ARISE at the Farm Barn Expansion and New Independent Living Center!

You may have seen the dump trucks, cherry-pickers, and backhoes running up and down New Boston Road in Chittenango. Construction crews are making quick work of a new expanded barn and Independent Living Center for Madison County. ARISE is very excited about this project!

The Independent Living Center will house services like ARISE’s Habilitation Programs, Education Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, and Peer Counseling. There will be more stalls for our horses and even one for Matilda, our inquisitive donkey! There will be a larger tack room and renovated kitchen area for staff. Construction crews are currently working on exteriors. Work on interior offices and accessible horse stalls will follow. The renovations were made possible through a grant from New York State’s Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP). One long-term benefit ARISE expects to achieve from the renovation project is increased agency capacity to continue to meet the growing needs of the community we serve. A second benefit of the renovation project is the ability to expand existing services and add new ones without placing an additional financial burden on the agency. The expansion is expected to be finished early in the new year.