Oswego Newsletter – December 2013 – Text-Only

Holiday Open House

You are invited to attend the 2013 Oswego ARISE Holiday Open House!

Friday, December 13th

11:00 am — 3:00 pm

Oswego ARISE office (9 Fourth Ave.)

Please come and enjoy some great holiday music and some wonderful refreshments!

Please RSVP by 12/7: 342-4088

Lisa Seguin Appointed to New Management Role

ARISE is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Seguin as Manager of the Oswego MSC/CSS/FSS Department, leading the Medicaid Service Coordination, Consolidated Support Services, and Family Support Services programs.

Lisa’s personal and professional experiences as well as her strong commitment to the mission of independent living and self-direction make her extremely well-suited for this role.

Lisa began her career with ARISE in 2003 as a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC).  Two years later she became a senior MSC.  This year she was approved as a broker and also began to provide OPWDD trainings.

In the community Lisa is known for her work on the Family Support Services Council in Oswego as well as on the state level.  Lisa pursued self-directed services (Consolidated Support Services) for her daughter Kateri, who has Down syndrome, when this option was first introduced in CNY.

The families that work with Lisa have commented on her good listening skills, compassion, and her passion for focusing on the abilities and strengths of everyone with whom she works.   As a senior MSC she has been a great resource and provided guidance to her colleagues.  We are happy to promote Lisa to this expanded role.

Ramp Appreciation Dinner

Our annual Ramp Appreciation Dinner gave us the opportunity to honor all the volunteers that make our program a huge success.  Pictured above are some our volunteers who made it possible to complete 30 projects this year. With their support, as well as donations from the community, we were delighted to build 19 ramps for families in need. Thank you!

Habilitation Department News

We would like to say goodbye to Bonita Doran, Habilitation Coordinator, as she has accepted a position in our Quality Improvement Department. Please join us in wishing her all the best! Good luck!

Central Square Social Club

December 7, 2013  —  Christmas in Mexico, NY

Christmas in Mexico is a family oriented event to welcome the Christmas season.

Our day will consist of visiting some local craft bazaars, free trolley rides, free horse drawn carriage rides, a 4pm parade with a tree lighting ceremony, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus! You may bring extra money if they would like to buy something at the craft bazaars.

If there is snow, a huge crowd will gather at 1 pm to make snow angels on the high school front yard. We can be part of that crowd!

Please eat lunch before you come.  We will eat some supper before we head back home; no money is needed for that.

Pick up in West Monroe across from the old Nu-Mart Store at 12:30pm. Pick up in Central Square at the Dollar Tree parking lot at 12:30pm. Return to West Monroe at 5:30 pm, return to Central Square at 5:30 pm.

Please email Vicki at vaffinati@ariseinc.org or call 342-4088 ext 225 to let her know if you are coming.

Oswego County Ramp Program Fundraiser

Cici’s Pizza Fundraiser on December 10th

Whether you order take out or come in and sit down to enjoy your meal — just say “ARISE” or “fundraiser” when you’re checking out and 10% of what you pay will be donated back to the Oswego County ARISE ramp program! All the money raised will be used to purchase materials needed to build accessible ramps for families in Oswego County.

Cici’s Pizza is located at 7785 Frontage Road in Cicero (right next to Ollie’s and across the road from Driver’s Village) and is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.  It’s family-friendly restaurant that features a custom pizza buffet as well as pastas, salads, soup and desserts for a great price.  If you would like more information on the Oswego County Ramp program, please call Kris Rabideau at 342-4088 ext. 207.  We are always in need of volunteers throughout the county to help build the ramps.

 Teen Group & Central Square Announcements


For Teen Group (ages 11 to 17) & Central Square Social Group (ages 13 to 21 and still in school)

December 10, 2013

Leave from West Monroe across from the Old NuMart store at 4:30 and from Central Square at the Dollar Store parking lot 4:45 arrive at 5:15 at Lights on the Lake.

