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Suffern Residence Named the Arline Rodgers House

Suffern Residence Named the Arline Rodgers House

Camp Venture and the Venture Foundation on June 27, dedicated a community residence for 6 adults in Suffern, New York. The “Arline Rodgers” House was named for parent/founder Arline Rogers also of Suffern.
The nearly 40 guests on hand, filled the backyard of the beautiful suburban home on Willow Drive for an event that brought together friends, family, residents, staff, agency officials and neighbors.

Mrs. Rodgers was honored for her service to the organization as a board member of both the Camp Venture and Venture Foundation Corporations, for board service on several of the agency’s HUD corporations, for her years of service as an agency administrator and for her efforts to help found the organization.

In his address, Camp Venture President John Murphy described Rodgers as an “intrepid parent-advocate” whose commitment to the cause of the advancement of our community’s developmentally disabled citizens was as an achievement that forever changed not only the lives of people like her son, but also the social and moral landscape of our community.

Camp Venture Executive Director Dan Lukens talked about Arline Rodgers in personal terms. “When I first met Arline she was one of the mothers who worked with my mother. I was just a kid then but I grew up to witness how, by their determination and sacrifice, they turned the challenges and uncertainty in their own family lives into a movement that helped a community of people and not just their own children.  Arline’s story is a Camp Venture story.
Arline Rodgers is currently a member of the Venture Foundation board. She also served on the Camp Venture Board.  She worked for the agency for many years as the Assistant to the Executive Director and later as the Summer Camp Administrator until her retirement in 2001.

Residents Michael, Peter, Marie, Dieter and Susie seemed pleased and proud to open their home to the event.

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