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Arc Achiever: Bonnie Block

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Published on September 5th, 2017 | No Comments »

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Arc Achiever: Bonnie Block

Achieved her dream of making music

   There are many things that Bonnie Block enjoys doing in her life. She is a social butterfly and a very accomplished self-advocate who appreciates her independence and the many friends she has in the community. The 66 year old has been in the residential program at The Arc of Howard County since 1976. Bonnie, who currently receives services through Supported Retirement, worked for many years at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. “I liked working when I worked,” she said. “I really like doing all the things I do now and seeing the people I see where I go.”
   Since retiring, Bonnie spends her time pursuing a multitude of interests. Her friend, Annette Hinkle described Bonnie as a very active person who has many likes. “Bonnie likes to go to dinners, the Thrift store, and to the movies,” Hinkle said. “She has had several roles in local theatre and she loves singing in the choir at her church. It’s something, people know her everywhere we go!”
   Just last year, Bonnie, who has been taking singing lessons for quite some time made a CD entitled, “Songs from The Heart”. The CD was a great collaboration between Bonnie and her singing instructor at Howard Community College. “Rita Mayhew, Bonnie’s music teacher at Howard Community College, helped her record her CD at the studio at HCC. Bill Murphy who is another music instructor at HCC played the piano on the CD,” explained Lia Arbaugh, Bonnie’s Advocate. Bonnie said that she is proud of her CD and the fact that she was able to sing her favorite songs made it even better. “I love singing and I really like singing these songs,” Bonnie said. “Going to The Chapel, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, It’s My Party…they are great songs!”

Golf Registration is Open!

Wegmans presents Tee It Up for The Arc, Friday, October 13, 2017

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Gather a foursome and come out and support The Arc of Howard County while challenging your game on one of Maryland’s top-ranked golf courses, Friday, October 13, 2017 at Waverly Woods Golf Club. 

Registration for the 2017 Tee It Up for The Arc golf fundraiser, presented by Wegmans, is open! This year’s outing begins will breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m.; Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.; Lunch, prizes and raffle drawings will immediately follow play.  Beverages will be available throughout the rounds.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information or to register, contact Dee Athey at dathey@archoward.org / 410-730-0638 ext. 306.

Visit the Event Page.

Tee it up for The Arc 2017 Sponsorship Package

 

DDA Self-Directed Services Workshop – September/October

Interested in learning more about self-directed services?

Join us in September or October to learn more!

Check out the flyer for the DDA Self Directed Services workshop

Sponsored by the Howard County Transition Outreach Partnership

Sensory Friendly Movie – September 23

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Lego Ninjago

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Sensory Friendly Movie – September 9

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Leap!

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Sensory Friendly Movie-August 26

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On Saturday, August 26, 2017, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Sensory Friendly Movie-August 12

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On Saturday, August 12, 2017, AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia will be holding its sensory friendly movie.

The Sensory Friendly Movie program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  The auditorium is dedicated to the program: lights will be up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

The Emoji Movie

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Social Security Workshop – September 15

Interested in learning more about Social Security benefits for people with disabilities?

 

Check out the Social security workshop flyer for more info!

 

Sponsored by the Howard County Transition Outreach Partnership

Discover Who You Are

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Published on August 1st, 2017 | No Comments »

Discover Who You Are

Olmer at Mobern

At 21, Olmer Gutierrez has had the good fortune of discovering he has abilities and talents that make him a valuable employee.

When Olmer transitioned from school, he joined the 2016 class of Project SEARCH Howard County. While developing important employment skills through internships in Howard County government, he also acquired personal insight into his own preferences and aspirations. Olmer found that while he likes being independent, he is very social and enjoys being part of a team.

Paid employment at Mobern Lighting in Jessup also revealed that Olmer has a talent for the pace and duties of manufacturing and liked being a member of the group of assembly workers manufacturing fluorescent and HID lighting at the state-of-the-art facility.

What everyone around Olmer has discovered is that he is a dependable, reliable, efficient and productive worker. He has a new network of friends and a new sense of independence. All he needed was the opportunity to discover who he was and what he could do. Olmer is a positive role model for other youth as he is demonstrates that success is possible.

Olmer Gutierrez was presented the Individual Achievement Award in the Youth category by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and the Howard County Commission on Disability issues at the Commission’s 2016 annual awards program.

Arc Achiever: Robert Bussard

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Published on July 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

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Arc Achiever: Robert Bussard

Achieved his dream of independence

If you ever met Robert Bussard, you would remember. His warm smile and friendly manner are undeniable. Robert Bussard, who is 83 years old, has been supported by The Arc of Howard County since 1994. Robert came to The Arc through a referral from the Department of Social Services after being released from the Howard County General Hospital for an illness that same year. Robert’s brother, 77 year-old Charles, is also supported by The Arc through residential services. The two brothers share a very special bond including their Arc of Howard County history.

Robert is a perfect example of a senior who has been able to age in place because of the support he receives from The Arc. Robert lives in his childhood home on Marriottsville Road with his cat, Precious. Brenda Sackandy, Director of Community and Family Services for The Arc of Howard County said, “Robert is very connected to his church and his friends in the community who provide a level of natural supports. He works at McDonald’s at Long Gate Shopping Center in Ellicott City two days a week!” Sackandy, who also served as Robert’s first coordinator, described him as “quite connected.” She said his community ties run deep – “Whether he is going to the Signature Salon in Ellicott City for a free haircut or to the local dry cleaner where he receives a discounted rate or the Double T Diner, (once the Forest Diner); everyone knows Robert,” she said. His activities in addition to his work at McDonald’s, make for a very full week. Robert even finds time for visits to the Ellicott City 50+ Center, participating two days a week including bowling on Fridays! He has a way of having people stay involved in his life. “It really is something with Robert,” Sackandy said. “When I go out with him in the community, I see how many people there are who know him. He really has a way of staying connected.”

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