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Liberty ARC shared Amsterdam Rotary District 7190's photo.

Congratulations to our very own IT Director, Tim O'Brien!!! Great job.
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Congratulation's to the two newest Paul Harris Fellow's from the Amsterdam Rotary Club! Thank you Anne Boles and Tim O'Brian for all you have done to make our club better in so many ways!

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Congratulations to our very own IT Director, Tim OBrien!!!  Great job.

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Sherri FordCongratulations Tim!

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Katti WinklerCongratulations Tim awesome job

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It's always difficult to say good-bye to those we support, our friends.

Recently, the below memorial was shared at Stephan Bergman's service. It's a meaningful, beautiful and moving tribute to a true friend. Stephan we will truly miss you.

Stephan's Memorial
Stephan J. Bergman, a true gentleman with the biggest and brightest smile and his chuckle that would turn into such infectious laughter, that you couldn’t help but laugh with him are only just a few of the things that will be missed. Stephan had lived in his home for 31 years. 31 years, he was a family member to his housemates, 31 years he had come to know many people that supported him and he called friend. 31 years he had relationships with people that he went to work with, or went to the dance with, or Special Olympics with. 31 years of everyone that knew Stephan to have been blessed by just being around him. There are so many of us that share in similar memories of Stephan and yet they feel so personal. Some of us have been lucky to share in some big-ticket memories with Stephan, like deep sea fishing and catching a shark, Niagara Falls, going to the Big E annually, and the Christmas parties at the house when Santa would arrive. Some of us have been lucky to share in some of the career opportunities with Stephan like, working in the assembly years ago doing, razors, pens, and tape dispensers, or working with staff training and the PT department, and working in the maintenance department as part of safety and assisting with work orders. Whatever Stephan was doing, he took great pride in it. He wanted to look his best and be his best. Stephan was dedicated and never missed a day of work. His work ethic was so strong and committed. Some of us have been lucky to share in the day to day life of Stephan like, helping him get his day started, helping him throughout his day, taking him to his favorite places, and helping him finish his day and sleep through the night. Stephan was a confident guy and took charge of his life. He loved country music and got to karaoke and sing with Skeeter Creek at the house. We must not forget that he took great satisfaction and purpose in being knowledgeable about a lot of policies as well. If a staff needed guidance on exactly what the policy said on how to do something, he was the go to guy. He didn’t even have to be a part of the conversation and yet he was happy to assist. Stephan would also want us to remember how he would start reminding us on December 26th that his birthday was February 26th and he did this almost every day until his special day that he loved so much was here.

Stephan was a friend to so many people that he worked with and lived with. He was also a lady’s man, and most often he was juggling two or three ladies at a time and everyone once in a while, they would talk amongst themselves and before you knew it Stephan would be in the dog house with one or all of them. However, his charm and charisma would put him in the front seat again very quickly. The people that Stephan lived with would know him best. After all, some have spent 31 years with him. Stephan would at times drive his housemates’ crazy this is true and I’m sure that they drove him crazy as well but Stephan rarely got mad. He had to be one of the most forgiving people I have ever met. Stephan always shared a room with Chester, and for a brief time with Lenny. The three of these gentlemen stuck together like glue and always looked out for each other. You could hear Lenny and Steve talking up a storm most nights about work, and outings, and staff and girlfriends, and you could always count on Chet or Steve calling for staff because the other, needed help. Phyllis had her own special kind of affection for Stephan and most days he drove her crazy but she was a lady and he always treated her with respect. Just like he did all the other ladies at the house. He would tell Jamie, to finish her dinner because she had been at the table for so long, and he would yell for staff when Maria would get up and start walking around the house or when she needed staff’s assistance. He was the eyes and ears of Van Dyke and was a genuine, caring and lovable man. He would ask staff about their family, or about their new car, or new house, or whatever was going on in a person’s life. He wanted to know and would ask questions that showed he cared. He loved to laugh and his smile was so wide and bright. He found humor in so many things, if staff left the water running, or overloaded the washing machine and suds were coming out, or dropped something on the floor multiple times, most often, they would be freaking out and Stephan would be laughing, helping the staff to laugh at their own mistakes and realize that nothing was so horrible that you couldn’t laugh at it.

