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!

Work will begin on the houses in January of 2020, with a hopeful completion date of June 2020. At that time, donors and volunteers will have the opportunity to take a virtual tour, and contractors will be recognized for Best of Show in several categories.


Funds raised for The Home Makeover Challenge

The amount of money needed to complete this all of these projects is $400,000. We have already raised a significant amount of the funds necessary to complete these projects.

Between the $25,000 grant from HomeServe Cares Foundation, other Foundations, major gifts, and individual donors, we entered October with $100,000 money raised towards our goal.

We were thrilled to learn at the end of October that the Golisano Foundation gifted us a $100,000 grant AND up to an additional $100,000 match for money raised by community members like you, who recognize the importance of making a home the most comfortable as possible for the people we support.

Make a contribution, to be matched by the Golisano Foundation

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.

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