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A Year of Celebration: Arc Highlights

 

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Interested in learning more about The Arc?

Check out our 2017 Highlights!

Join Us at Our Hiring Event on July 13!

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Interested in a new career opportunity?

Join us on Thursday, July 13 from 4-7pm here at The Arc!

Click on the Hiring Event flyer

Congratulations Mike Lewis!

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Congratulations to Mike Lewis! 

MACS Awardee and The Arc Maryland Volunteer of the Year

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We are so happy to announce that Mike Lewis was submitted and recognized for The Arc Maryland Volunteer of the Year Award for 2017 and the MACS Volunteer Leader Award!

          Mike Lewis is a multi-faceted volunteer. He serves as a member of The Arc of Howard County’s Board of Directors, a member of both the Resource Development and Employment Advisory committees, chairs the annual golf tournament and serves as a monitor for the Quality Assurance Department. He is also an employer partner, donor and sponsor of fundraising events. The Arc of Howard County recognized Mike Lewis as their Volunteer of the Year at our 2016 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony.
           He maintains a consistent presence on both the Resource Development and Employment Advisory committees and is never short on ideas of how to help us reach our goals. After beginning to chair the annual golf tournament for four years, the annual event has grown in success each year.  As a member of the Employment Advisory committee, he is a champion of employer development and speaks very passionately about the benefits of being an employer partner to The Arc. As a volunteer monitor, Mike is exemplary in his volunteer work. He volunteers 2-3 times a month, more than the expected commitment. He does an extraordinary job of sensitively assessing the needs of each individual he visits, ensuring happiness and a fully developed home life, says Keith Gray, former QA specialist. Mike turns in detailed reports on time and is flexible. He also has been involved in the training and recruitment of new monitors.
            Mike Lewis’ strong commitment on behalf of The Arc and the people we support helps us succeed in many ways. He really throws his “heart” into whatever task he takes on. We are lucky to have him.
Congratulations Mike!

Arc Achiever: Geoff Savage

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Arc Achiever: Geoff Savage

Achieved his dream of a rewarding and meaningful life

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           For 45 year-old Geoff Savage, there is never a dull moment. Geoff, who has worked full-time for Goddard Space Flight Center for 15 years, is constantly on the go! Since 2000, Geoff has been receiving services through The Arc of Howard County’s supported employment and residential programs. Geoff is extremely independent and really enjoys all aspects of his janitorial job at Goddard. “I love it there!” he said. “I’m surrounded by scientists, astronomers and engineers. There are great conversations…I really love it!” Geoff’s work certainly keeps him busy, but he always finds time to do the things he loves in his after hours and on weekends. “I love sports, especially going to sporting events,” he said. I have been to Raven’s games, Caps games, and I have seen the Orioles and the Nationals play too!”
            Geoff has been recognized in past years for his successful self-advocacy. He is a member of People Power, a self advocacy group that is comprised of people with disabilities who work to develop self-determination, express and voice concerns on various issues in the community and teach the community about self-advocacy. As a self-advocate, Geoff has been able to participate in conferences and conventions that raise awareness about people with disabilities and community inclusion. He attended the 2015 Arc US Convention in Indianapolis and the 2016 Orlando convention. While in Indianapolis, Geoff was able to attend a Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I was able to get a ticket and the hotel was so close to the stadium. I got to see the Colts play the Jaguars,” he said. Lia Arbaugh, who is Geoff’s Advocate at The Arc said Geoff is very independent. “Geoff is so energetic. He is always doing something. He loves his sports, loves to bowl and he loves to cook,” she said.

Project SEARCH Interns Graduate

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Congratulations to the class of 2017 Project SEARCH Howard!

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             The 2017 Class of Project SEARCH Howard celebrated the end of the school year on June 9th at the George Howard Building.  All twelve interns completed their internships in the Howard County Government offices: Josh Adelegan, William Alexion, Keith Cranska, Meaghan Hyer, Chaz Kurtz, Matthew Martin-Swint, Kamau Mbugua, Zachary McKay, Colin Pierre, Becca Quintern, Joshua Sites and Julian Than.
             Among those at the June 9th Celebration were Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Maryland State Secretary of Disabilities Carol A. Beatty, Interim Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Executive Director of The Arc of Howard County Cindy Parr, Executive Director of Special Education and Student Services Nancy FitzGerald, Judith Pattik Regional Director for Southern Maryland DDA, and County Council members Dr. Calvin Ball and Mary Kay Sigaty.
             The Project SEARCH Howard initiative supports employment skills and opportunities for transitioning youth with disabilities. A partnership between The Arc of Howard County, the Howard County Government, the Howard County Public School System, DORS, and the Howard County Autism Society, Project SEARCH Howard is now starting its fourth year in Howard County!  Program Manager Barbara Moyer was happy to announce that 9 of the 12 interns in the class of 2017 have already received job placements in the community!
              For more information about hiring an intern from the Project SEARCH Howard Program, please contact Barbara Moyer at bmoyer@archoward.org.

Sensory Friendly Movie – July 22

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On Saturday, July 22, 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!

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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 – July 8

Despicable Me 3

On Saturday, July 8, 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!

Despicable Me 3

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

Join Our Team!

 

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Interested in joining our team?

Join us on June 8th!

 

Click here for details: Direct Care Recruitment Event

 

 

 

 

Arc Picnic – June 14

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Please Join Us For 

The Arc of Howard County’s 

Annual Summer Picnic!

Get ready for music, food and activities for everyone!

When? 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

Where?  

Centennial Park East/Pavilion H 

10000 Rt.108, Ellicott City

 

Time?

Picnic from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Food served from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Food stops at 6 p.m., but the fun continues until 7 p.m.

 

Directions?

From Route 29, Take Rt. 108 West, turn right on Woodland Road just beyond the stop light at Columbia Rd, then immediate left to Pavilion

 

Questions? 

Call or email Debbie at (410) 730-0638 Ext. 214 or dwagner@archoward.org 

Sensory Friendly Movie – June 24

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On Saturday, June 24, 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!

Cars 3

AMC Columbia Theatre

The Mall in Columbia

Starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Doors open at 9:30am

Tickets are $6.75 per person

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