As I read so many of the kind messages that people left on the Funeral home’s website, a common theme played out and that was how significantly Stephan had touched people’s hearts. We gather to pay our respect to him today, and we gather to join together in the celebration of his life, and the impact that he has had on all of ours. I believe in my heart that Stephan would want us to know that he has had a great life, that he is thankful for each and every one of us here today. He’s thankful for the people that he lived with and the relationships that he had. He’s thankful for the people that came in in the morning to help him get up and make his breakfast, he’s thankful for the people that encouraged him to be active during the day and focus on his responsibilities, he’s thankful for the people that helped him end his day and assisted him in the bath and for the people that watch over him at night. He’s thankful for his nurse Michelle, his Clinicians, Barb and Megan, and his MSC Jackie. I know Stephan would want to say Thank You for the people that have been in his life for so many years, Barb, Patty, Marion, Donna, Amy, David, Heather, Laura, Joanne, Kim, Crystal, Garret, Kan, Rick, and Joe. To the people that have come into his life recently April, Patty, Jezella, Tamara, Jay, Kim, Runalco, Julia, Misael, and Katie. Stephan would want to thank the people at Day Program, Deb, Beth, Jamie, Daneen, and Amber. I can promise you that if I have forgotten anyone, now would be the time that Stephan would remind me who they were and so to you thank you and my apologies for not remembering all your names. He would want to give a special thank you to Joann Burroughs for being with him in his last final hours. I thank you Joann for being with Stephan. There are so many of us that Stephan loved and he knows that we loved him. Finally, I would like to challenge all of us here to be the kind of person that Stephan was.

Be respectful, be kind, make your work important, be dedicated to your responsibilities, always look your best, look out for your friends and for your family, laugh at yourself, don’t take everything so serious, say hello to people you meet walking down the hall, and always appreciate a good cup of coffee a fine plate of spaghetti and meatballs and good county music. Rest In Peace My Friend, You will be missed.
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Its always difficult to say good-bye to those we support, our friends.

Recently, the below memorial was shared at Stephan Bergmans service. Its a meaningful, beautiful and moving tribute to a true friend. Stephan we will truly miss you.

Stephans Memorial
Stephan J. Bergman, a true gentleman with the biggest and brightest smile and his chuckle that would turn into such infectious laughter, that you couldn’t help but laugh with him are only just a few of the things that will be missed.   Stephan had lived in his home for 31 years. 31 years, he was a family member to his housemates, 31 years he had come to know many people that supported him and he called friend. 31 years he had relationships with people that he went to work with, or went to the dance with, or Special Olympics with. 31 years of everyone that knew Stephan to have been blessed by just being around him. There are so many of us that share in similar memories of Stephan and yet they feel so personal. Some of us have been lucky to share in some big-ticket memories with Stephan, like deep sea fishing and catching a shark, Niagara Falls, going to the Big E annually, and the Christmas parties at the house when Santa would arrive.  Some of us have been lucky to share in some of the career opportunities with Stephan like, working in the assembly years ago doing, razors, pens, and tape dispensers, or working with staff training and the PT department, and working in the maintenance department as part of safety and assisting with work orders. Whatever Stephan was doing, he took great pride in it. He wanted to look his best and be his best.  Stephan was dedicated and never missed a day of work. His work ethic was so strong and committed. Some of us have been lucky to share in the day to day life of Stephan like, helping him get his day started, helping him throughout his day, taking him to his favorite places, and helping him finish his day and sleep through the night. Stephan was a confident guy and took charge of his life. He loved country music and got to karaoke and sing with Skeeter Creek at the house. We must not forget that he took great satisfaction and purpose in being knowledgeable about a lot of policies as well. If a staff needed guidance on exactly what the policy said on how to do something, he was the go to guy. He didn’t even have to be a part of the conversation and yet he was happy to assist.  Stephan would also want us to remember how he would start reminding us on December 26th that his birthday was February 26th and he did this almost every day until his special day that he loved so much was here. 

Stephan was a friend to so many people that he worked with and lived with.  He was also a lady’s man, and most often he was juggling two or three ladies at a time and everyone once in a while, they would talk amongst themselves and before you knew it Stephan would be in the dog house with one or all of them. However, his charm and charisma would put him in the front seat again very quickly. The people that Stephan lived with would know him best. After all, some have spent 31 years with him.  Stephan would at times drive his housemates’ crazy this is true and I’m sure that they drove him crazy as well but Stephan rarely got mad. He had to be one of the most forgiving people I have ever met. Stephan always shared a room with Chester, and for a brief time with Lenny. The three of these gentlemen stuck together like glue and always looked out for each other.  You could hear Lenny and Steve talking up a storm most nights about work, and outings, and staff and girlfriends, and you could always count on Chet or Steve calling for staff because the other, needed help. Phyllis had her own special kind of affection for Stephan and most days he drove her crazy but she was a lady and he always treated her with respect. Just like he did all the other ladies at the house. He would tell Jamie, to finish her dinner because she had been at the table for so long, and he would yell for staff when Maria would get up and start walking around the house or when she needed staff’s assistance. He was the eyes and ears of Van Dyke and was a genuine, caring and lovable man. He would ask staff about their family, or about their new car, or new house, or whatever was going on in a person’s life. He wanted to know and would ask questions that showed he cared. He loved to laugh and his smile was so wide and bright. He found humor in so many things, if staff left the water running, or overloaded the washing machine and suds were coming out, or dropped something on the floor multiple times, most often, they would be freaking out and Stephan would be laughing, helping the staff to laugh at their own mistakes and realize that nothing was so horrible that you couldn’t laugh at it.  

