Have you met Shannan?
A graduate of The Arc’s college program, Kach (Keep Achieving at Brookdale), Shannan now participates in The Arc’s Supported Employment Program, as well as the Achievement Zone – a transition program for individuals with developmental disabilities entering adulthood.
Shannan is also featured in our recent film project, which highlights the importance of employment in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Currently, a life-size portrait of Shannan is on display at The Arc Center, along with photographs of nine other individuals served by The Arc.
The videos and photographs that feature Shannan are particularly important as The Arc nears the end of its milestone 65th year. Celebrations of this anniversary have focused not only on past achievements, but also on the future. The media that features Shannan is designed to better convey who we serve and what we do.
Why is this important?
Within the next 12 months, drastic changes will be made to the way that The Arc receives its funding. After many years of financial challenges, a new state funding structure may put a further strain on The Arc’s resources. In addition to expensive new technology requirements, staff will be forced to adapt to complex new procedures, and the agency will have an even greater need to spread awareness about the services and supports it provides to the community.
Before the year is over, please support our 2014 annual appeal. Funds raised from this appeal are vital to addressing the drastic changes that lie ahead, in addition to keeping programs free or low-cost for Shannan and over 1,300 other Monmouth county residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
What has your past support helped to accomplish in The Arc’s 65th year?
- Wayside Oaks, our 11th residence, opened its doors and is now home to 14 individuals with I/DD, many of whom have come from recently closed developmental centers.
- The Work Opportunity Center (WOC), flooded during Superstorm Sandy, has been completely restored. The center is now providing counseling, vocational training and employment to over 140 individuals with disabilities. WOC has also now been outfitted to house one of our Achievement Centers.
- The 65th anniversary dinner saw over 300 guests, including supporters, staff and individuals served by The Arc and their families. It was a night of dancing, laughter and fun with a record breaking turnout.
Your support will ensure that The Arc can continue to provide Shannan and 1,300 other individuals with a wide variety of critical supports.
Please join with The Arc of Monmouth in continuing to help people “Achieve with us”.
Thank you for your support.
Mary Scott Joyce Quarles
Executive Director Board President
P.S. As you know, all donors are listed in The Turning Point Newsletter. Now, as an additional thank you, The Arc of Monmouth will be listing donations of $100 and above on signage in The Arc Center lobby.
The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
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