The Arc 2016: Year in Review

Wishing You a Happy New Year by Celebrating our 2016 Milestones


The Arc of Atlantic County received CQL Accreditation for another four years. CQL is recognized as a respected international leader that has redefined what excellence in person-centered services and supports looks like in action.


An art show was held in cooperation with the Stockton Arts Garage that feautured paintings by participants of the many arts and crafts classes held each month at the Delilah Road offices. The event was reported by The Press of AC – Click here.


The Arc of Atlantic County celebrated 55 years of service at the Annual MonArc Tribute Awards. The team gathered together with supporters to enjoy an evening of food and entertainment at The Carriage House restaurant.


A new computer lab opened for consumers to stay connected and strengthen their computer skills.The lab helps people stay connected to job boards, advocacy web sites and news.


Our Special Olympics Athletes received an exciting send off from friends and family. The event got coverage from the Press of AC and also SNJ Today.


The I. Rice Golfing for Good Tournament was a success and raised more than $100K.

07 The Step Up for The Arc Walk brought a great crowd of walkers out for a beautiful day of strolling the boards in Ventnor and engaging with the community.

08The OceanFirst Bank House was dedicated to the public.

Volunteers gathered to make phone calls thanking the many supporters and donors to The Arc of Atlantic County on #givingtuesday. The event was covered by SNJ Today.


The Arc of Atlantic County volunteered on Make A Difference Day and worked at many area non-profits including area thrift shops and rescue missions. SNJ Today covered the event.


The Arc AnGels Candle Shop opened and is ready for business, located in the Tilton Shopping Center at 331 Tilton Road, Northfield.



I. Rice & Company raises $101,150 at golf tournament

September 22, 2016 – Egg Harbor Township, NJ – The 8h Annual I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament was held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Linwood Country Club. The tournament raised $101,150 to benefit The Arc of Atlantic County’s Recreational Program and Case Management Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Approximately 140 golfers, including many athletes from The Arc’s golf program, participated in the tournament.

This year’s tournament was once again presented by I. Rice & Company, a nationally known Philadelphia-based manufacturer of fountain syrups, bakery fillings, and ice cream toppings.  Cape Bank Charitable Foundation was also a presenting sponsor of the event.

“Without the amazing support from our business partners and sponsors, this exciting event would have never grown as it has over the last 5 years,” said Steve Kuhl, President and CEO of I Rice & Company, “Our Company has never been more committed to continue this great endeavor in support of The Arc of Atlantic County.”

The I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament began in 2009, when The Arc was approached by local Margate resident, Irv Singer who thought he could raise $10,000 through a golf tournament for The Arc.  That first year, they more than doubled that goal and the tournament has continued to be successful each year, raising more than $513,000 for The Arc of Atlantic County.

“When our case management funding was cut we knew we had to find a way to continue this valuable service. Thanks to the money raised from the I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good tournament we can continue to offer case management support to assist people in obtaining and accessing services that sustain and improve their health and well-being.” said Scott Hennis, The Arc’s Chief Operating Officer. “The Arc’s Recreation Program continues to be one of our most popular services among the people we support, providing more than 300 people with recreational opportunities. The money raised will help us expand recreational opportunities so that more people can participate in this worthwhile service”.


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Linwood, NJ – The 8th Annual I. Rice and Company Golfing for Good Tournament took place on September 15th at the Linwood Country Club. The event raised $101,150 to benefit The Arc of Atlantic County. The annual golf tournament has raised $513,150 to date. Presenting the check is (left to right) Scott Hennis, COO of The Arc of Atlantic County, Pat Jones, CEO of The Arc, Jill Lemon, CFO of The Arc, Joe DiMedio, COO of I. Rice and Company, Steve Kuhl, President and CEO of I. Rice and Company, and Irv Singer, event organizer and manager of The Arc thrift stores.

8th Annual I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament

golf-new-butThe Arc of Atlantic County has announced the 8th Annual I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament will be held on Thursday, September 15th at Linwood Country Club in Linwood. Registration begins at 7:30 AM followed by a 9:00 AM shotgun start.

Proceeds from Golfing for Good will directly benefit The Arc of Atlantic County’s program which provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in our community.

The event started when golfing buddies and Downbeach residents, Joe DiMedio, Steve Kuhl , and Irv Singer, decided to tap into their business contacts and resources to make a meaningful difference in the community, by enlisting the support and assistance of many long-time friends and local businesses and bringing them all together for a day of golf.