As I read so many of the kind messages that people left on the Funeral home’s website, a common theme played out and that was how significantly Stephan had touched people’s hearts. We gather to pay our respect to him today, and we gather to join together in the celebration of his life, and the impact that he has had on all of ours. I believe in my heart that Stephan would want us to know that he has had a great life, that he is thankful for each and every one of us here today. He’s thankful for the people that he lived with and the relationships that he had. He’s thankful for the people that came in in the morning to help him get up and make his breakfast, he’s thankful for the people that encouraged him to be active during the day and focus on his responsibilities, he’s thankful for the people that helped him end his day and assisted him in the bath and for the people that watch over him at night. He’s thankful for his nurse Michelle, his Clinicians, Barb and Megan, and his MSC Jackie.  I know Stephan would want to say Thank You for the people that have been in his life for so many years, Barb, Patty, Marion, Donna, Amy, David, Heather, Laura, Joanne, Kim, Crystal, Garret, Kan, Rick, and Joe.  To the people that have come into his life recently April, Patty, Jezella, Tamara, Jay, Kim, Runalco, Julia, Misael, and Katie. Stephan would want to thank the people at Day Program, Deb, Beth, Jamie, Daneen, and Amber. I can promise you that if I have forgotten anyone, now would be the time that Stephan would remind me who they were and so to you thank you and my apologies for not remembering all your names.   He would want to give a special thank you to Joann Burroughs for being with him in his last final hours. I thank you Joann for being with Stephan.  There are so many of us that Stephan loved and he knows that we loved him. Finally, I would like to challenge all of us here to be the kind of person that Stephan was. 

Be respectful, be kind, make your work important, be dedicated to your responsibilities, always look your best, look out for your friends and for your family, laugh at yourself, don’t take everything so serious, say hello to people you meet walking down the hall, and always appreciate a good cup of coffee a fine plate of spaghetti and meatballs and good county music.   Rest In Peace My Friend, You will be missed.

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Lisa LynchSooo touching, god bless him and his family to go through this process ♡

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Ami LynnRIP Steven!!! Thank you for all the memories I have with you!!! Miss you and love you always!!! OxOx This was beautifully said by Jackie

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Leigh MartuscelloWas just thinking of those days...rip Stephen

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Ashley NyaryThat was very well written and hit home. Stephen will be missed

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Mil DennisRIP Steve.

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Vivian Fitz-JamesRIP Steve. Thanks for giving me that Big, bright smile of yours. It always made my day. Vivi

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JoAnn PiurekSuch a wonderful tribute to a special man.

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Jackie ConnellThank you for sharing. Stephen was a great guy and I am honored to have been a part of his life for 23 years.

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Amanda SueVery nicely said. Fly High Buddy

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Brooke ScottRest In Peace Stephen! It was a pleasure to have met you; your smile was truly contagious! You'll be missed by so much.

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Justin PaigeRip Steven

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Lisa KahrsBeautifully said. RIP Mr Bergman.

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Margaret RowleyRIP Stephan...I will miss your smile and the twinkle in your eye!

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AndyErika SlezakRip Stephen!!! He was a great guy!!!

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Barbara DziedzicWonderful words about an amazing person. <3

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Dixie Lee SuitsThat was beautiful ❤️ rest in peace my friend

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Tricia Obrien-PayneLoved you Steve..you will be missed❤️

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Tara Riddle LombardiBeautiful tribute. He will be missed! 💛

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Joe GugliemelliStevo was a great man. I will miss him as I do many others that have passed. You will be missed. Joe Joe.

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Jess BeldenRip Steve Thank you for the memories we shared you will be truly missed

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Nick CummingsWorking with Steve was a joy. It's very true that he would laugh at staff when they would mess up. He and I laughed about me screwing things up many times. He was great at reminding people not to sweat the small stuff. RIP Stephan... Fly high my friend! 🙂

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Tammi KaneI'm gonna miss you "Bunny". RIP Bergy fly high handsom!😍

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Jeanne EllisPraying for the family

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Liberty ARC shared Journey Along the Erie Canal's event.

Join Liberty ARC on Thursday, July 6 as we send John Robinson, Doug Hamlin and their crew off on day ten of their Journey Along the Erie Canal.

