St. Lawrence NYSARC Awarded Recreation Grant from NYSARC, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC (, a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to working for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received a $6,000 grant to increase recreational options.  The Trustees of the NYSARC Trust awarded this grant for 11 individuals to take a trip to 1000 Acres Ranch in Stony Creek, New York, as part of the Agency’s Freedom Reins program. 

The NYSARC Trust Grant provided funds that made it possible for the group to take a two-night trip to the Ranch to experience a range of equine activities including: grooming, leading horses, steering, hay rides, etc.  Riding was also an option for people assessed to be prepared for this challenge.

Freedom Reins further expands the Agency’s growing services for children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities through recreational and therapeutic horsemanship.  Participants involved in Freedom Reins focus on care for the horses, under supervision of a staff person who is also a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH.)  

Currently, the pilot program for St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Freedom Reins is taking place in Parishville, NY at a barn owned by Laura Zellweger, a PATH accredited instructor.  Services at this site run two days a week, weather permitting.  Participants are learning to cross tie, groom, feed, catch, and lead a horse to graze.  

The NYSARC Trusts administer supplemental needs trusts that enable persons with disabilities to remain in their home and community and retain their Medicaid eligible services.  The Trustees utilize remainder funds to benefit other persons with disabilities.  During the last 12 months, the Trusts have provided $750,000 to support Chapter Guardianship and over $50,000 in direct grants to individuals in need at the Chapter.  Information on how you may benefit from a NYSARC Trust is available by calling 800-735-8924 or at

Freedom Reins is partially supported with an additional grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation, Inc.  To learn more about programs offered at St. Lawrence NYSARC, visit, call 315-379-9531, or find us on Facebook.  

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In the photo from left to right: Eric Walsh and Greta Bellardini of St. Lawrence NYSARC, enjoying a visit to 1000 Acres Ranch.

About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities. 

Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC

December 13, 2013