Help Open our New Forestville Center
Here at The Arc, we'll be ringing in the New Year by opening our new day center. This site will provide programming for the 35 people who currently attend our center in Temple Hills. The move helps us maintain our important location in the southern area of the county while positioning our folks closer to a broad range of activities, cultural sites, and recreation venues.
We have the facility and great location. What we need now is your help furnishing the center with tables, chairs, and equipment. This year's Holiday Appeal Gifts will all go toward readying the Forestville Center. We appreciate contributions in any amount. Your gift of $250 to the Holiday Appeal also secures your membership in the prestigious Arc Society.
Look for our letter in your mailbox in the next few days, or click here to make an online donation, and select "Holiday Gift" from the drop-down menu. Contact Tiffany Balmer at email@example.com for more information.
Improvements Recommended for LISS
Under the guidance of The Maryland Developmental Disabilites Council, a task force of families, individuals with disabilities, and providers have made some thoughtful recommendations to improve the implementation of Low Intensity Support Services (LISS).
Executive Director Mac Ramsey, representing The Arc Prince George's County on the task force stated, "These recommendations center on access and fairness. If implemented, they will make substantial improvements to a good program that has been plagued by its implementation."
The report was presented to Acting DDA Director, Patrick Dooley on December 2nd. He was quite receptive to most of what was recommended.
You can read the report that was presented here.
The Arc awarded NBC4-21st Century Solutions Grant
The Arc's community partnership initiative, the "Transformation Project," has been selected to receive a $25,000 grant award from NBC4 and the 21st Century Solutions grant challenge. This initiative celebrates "innovative programs that are creating change in our local communities by solving existing problems or emerging social issues in new ways."
The Transformation Project is a community partnership initiative launched in 2012 within The Arc's Laurel, Largo, and Temple Hills day centers. By forging partnerships throughout Prince George's County with organizations and instructors in the visual arts, dance, fitness, and personal development, The Arc brings the people we serve out into the community. "Our goal is to provide inclusive, enriching, and educational classes, excursions, and fun opportunities," says Melissa Ezelle, Director of Community Partnerships. "This award is a wonderful affirmation of our work and will help us defray some of the sizeable partnership fees and transportation costs we incur."
Director of Family Services, Jessica Neely, along with Joe Warthen, a gifted visual artist who attends our Largo Center, appeared on NBC4 Midday News on December 5th to discuss the partnership program. You can see the story on NBC4's website. On December 18th, Ezelle, along with Executive Director Mac Ramsey will attend an awards ceremony at the NBC4 station. "We could not be more grateful," said Neely. "These resources are truly needed, and we will put them to excellent use!"
View the full December Arc Notes.