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Day Ten, #Journey2017

July 6, 2017, 10:00am

43 Liberty Dr, Amsterdam, NY 12010-5635, United States

Today's leg of #Journey2017 will begin at the Liberty ARC, 43 Liberty Drive, Amsterdam. We will be making a stop at the Price Chopper Supermarkets / Market 32 Headquarters in Downtown Schenectady at 1:00pm and then finally ending our day at Lyons Park 3439 Rosendale Rd, Niskayuna. . We are proud to be cycling for two very important reasons this year. One, to help build job opportunities for people with disabilities throughout New York State and two to help support the creation of the Empire State Trail, and statewide accessible bike trail. If you are so inclined, ride, walk, or just see us off as we start out. If you would like to make a donation, please go to www.ourability.com and click on the Donate button.

Day Ten, #Journey2017

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Liberty ARC added 2 new photos.

Lots of smiles at the Special Olympics NY ~ State Games opening ceremonies.

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Lots of smiles at the Special Olympics NY ~ State Games opening ceremonies. 

Best of luck today everyone!

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Wendy Safford HazzardGood luck

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Janice ShecktonGo team go!!! Good luck!🍀

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Ellie BaileyGood luck, alaways in my memories forever!!!love all the special people i worked with &for.

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Elaine Failing NalliBasketball came in third for a bronze and volleyball came in fourth! Special mention: volleyball was placed in the top division so this was a wonderful endeavor!

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Are you looking to change jobs? Interested in the career that awaits you at Liberty ARC? Don't wait! Call our recruitment coordinator TODAY (518.954.3387) or check out our latest openings libertyenterprises.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal.

Also, if you'd like to talk in-person stop by our offices (43 Liberty Drive) or at our open houses every Thursday from 10-2 at Liberty ARC’s Mohawk Day Hab, 91 West Main Street, Canajoharie.

We’ll also be at the Amsterdam Mohawks game Tuesday, June 27. Chat with us!

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Be a part of a dynamic, caring team. Liberty ARC offers numerous job opportunities and excellent employee benefits.

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Mary McLaskyI made a career change and joined the Liberty family 6 months ago and love my job and am proud to be a part of the team. 🙂

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Nicolette Bardequez-SharpI loved working for liberty

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Ej MccrackenGabrielle Sanders

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Jennie WadsworthI saw Mary....thanks for sharing.

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Katti WinklerI've been working for Liberty for 9 years love my job and the people who I work with it's my second family love the people.♡♡

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Lillis Bladen RominesI work for Opwdd i'm looking for either a part time or a switch to full-time I was just wondering what the pay is

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Mary DonohueI'm a Liberty parent and I know my son wouldn't be the kind of person he is today without the amazing people he has encountered in his years in the program. Many, many thanks to you all.

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Tracey SchaefferIs the medical assistant full time or just per diem??

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Tracey SchaefferMedical office assistance 2 i mean, full time or per diem?

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Brenda L Tambasco-BellI was employed with Liberty from 2007 until 2013 when I left due to some personal medical issues which I have since gotten under control...I have within the last year or so Reapplied to Liberty and have never heard anything from you's. I would very much love to return to the Liberty Family which is basically what Liberty is..Supporting and Providing People With Physical and Mental Challenges with the absolute care and advocacy on a daily basis.

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Stephanie Renee MunfordOne of my favorite jobs. Worked in respite and recreation and then as the overnight staff at one of the houses. Loved all the people I worked with and took care of. It was a great experience.

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Brenda L Tambasco-BellSo did I at the time when I left due to medical reasons I cried because it hurt me that much too leave Liberty...what the folks taught me was values that have instilled in me they may have disabilities but they are more than able ...

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Cybil DouglassAww! Miss these guys!

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Christopher TatlockThe pay should be a lot better for the work you guys do.This field of work can be difficult at times but also rewarding at time also.I have A lot of respect for all the employees that work in this field.I just feel you should have better pay and benefits.

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Elaine Failing NalliI started out in the business office and made a smooth transition to direct support. I am now a day habilitation manager (coordinator) for a program designed to ready people for employment. Never in a million years did I imagine myself here but now that I am, I am not sure how I made it until then. The most fulfilling job imaginable. So many opportunities and so much personal growth can be learned...just by opening your heart and mind. Walking through the doors every day, I forget any trials and tribulations in my own life because the mission is so much greater than me! If you want to make the change, Liberty is the home for you!!!

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Emily CanaryCherokee Barnes 😊

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Les BearClaw StewartI had a group of your patients come for a tour at Fort Klock they were amazing people I want those people who brought them,thank you for what you do. Les BearClaw president of Fort Klock

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