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Berkshire County Arc has opened a new home for men with brain injuries in Lanesborough.

Berkshire County Arc Opens New Home for Individuals with Brain Injuries

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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc received two grants totaling $635,000 that helped build a new home in Lanesborough to give new lives to four men with brain injuries.

Funding for $435,000 came from the State Facilities Consolidation Fund and $200,000 came from from the Federal Home Loan Bank.

"This is part of a larger, statewide effort to move people with brain injuries out of nursing homes into communities to live more engaged and meaningful lives," said Kenneth W. Singer, BCArc president and CEO. "Already one of the individuals goes to a program during the day, and the other three are learning skills to do the same. They are also living closer to their families."

Local support helped furnish a basement game room for the individuals to play air hockey and shoot billiards.

BCArc intends to build more homes for people with brain injuries.

"Not only do homes in communities offer more opportunity for these individuals, it is less costly to the state when they can move people out of nursing homes into the community," Singer said.

BCArc operates 39 homes in Berkshire and Hampden counties, 15 of the homes for people with brain injuries, and 24 homes for people with developmental disabilities. BCArc also runs four day-time programs that serve many of their individuals, along with people outside the programs.


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By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Town Accountant Amy Lane, left, and Town Manager Kelli Robbins at Monday's meeting of the Selectmen, which approved Lane's contract.
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The district wants to set up the fund as a "rainy day" account for unforeseen expenses. Municipal governments commonly use stabilization money for capital construction projects, equipment purchases, winter road safety overruns or even to stem rising property taxes. 
 
In the case of the school district, which educates the children of Lanesborough and Williamstown, it would only be able to use it for a project for which it would have to borrow money to undertake. 
 
"They would be seeking funds from each town. It has to go to a town meeting vote and the amount that they ask for each year can vary, Town Manager Kelli Robbins told the Board of Selectmen on Monday. "At the meeting we attended ... they said they would only be seeking around $25,000 this first year. The issue is that, the way the law is written, they can ask for up to 5 percent [of the town's appropriation to the school]."
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