“I. Rice is proud to support The Arc of Atlantic County and their mission,” said Steve Kuhl, President and CEO of I. Rice and Company. “We have raised $412,000 for this worthy cause since creating the event. The money has been used to support The Arc’s recreation programs to help their consumers stay fit and healthy.”

“We’re grateful to Steve Kuhl and Joe DiMedio of I. Rice and Company, along with Irv Singer, for their commitment to The Arc each year,” said Pat Jones, CEO of The Arc of Atlantic County. “The event is a major fundraiser for our organization, raising money to fund our recreation programs, while introducing new people to the work that The Arc of Atlantic County does.”

Cost is $175 per person and includes awards luncheon. A limited number of spaces are available. Register online at or call The Arc at (609) 485-0800 ext 141.

The tournament prizes include:
• Top Three Foursome Finishers
• Longest Drive (Men’s / Women’s)
• Closest to the Pin on 4 Par 3s
• Two hole-in-one chances sponsored by Boardwalk Honda and Lilliston Ford
• 50/50 and Raffle Drawings for over $11,000 in prizes
• Putting Contest & “Dunk It In the Dinghy”
• Live Auction opportunities to include: Philadelphia Eagles Tickets, Golf Foursomes, Casino Overnight Stays/Dinners, and more

Sponsorship and Volunteer opportunities are available. Visit for more information. or contact Calum Kennedy at 609-485-0800 ext. 137 or

About I. Rice and Company: I. Rice & Company, Inc. was founded in 1884 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I. Rice & Company, Inc. manufactures food ingredients, flavors and bases, used in the manufacture of baked goods, flavor bases, ice flavors, beverages and other ingredients used for bakeries, ice cream, novelty ice, and confectionery industries; by institutional, soda system, and gourmet specialty distributors; in institutional, retail, and in-store bakeries; and in ice cream toppings and specialty ice cream ingredients.


Community garden helps The Arc of Atlantic County Consumers grow

gardenParticipants in The Arc of Atlantic County’s Adult Training program gathered on a hot and sunny day to do some gardening in Atlantic City. Despite the heat, spirits were high as fresh herbs and vegetables were harvested from the community garden located next to the Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church on Arctic Avenue. There was an abundance of potatoes, carrots and kale. The garden is already producing amazing results, not only because of the healthy food being grown, but also the opportunity for career training, volunteerism and personal growth that it brings to The Arc’s participating consumers.

The garden offers participants the chance to gain the skills needed to plant and grow healthy food, and even ways to prepare it. Volunteers keep the beds clear of weeds and also learn when vegetables are ripe for picking. That day, they gathered baskets of vegetables and took a “smell tour” of the garden to identify the many herbs being grown.

The garden is the result of support from the church, AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative, and Cookie Till’s A Work in Progress foundation. The community garden is thriving thanks to the participating partners who have come together to create and support this special place. Surrounded by flowers and herbs, the garden has become an urban oasis that shows how local organizations can have a big impact on the community.

According to Laura Engelmann, manager Community Health and Wellness, AtlantiCare, working with the volunteers is very rewarding. “Our organization is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles,” Engelmann said. “The volunteers learn about growing their own food and how delicious fresh picked vegetables can be.”

The Arc of Atlantic County is dedicated to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by keeping them connected to their community. Working in the garden has allowed participants to discover the joys of gardening and healthy eating while developing skills that can help them find employment.



The Arc volunteer Michael Chanese shows off the rainbow carrots he picked in the community garden.

Holiday Wishes Fulfilled – 100 Percent!

Jeannine Arrigo from The Richard Stockton College's Provosts Office with gifts she and her department brought for the family they adopted.

Jeannine Arrigo from The Richard Stockton College’s Provosts Office with gifts she and her department brought for the family they adopted.

The holidays start early at The Arc of Atlantic County – October, in fact – when our Social Services staff begin their annual appeal for Holiday Partners, a program that matches some of our community’s most caring and compassionate people with our community’s most vulnerable citizens.  Holiday Partners invites participants to adopt a family and help fulfill their holiday wish list, or make a donation so The Arc can fulfill their wishes. This year, more than 60 families caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at home and struggling to make ends meet signed up for assistance, knowing they would never be able to provide their loved ones with the kind of holidays they wish for.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we announce that ALL families who signed up for help will have their wishes fulfilled this Christmas, thanks to an outpouring of generosity from our community! 

