Shineman Foundation Awards Grant for ARISE and Hospice Efforts

OSWEGO: The Richard S. Shineman Foundation has awarded a grant to ARISE in Oswego County to expand efforts with Oswego County Hospice, ensuring that people with terminal illness are able to remain at home.

“People with serious illnesses often have decreased mobility,” says Sabine Ingerson, director of ARISE in Oswego. “Without a ramp, people receiving Hospice care would be forced to go into a nursing home or other facility.  Support from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is making it possible for us to purchase additional aluminum ramps that we can install quickly when Hospice makes a request.  We want our neighbors to be able to spend their time at home with family and friends.”

“Our foundation is so pleased to continue its support of ARISE, especially with the additional partnership of Oswego County Hospice,” says Karen Goetz, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. “Provision of these aluminum ramps to people under Hospice care enables them to live out the remainder of their lives with dignity, in their own homes with support of family and friends.”

"Through this partnership with ARISE and the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Oswego County Hospice patients can continue to receive care in their home and enjoy the quality of life they deserve in their final days,” shares Debbie Bishop, executive director of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice.

The ARISE Ramp Program in Oswego County receives no government funding.  Utilizing volunteers, and with support from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, ARISE provides ramps for Oswego County residents who cannot afford them.  For more information on how to become involved, contact Jim Karasek, manager of ARISE Independent Living Services in Oswego , (315) 422-4088, x206 or


ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities.  The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 7,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE offers services in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties and also operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango, NY, and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius, NY.

About Hospice

Oswego County Hospice is a dedicated interdisciplinary team that provides comprehensive supportive services to patients and their families at the end of life and throughout the grieving process. Oswego County Hospice is committed to promoting the highest quality of living for each family according to their personal beliefs and choices.

About Richard S. Shineman Foundation

The Richard S. Shineman Foundation ( is a non-profit private foundation based in Oswego, NY. Its mission is to be a Catalyst for Change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County. The foundation uses its resources to stimulate economic vitality, encourage strong social bonds that strengthen the community, and build the capacity of its non-profit partners.

Pictured from L to R: James Karasek, Sabine Ingerson, Debbie Bishop, and Karen Goetz