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Freedom Recreational Services merges with ARISE

Two central New York nonprofit organizations that provide services for people with disabilities have merged.

Auburn-based Freedom Recreational Services for Youth with Disabilities has become a part of ARISE, an Independent Living Center serving people in Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Seneca counties. The merger happened in November last year, but the programs Freedom Rec has offered — the horseback riding camp Freedom Riders, the summer Freedom Camp at Casey Park and the group programming for siblings — will remain the same.

MaryEllen Perry, former executive director of Freedom Rec, said the overhead expenses were getting to be too much for the agency, and over the last year-and-a-half, she looked to partner with other groups.

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