or project. This reflects the Chapters’ collective ability to give back to the communities who give so much to them throughout the year.

As Genesee ARC serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from across the region, it was a priority for Genesee ARC to partner with an organization like Eagle Star that serve people in need as well – in this case, veterans, with no where else to turn.

During the first week of April, Eagle Star Staff member Justin Nye, a Marine Corps veteran himself, and two of the 15 veterans they currently serve came to the Genesee ARC Community Relations office to load up 12 large boxes with more than 450 different items. Along with a lot of canned goods, cake mixes, pasta and other food, Genesee ARC collected a variety of clothing, personal care products like toothpaste and shampoo, DVD’s, books and board games.

The two Eagle star veterans involved in the donation pick up are brothers, U.S. Army Veterans and are from Genesee County. They shared with ARC’s Sandy Konfederath that they fell on hard times, and don’t know what would have happened without Eagle Star, here in Genesee County.


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