Arc Achiever: Robert Bussard

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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.”