The Arc Lexington and Schoharie Arc merge
GLOVERSVILLE — The Arc Lexington, based in Fulton County, and Schoharie Arc in Schoharie County, merged Oct. 1, to become one organization, known as The Arc Lexington NY. Both agencies are affiliated chapters of the Arc New York and provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Lexington is based in Gloversville in Fulton County and also provides residential supports in Albany County, and Schoharie Arc was based in Schoharie County. The merger of the two agencies allows them to expand the high-quality programming and services that they will now provide to over 1300 individuals with disabilities in the three counties, with the support of over 1800 employees, with a budget of over $106 million.
The two organizations began to explore a merger in January of 2020, beginning a multi-step process that included due-diligence and a strategic fit analysis to ensure that the merger would be beneficial to each organization, the people supported, and the staff. After a thorough review and much consideration, the merger was approved by both Boards of Directors as well as The Arc New York.
Shaloni Winston, Lexington’s CEO, will hold the same title for the merged organization. Winston said of the merger, “Schoharie Arc had a culture that closely matched with Lexington’s. Both agencies were grounded in a commitment to providing the best for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting employees to rise together to provide a safe and fulfilled life for people we support. Merging our organizations will enhance our culture and financial strength. We are honored to have the opportunity to support people with disabilities and employees in Schoharie County and welcome them to the Lexington family.”
Judy Schelle, the president of the Board of Directors of the merged organization, said of the unification of the two entities, “The merger of Lexington and Schoharie Arc will allow us to expand our award-winning services and supports to people with developmental disabilities into Schoharie County. As a parent, it means so much to be able to increase opportunities for the people we support to enrich their lives and help them reach their goals.”
The new, merged organization, The Arc Lexington, provides residential, day habilitation, employment, family, community and social supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Fulton and Schoharie Counties. In Albany County, Lexington provides residential services, in partnership with Warren-Washington-Albany Arc.
In addition, in Fulton County, Lexington’s programs include supports for young adults with autism and other learning differences through its Transitions program; the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a year-round community arts center for people of all ages, abilities and artistic skill levels; and Flame, a world-renowned rock band comprised of talented musicians who happen to have disabilities, based at the Nigra Arts Center.
In Schoharie County, Lexington offers employment support programs for people with disabilities – New Beginnings, a thrift shop in Schoharie; Toe Path Industries that supports businesses with production, manufacturing and fulfillment services, and Toe Path Bottle and Can Redemption Center.
The merger was celebrated at a Meet & Greet event in Schoharie County on Friday, October 9 at which time new signage was unveiled at the Lexington Schoharie offices at 121 Opportunity Drive in Schoharie. People supported in Schoharie County, as well as families, board members, employees and friends came together in a socially-distanced way to meet the Lexington leadership team, and hear Lexington’s rock band, Flame, perform. The event also recognized the former members of the Schoharie Arc Board of Directors, and members of the Schoharie Arc Foundation, now known as Legacy of Love — Schoharie County.