Congratulations to the 2021 Amanda and Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Honoree – Phelisa Smith-Huff! A Direct Support Manager who goes above and beyond, Phelisa works hard to make sure the people we support, and staff, are well taken care of!
Executive Director Cindy Parr surprised Phelisa yesterday with the award. Bill and Keith were there to share in the excitement of the moment and to help Phelisa and staff celebrate!
The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award was created by the Dean Family to recognize an exceptional employee in the Direct Support professional field at The Arc of Howard County. This award is presented annually and includes a $1,000 cash gift to the recipient.
Thank you Phelisa, and all of our Direct Support Professionals for the work you do each and every day to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
Humanim and The Arc of Howard County focused on providing meaningful learning opportunities, engaging experiences, and social supports on a virtual platform for I/DD community members who are isolated at home.
Participants are given a safe outlet for self expression, as well as a variety of learning opportunities including classes, creative workshops, social events, and more. Past classes have included virtual cooking classes with City Seeds, Music Therapy, Movies, Games, Yoga, Dance Parties, DIY crafts with AR Workshop Annapolis, and virtual animal encounters with the Maryland Zoo.
Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community.
The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients.
Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community. The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients. View Virtual Learning Campus class calendar on the Humanim website.
Big Shout Outtoday – to our friends at Lib’s Grill of Maple Lawn and Lib’s Grill of Perry Hall who held a Sold Out fundraiser for The Arc of Howard County last night! Lib’s staff was amazing and even delivered the delicious Wine Paired meals in the rain! Thank you to Lib’s for such fabulous food and drink pairings and thank you to everyone who supported this event! Look for another Lib’s event coming in the Fall!
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are constantly evaluating when we can reopen our Homewood Road facility for Day services. Like all of you, we are encouraged by the lower Covid-19 numbers. We have also worked hard to make information about the importance of the vaccine and the vaccine available to the people we support as well as to all of our staff. However, we cannot re-open our doors until we are able to ensure that the health and safety of our individuals and staff can be maintained. This includes the safety and well being of people in transport, in the community and in the building. Please know we are doing our level best to reopen, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated and as always, we appreciate your understanding and support.
Nothing says Love quite like mashed potatoes…Thank you to Feed Howard County and The Periodic Table – Columbia for bringing wonderful food and love to The Arc of Howard County! Yesterday, this wonderful organization and this amazing new restaurant partnered to deliver 150 hot meals to The Arc of Howard County. Everyone loved the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli dinner. We continue to be blessed by our “community family”. Thank you for your kindness and support of our mission!
Throughout this Covid-19 pandemic The Arc of Howard County has been blessed by the generosity of Feed Howard County! Yesterday Feed Howard County partnered with the wonderful Tino’s Italian Bistro to bring 150 hot and delicious meals to our staff and the people we serve. Thank you SANTA, Pat Curran, Kevin Powell and all of the amazing people at FHC and First Presbyterian Church of Howard County for showing our staff how they are loved and supported by the Howard County Community! Counting all of our Blessings this Season…and Always!
Thank You once again to Feed Howard County for remembering the wonderful people we support and our amazing staff! Yesterday, Feed Howard County partnered with new restaurant Fiero Mexican Street Food to deliver 150 hot and delicious meals to The Arc of Howard County! Special shout out to Janet Sivo and Jackie Crispell and everyone at Feed Howard County for continuing to support our essential workers and the people we serve
On Christmas Eve, we are thankful for the wonderful people at Anegada Delights Caribbean Cuisine who are providing several families (who may need a little extra love this year) with full Holiday meals for their Christmas Dinner! They will be out delivering in the rain today while we continue to count our blessings…Anegada Delights, located at 9861 Broken land pkwy St 151, Columbia, MD, also hires and trains people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for careers in the food and beverage industry! We are so thankful for their love, kindness and support!
If you would like to support Feed Howard County, please visit their website.
Nothing makes you smile more than something created by a child. Several people supported by The Arc of Howard County received the most adorable handmade cards drawn by from local kids. Michele “read her card front and back, even noting the hearts and stars on it.” Robert loved his card! So did Aly! Thank you Nirit Katzur Roddy of Fit With Nirit, LLC. (and of the Business Women’s Network of Howard County) for organizing the “card shower” and thank you to all the young artists!
Sometimes it is the little things that matter the most…a big shout out to the Elkridge Mom’s Group! Their daughters made these beautiful cards to bring happiness and joy to the people we support and to our staff who continue to work so hard during this pandemic! Thank you to Julianna, Eliza and Oliva for your love and support of The Arc of Howard County!
Feed Howard County is an amazing organization! This week, they partnered with the wonderful
La Palapa Grill & Cantina to deliver 150 hot meals to The Arc of Howard County. Thank you for remembering our incredible staff and the people we support. This is not over people and we have a long way to go…Feed Howard County makes sure people have meals and helps businesses in our community.
Another Big Shout Out to Feed Howard County who partnered with Kelsey’s Restaurant, Irish Pub, & Banquet Room to deliver 150 hot and delicious meals, this week to The Arc of Howard County! Feed Howard County continues to support our essential workers and the people we serve We have a long way to go and the support of our Howard County community means the world to us!
At The Arc of Howard County we are continuing to update information to families and staff concerning COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and best practices. As always our priority is keeping the people we support and our staff safe.