The Arc Foundation of Monroe presents the Home Makeover Challenge!

Calling all do-gooders!

You are invited to participate in an uplifting initiative to improve the quality of life for the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that we support in 15 of our residential homes.

The Home Makeover Challenge is a combined effort of The Arc of Monroe, Associated Builders and Contractors, business leaders and community volunteer groups.

15 houses have been chosen for a
room makeover project.

Selected houses need functional and accessible updates, including new kitchens with countertops at reachable levels, flooring with accommodating surfaces, bathrooms with walk-in/roll-in showers, community rooms and outdoor decks with user-friendly ramps.

Be a part of this exciting project that will enhance the lives of the people The Arc supports!


How it works:

Contractors will “challenge” one another for Best of Show in several categories.

In-kind donations of funds, materials, services and volunteer hours are welcomed and appreciated.

After project completion, donors and volunteers will have the opportunity to take a virtual home tour to see the transformations and vote on Best of Show.

Home Makeover Challenge Project Timeline

August 2019 - Project plans completed by committees
September 14, 2019 - Project announced at A Toast to The Arc
November 2019 - Project kick-off and media day
December 2019 - Partner and sponsor commitments confirmed
March 2020 - Virtual tour of makeover homes
April 2020 - Thank-you celebration event

Make a Contribution

Helping People Feel at Home

Living in a safe, comfortable home is fundamental to the well-being of all people. That is especially true for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for whom it is essential to provide the right environment to encourage independence. The Arc of Monroe maximizes state funding to continually make improvements in our residential homes for the safety and accessibility of those we support. We continually upgrade sprinkler systems, full fire systems, roofs and driveways.

There are not ample resources available to make the kinds of improvements that also make a house a home — like kitchen, bathroom and living space updates that meet people’s needs and preferences. These types of renovations help our residents feel more at home in updated buildings that better reflect them and their personalities.


Promoting Independence & Quality of Life

The Arc of Monroe’s Residential Services supports 30 certified houses in Chili, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush and the City of Rochester. A diverse range of supports includes meal preparation, health and wellness, social activities and community resources.

Each house has 3-10 residents with a range of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, gait abnormalities, blindness, hearing loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

About The Arc and The Arc Foundation of Monroe

As one of the largest chapters in New York State, we support more than 1,800 adults within Monroe County through the operation of 30 residential homes; health services, including psychiatry, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and speech therapy; day habilitation; guardianship and workforce development.

The Arc Foundation of Monroe was formed in 1992 to provide individualized support and enhanced services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families — for increased independence, quality of life and the opportunity to be fully included in the community.

Make a Contribution

Would you like to know more about the Home Makeover Challenge?

Fill out the form below, or call (585) 271-0660 x2228

Learn more about the Home Makeover Challenge by viewing the video below!

View the coverage of The Arc Home Makeover Challenge by 13WHAM below.

Home Makeover Challenge WHAM News