Recreational Grant

Mountain Lake News | March 2022

Although these past twelve months have challenged Mountain Lake Services with a continuing pandemic and frequent staffing shortages, these facts making dances, holiday parties, and large group activities problematic if not impossible, our recreational team managed to be consistently creative.

The Therapeutic Living & Recreation Center in Elizabethtown was engaged regularly by the Community Services participants. Lively weekly painting and crafting groups were held there. These groups have grown in leaps and bounds within the past year, revealing as well, the artistic skills of a number of our direct support professionals.

Our summer brought a welcome breather from COVID self-isolation. Our pontoon boat was out on Lake Champlain frequently. There were activities such as kayaking on Lincoln Pond, paddle boarding, basketball, hiking, a scavenger hunt, painting at the lake, camping, jewelry-making at the camper, swimming, picnics, yoga and nature meditation, and nature photography.

A generous grant money from the Trustees of the NYSARC Trusts once again afforded us wonderful items for a wide-ranging list of activities. Some of these items included Arts & Crafts materials for painting on canvas, for sketching, for watercolors and acrylics, oil pastels, clay sculpture, resin jewelry-making, beading, pie baking, nature photography, and wood burning. Also purchased were supplies for autumn and winter wreath-making, jewelry box-making, needle felting, terrariums, yoga, meditation, drumming circles, music therapy, spa parties, beading, model airplane building, and leatherworking. A glider swing for one of our homes was purchased as were camping supplies and a big screen for outdoor movie events.

During our periods of indoor isolation, weekly Bingo games, Paint & Sip classes, and general painting forums were held via Zoom. House specific activities included a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and a Valentine’s Day snowshoeing event followed by chocolate-covered strawberries made as a special treat. It’s A Mystery (a fun clue-based game), Christmas card and gift making, pet therapy, a Spa party, apple pie baking, caramel apple making, coloring contests, painting contests took place during most of our holidays.

Jenn T. won the honor of having her artwork made into the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation holiday card which was sent out to thousands. Kana C. won the honor of having her artwork used for the Mountain Lake Services annual holiday card. Individuals we support hosted and led workshops in painting, needle felting, and jewelry making. We hosted the annual Clinical Christmas party, replete with a Paint & Sip. The team continued to host the popular Mountain Lake Kids, days filled with a slew of activities, including slip & slide, frisbee golf, cornhole, badminton, painting. Team building activities were held for our Cornerstone group as well. A year with challenges, yes, but a year where challenges were met!
The NYSARC Trusts administer supplemental needs trusts that enable people who have disabilities to remain in their home and community and retain their Medicaid eligible services. Information on how you may benefit from a NYSARC Trust is available by calling 518-439-8323 or 1-800-735-8924 or at
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