News and Events

Southern Tier Connect is where you are; we are committed to coordinating the highest quality supports and services for the individuals and families of our beautiful region of New York. With offices located throughout the Southern Tier, we are pleased to offer news and events that will bring us closer to the individuals and families we serve.

Back to Work for Jason LeBeau!

Jason LeBeau has a big, radiant personality—he also has a work ethic to match. Jason is the longest-running employee at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta NY, where he has worked as a custodian for 13 years. Early this May, he was able to return to work...

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Discovering the Big Reasons to Go Small

The Handelman Family’s Journey to Care Coordination in Upstate New York Suda Handelman grew up in Unadilla, New York. So when she and her husband, Mark, decided to move away from New York City to be closer to her father, there was no fear of experiencing culture...

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Exploring Employment & Volunteer Options

In this two-part series, eight agencies will present information on their programs, coverage areas, how they can help members find a paying job or volunteer position that is right for them, and how they can continue to support them after they sign on. Each agency will...

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Racker Program Spotlight Webinar

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 10:00-11:30 a.m. EST For over 70 years, Racker has provided strength-based support for individuals with disabilities and their families in Tompkins, Cortland, and Tioga counties. Guided by the vision of a world where all people know they...

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Housing Navigation and Opportunities

On May 7, Southern Tier Connect featured a special webinar with guests from three of our network partners to inform you of the best housing resources and opportunities in our region. Representatives from Habitat from Humanity, Springbrook, and The Racker Center...

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What do I say now? Six strategies for Effective Talk and Text

Do you wish you could easily...Start a conversation?Keep talk flowing?Add your point of view?Politely disagree?Get more information?Make sure you understand what people mean? If this sounds like you, or someone you know, then check out this special online workshop...

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It’s almost time for summer camp!

Summertime is almost here...that means it's time for summer camp! We invited several summer camps to give mini-presentations on their programs, eligibility requirements, cost, and registration process in a special webinar so you can see which one is right for you!    ...

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Connecting Members to the Right Care

A letter from Karen Koch ​My name is Karen Koch. My husband, Tommy, has a cousin, Patrick, who is disabled. Patrick's mom was a permanent resident of a nursing home for over five years. When Patrick's dad (Tommy's uncle) became ill himself, Tommy and I stepped in to...

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Partnering with Providers to Vaccinate Against Covid-19

Above: Springbrook Manager of Nursing Services Jessica Weston gives STC Member Lee Leuty his first dose of the Moderna BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Yesterday, Southern Tier Connect partnered with Springbrook and JM Murray to host a pop-up vaccine clinic in Cortland, NY,...

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Streamlining a Tedious Process

STC Guardianship Assistance: A first-hand account from Jeff and Jenn SchumacherIn 2018, as our son, Justin—then 16 years old—was nearing the age of becoming a consenting adult, we were faced with two major decisions; First, determining that he was going to need us to...

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