Arc of Yates to re-open facility one year after devastating flood; Open House Oct. 5

When record rains fell over Yates County in May 2014, the banks of rivers and creeks overflowed, damaging and even destroying buildings in the village of Penn Yan. Among some of the worst affected was the Arc of Yates building at 235 North Ave., home to programs serving over 150 individuals who came to the facility on a daily basis for therapy, vocational training, and day habilitation programs.

“It has been a difficult year,” said board President Ann McMullen.  “But through all of the moving into temporary facilities and reconstruction efforts, we learned that our staff, volunteers, and the individuals we serve are more resilient than we could have imagined.”

On Oct. 5, nearly a year and a half after the damaging rains, the Arc of Yates will host a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the agency’s return to the building after extensive renovations. The restoration of the facility was completed with funding from FEMA, state grants, and funds raised by the community in the aftermath of the destruction.

“Everything you see, from the stone flower boxes to the new windows, are designed and engineered to prevent damage of that magnitude from occurring ever again,” President and CEO Daniele Lyman said.  The facility includes a large workshop where individuals perform packaging and printing work for local corporations, areas for behavioral and physical therapy, and big, bright rooms for day habilitation programs.

“Returning to this facility will allow us to continue our mission of assisting the individuals we serve to lead meaningful, self-directed lives,” Lyman said, adding, “We are grateful to the community for its support over the last year and hope they will join us to celebrate a new chapter in our history.”

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting Monday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon to include formal remarks and tours of the facility.