On the second Tuesday of every month, we host a staff meeting for about 60 Arc employees. Every meeting begins with staff sharing some of the past month’s inspiring stories and successes achieved by people in our services. We want to share these stories with you, because you too make all these great things possible! If you have any questions or would like more information about a particular story, please contact The Arc’s Communications Associate Beth Ann Spiegel at 609-485-0800 ext. 136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Athletes from our new Track and Field team had their first Special Olympics
competition on April 29. The seven athletes took home six gold medals and three were first time recreation participants! They competed in wheelchair obstacle races, 25m and 100m wheelchair dashes, and 25m assisted walks, among others. One woman who won a gold medal used to be very shy and not very motivated, but recreation has really helped her come out of her shell. She couldn’t have been more proud to be there with her aunt and uncle to help celebrate her gold medal!
- A new resident moved to an Arc group home in January and with help from her staff and a healthier diet, she’s no longer needs most of the meds she arrived with and has lost 15lbs!
- Residents and staff at our new Galloway group homes planted a garden in their backyard filled with birdhouses and perennials – a suggestion by one of the residents! She felt their backyard was too plain and inspired the whole group to spruce up their outdoor space.
- Residents from our Pacific apartments went to NYC to see Mary Poppins on Broadway thanks to some deal-seeking staff who got tickets at a bargain. They had a wonderful time!
- The District 5 Self Advocacy Group of NJ, which is composed of residents from The Arc of Atlantic County and four other surrounding counties, hosted a Rock N’ Bowl fundraiser at King Pin Lanes in Egg Harbor Township May 4th. More than 90 people from Atlantic and Cape May Counties turned out for the event, which raised over $400 to help their cause. Staff pointed out that King Pin was so accommodating and welcoming and deserved a big thanks.
- A new resident moved into one of our Galloway Group Homes from a developmental center, and without any encouragement another resident took it upon herself to comfort the new roommate and help her adjust to her new home. She told her, “I was scared when I first came here too, but it will be alright. Everyone is so nice!”
- A resident at one of our group homes had his Individual Habilitation Plan meeting recently, which his sister and niece attended for the first time. During the discussion, the sister shared their family background. The family separated a very long time ago, and some of the children were placed in different locations throughout the state and never saw each other again. As it turned out, the resident we support had three other brothers, one of whom is still alive. The last name was very unique, and the DDD case manager who was also attending recognized the name and knew exactly where the brother could be found! The sister and brother were so thrilled – they’ve been looking for him for years. They’re planning a meeting in the next few months!
All of these stories, and so many more, are made possible thanks to our dedicated team of 250 employees, as well as the generous support of our friends in the community. We can’t thank you enough!