Leave from Oswego ARISE office at 4:15 pm and from Kinney’s in Fulton at 4:35 and arrive at 5:15 at Lights on the Lake.

After driving through Lights on the Lake we will enjoy eating out together at CiCi’s in Cicero!  CiCi’s is an all you can eat pizza buffet.  They also have pasta, bread sticks, salad, brownies, and cinnamon buns.

We will call parents once we leave CiCi’s to let the parents know what time we will be back.  Anticipated times of return are: Central Square (7:20 pm), West Monroe (7:30 pm), Fulton (7:30 pm), and Oswego (7:40 pm).

Community Connections Announcement

Thursday, December 12th

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will be having a Christmas gathering at the Oswego ARISE office. Please join us for snacks, Christmas music, holiday crafts, and lots of fun! Please let Vicki know if you are coming to this event by December 6th. You can RSVP by calling 342-4088 ext. 225 or sending an email to vaffinati@ariseinc.org. It’ll be a night of fun and a time to see your friends!

MSC Blog

As the cold weather creeps upon us, we should not only remember to protect ourselves from frigid conditions, but our dogs too!  Ideally during winter months, a dog should be inside with their families.  However some dogs spend all of their time outside and need to be protected from the cold.  If not, these dogs can get serious frostbite or even die from winter conditions.

There are many precautions a family can take to ensure the safety and comfort of their pet during winter months. It is imperative to provide adequate shelter.  The dog house needs to be well insulated using straw or hay.  Do not use a blanket or pet bed, as the dog will track snow and ice into the house and cause a “bed of ice.”  If possible, try to give the dog a door to his house.  To prevent wind and rain, simply staple a piece of carpet to the opening on the house.  This will provide protection but also allow the dog easy access.   It is best to direct the opening of the house toward the south, as heavy winds and snow typically come from the north during winter.  The house should only be large enough to house the dog and allow stretching; as dogs use their own energy to keep them warm.  Also, try elevating the dog house off of the ground with a wood pallet.  This will help prevent the house from holding water.  A dog that lives outside during winter months should also always have fresh food and water, as a bowl of water will freeze in cold temperatures

Lastly, always check your dog for frostbite.  Common signs are pale gray skin which is hard and cold.  As the skin thaws, it will first turn red, then finally black.  Check the dog’s paws for ice and snow which can build up, causing cracking and pain.  Finally, if you notice your dog is shivering, bring him inside… especially if temperatures reach below 10 degrees!  Remember, if you are uncomfortable in the cold, your dog probably is too.

 Advocacy Announcement

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd is pleased to announce the Yellow Dot program that is designed to assist people that may not be able to communicate during an emergency situation.

The Yellow Dot kit contains a medical information card and a Yellow Dot decal. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo, place it in the glove compartment of their vehicle, and place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window.

First responders arriving at the scene of an emergency will be alerted by the Yellow Dot decal to look for the medical information card in the glove compartment.

The Yellow Dot kit also works at home, where participants can place a Yellow Dot decal near the front door and place a completed card in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.

Funded by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, the Yellow Dot Program is a free service available to individuals of all ages.

Yellow Dot kits are being distributed throughout Oswego County to law enforcement agencies, local fire departments, and emergency medical service facilities. If you’re interested in participating in the Yellow

Dot program, you can obtain a free kit at any one of those locations, or, you can contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at 349-3411.


ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) is an agency in the New York State Education Department that has helped many individuals with disabilities find and keep employment. You may know the agency from it’s previous acronym: VESID.

Over the past year, ACCES-VR has helped over 900 people in Central New York (including 80 in Oswego County) succeed in careers ranging from customer service to information technology. Services to help eligible individuals reach their employment goals may include but are not limited to: job coaching, employment counseling, advocacy, and financial assistance with training, equipment, and work uniforms.

If you or someone you know has a barrier to employment and is interested in applying, please call (315) 428-4180 to register for an information session or to receive an application.