But a few weeks ago, things did not look so good.  With only two weeks until the Holiday Partners deadline, we still had 34 families that needed to be adopted.   We put out a plea via social media, the local newspapers, and to our own contacts. And WOW did you heed our call!

On Wednesday morning, children with I/DD and their siblings will wake up to piles of gifts under their Christmas tree containing exactly what they wished for.  When parents stopped by The Arc to pick up their gifts, they said without this program, they never would have been able to fulfill their child’s wishes. 

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU to each and every individual and organization that contributed to our Holiday Partners appeal this year.  The families you’ve helped are faced with challenges each and every day. Many are single-parent households.  Some are caring for multiple children with disabilities. Many have large families, many are living in small apartments. For some families, it is the parent who has the intellectual disability.  You have given so much more than presents – you’ve given people faith that they are not alone in their struggles, and that their community recognizes and cares about the challenges they face. 

Happy holidays, from everyone at The Arc of Atlantic County!


August Story Time: Celebrating the Lives of People with I/DD

We just wrapped up our August staff meeting where more than 60 Arc administrative staff and management gathered to share stories and learn from each other. We want to share some of these stories with you and hope you find them as inspiring as we do!

  • When was the last time you looked forward to a trip to the bank? For most of us, it’s just a necessary chore, but for the ladies at our Galloway II apartments, it’s become one of the many highlights of their week thanks to the friendships they’ve made with employees at their local TD Bank.  The bank staff and residents have become so fond of each other, in fact, that when one of the tellers was getting ready to move away, she actually visited the ladies at their home to say goodbye and stayed a whole three hours!! Now THAT’S a community connection!
  • Birthdays are the best days, especially at The Arc! Two residents of our Roosevelt group home had a very special day when staff threw them a joint birthday party. But the best part was the reaction from the families who attended the party. They were touched by how the staff cared so much about their loved ones, enough to throw them a fantastic birthday party.  They were grateful that their family member was so respected and appreciated. This is another example of how seriously Arc employees take their job of helping people live meaningful lives, and how our residents and staff are like a family.
  • Family group home tours:  Recently a group of parents of people with I/DD had the opportunity to tour three of The Arc’s residential programs to see first-hand what life is like in our group homes and supervised apartments.  For families who have cared for their loved one at home all their lives and are considering placing them in a group home, it can be an incredibly scary thing.  Will they be happy? Will the staff treat them well? Will they have a real life? So many questions were answered on this tour, as we heard throughout the night and even after as parents reached out to express their gratitude for the experience.  As they met residents and saw how happy they are, how rich and full their lives are, and how much the staff care for them, the look of relief on their faces was clear.  Shereen MacDonald, a Supportive Living coordinator for The Arc, compared the visit to seeing the Grand Canyon.  “You can see all the photos and hear all the stories you want, but until you actually visit the Grand Canyon yourself, you cannot truly appreciate it.”

The Arc is planning to host several tours for families throughout the year. If you have a loved one with I/DD and are considering placing them in an Arc group home, we’d love to include you on a future tour. Send an email expressing your interest to Deborah Jewell at

Zumba Class Helps Arc Clients Get Fit & Have Fun

One of our goals at The Arc of Atlantic County is to promote good health and fitness every chance we can.  With the fitness dance class Zumba taking over the nation the past few years, last year staff introduced the class to our clients through Adult Evening Classes and in our ATC, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities.

For the past year, ATC participants have been enjoying weekly Zumba classes hosted in The Arc of Atlantic County’s multipurpose room with help from a DVD.  As fun as that was for the participants, we knew they’d have much more fun in a community-based Zumba class with a real instructor.  Recently, the group had the chance to move their Zumba classes outside of the agency to Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Northfield, NJ for a chance to Zumba with other community members and a certified instructor.

Zumba instructor Michelle Gano, who teaches at Good Shepherd and also hosts our Zumba Adult Evening Class at The Arc several times a year, was more than willing to help our ATC clients throughout the month of August by inviting them to classes at Good Shepherd.  Kathi Lentz, The Arc’s operations director of family support, paid the class a visit today and got some great video of the group showing off their moves.  Watch this clip to see how The Arc’s clients have mastered so many of the Zumba moves, and how fitness helps bring people of all abilities together! (P.S. We’re looking for another site to host Zumba classes in the community once August is over – if you have information that could help us, please contact Kathi Lentz at or 609-485-0800 ext. 164.)