Comfort Bags Bring Joy and Happiness During COVID-19

Woman works on a loom craft project during COVID-19Like you, the people supported by The Arc of Howard County — and their dedicated support staff — are staying safe at home. To bring a little joy and happiness during these trying times, Comfort Bags were dropped off to them.

Man Holds Grateful Dead DVD during COVID-19Made possible by a COVID-19 Emergency Grant from The Arc Maryland and an outpouring of donations from supporters and the community, The Arc of Howard County filled Comfort Bags with items, including DVDs, arts/crafts, makeup, cards/games, blankets, puzzles, and several new iPads.

Woman learns to knit during COVID-19Thank you to The Arc Maryland, supporters of The Arc of Howard County, and the community for your generosity!

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The Importance of “Saying Yes!”

The Arc of Howard County's Director of Marketing, Communications and Events shares about the importance of "Saying Yes!"

Last week, Claire Ramirez-Schene’s Business Showcase Series featured our very own Barbara Moyer! Barbara Moyer, Director of Marketing, Communication and Events, spoke on the importance of “Saying Yes!” To watch the video, click here. Thank you, Claire Ramirez-Schene!

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The Arc of Howard County Chosen as First Feed Howard County Recipient

Feed Howard County Donated 100 Meals from Tino's Italian Bistro to The Arc of Howard County
The Arc of Howard County was honored to be the first recipient of Feed Howard County’s initiative to help feed the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Feed Howard County is a partnership between Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) and Howard County restaurants. Thank you to Feed Howard County and Tino’s Italian Bistro for providing 100 meals to our staff working in residential services!
Members of First Presbyterian Church also surprised us with boxes and boxes of donated food! Thank you to Pat Curran and Debra Reese! Special Shout out to Lance Cook and Nicole Giannini owners of Tino’s Italian Bistro for the delicious meals and for always showing up in a big way for The Arc of Howard County and the community!
To find out more about Feed Howard County? Click here. Also, follow Feed Howard County on:

Want to order from Tino’s Italian Bistro? Click here. You can follow Tino’s Italian Bistro on:

To learn more about the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, click here. Follow the church on:

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Ledo Pizza Columbia Donates 80 Pizzas!

Ledo's Pizza Donates 80 Pizzas to The Arc of Howard County

While we couldn’t deliver sunshine to our residential houses …we did deliver 80 pizzas to staff and people supported by The Arc of Howard County one rainy day! Huge shout out to Kevin Schultz, owner of Ledo Pizza in Columbia who DONATED ALL of the pizzas. What an amazing Act of COVID Kindness!
Kevin and Ledo Pizza in Columbia, are also Howard County Commission on Disabilities award winners for their inclusive hiring practices! Thank you also goes out to Arc Staff who braved the rain and delivered pizza & smiles (behind the masks) to The Arc of Howard County’s residential houses in our community!
Want to find out more about Ledo Pizza in Columbia, Maryland? Click here. Also, follow Ledo Pizza on:
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Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: May 8, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus

May 8, 2020

Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County

Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. As promised, we want to keep you updated on information concerning the re-opening of The Arc of Howard County. Maryland remains under a stay-at-home order for businesses.

Currently, we do not have a date for when services will resume, however, we are working to align our gradual re-opening in stages, following best practice guidelines from the DDA and in accordance with the directives given to us by Governor Larry Hogan and the State of Maryland.

Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case by case basis. Our residential program will continue to provide the necessary care. We will be sending out information to families and those supported by The Arc of Howard County as to when the re-opening of programs will begin and what those services will look like going forward. We continue to work collaboratively with the county and state, and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.

If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.

  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino by email, bsorrentino@archoward.org or call 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment, and Omnicare, contact Robert Walker by email rwalker@archoward.org or call 443-977-0148.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.

Regards,

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr
Executive Director

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Support The Arc of Howard County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund #GivingTuesdayNow

Giving Tuesday Now on May 5, 2020 for COVID-19 Relief Fund
In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and
heal during COVID-19.
On May 5, 2020, The Arc of Howard County is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. As you know, The Arc of Howard County is dedicated to achieving full community life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — one person at a time. At this time, integration into the community is not the priority, as individuals and dedicated and hard-working Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are staying safe at home to minimize contact and encourage increased social distancing. We continue to work together to keep everyone safe.
On #GivingTuesdayNow, The Arc of Howard County will be raising funds for COVID-19 related issues to support the organization in this time of need. On May 5, 2020, we plan to raise money:
  • To purchase face masks, face shields, safety gloves, gowns, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which remains a critical need in our residential houses.
  • To cover crisis pay increases for Direct Support Professionals who support individuals.
  • To buy cleaning supplies, meals, and other items for the residential houses.
Join the movement on May 5, 2020! Click here to support The Arc of Howard County. Thank you to all who have supported The Arc of Howard County during COVID-19!
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Kids’ Handmade Cards Bring Smiles

Kids' Handmade Card Bring Smiles

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 this week. 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!

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Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: April 24, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus

April 24, 2020
Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County
Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating our information on closings at The Arc of Howard County.
Due to the continued spread of this virus in our community, we have decided to continue our suspension of specific services offered by The Arc of Howard County. As of today, Friday, April 24, 2020, our Day, Supported Retirement, CDS, Pre-employment classroom, and Omnicare will continue to be closed.
We will review the conditions in our community and provide
updates, as we monitor the county and state situations related to the COVID-19 virus. Our next update will be sent out Friday, May 8, 2020.
Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case-by-case basis. We feel that it is the most responsible action as we remain aligned with other entities in the state and county to flatten the curve of this virus in our community. This is a time that integration in the community is not the priority. Our goal is to minimize contact and encourage increased social distancing.
Our senior management is deploying staff to support our residential program to ensure supports are in place to continue to provide the necessary care. It is our hope that each and every family affected by these changes will understand this decision, as we work together to help keep everyone safe.
Both Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, have spoken of their efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We must work collaboratively and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.
If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs’ continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.
  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino by email, bsorrentino@archoward.org or call 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment, and Omnicare, contact Robert Walker by email rwalker@archoward.org or call 443-977-0148.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.
Regards,
Cindy Parr
Executive Director
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Dangerously Delicious Pies Donates to The Arc of Howard County!

Dangerously Delicious Pies Donated 66 Pies!

Random acts of kindness are happening everywhere. Some might even call them…Acts of COVID Kindness! This week, The Arc of Howard County was the recipient of an Act of COVID Kindness. The Arc of Howard County’s very own Director of Person Centered Planning Holly Reasner, her husband, John Reasner of Reasner Studios, and Holly’s mother, Carolyn Ritter, teamed up with Dangerously Delicious Pies in Canton, Maryland to donate pies. This week, 66 Dangerously Delicious Chicken Pot Pies were donated to The Arc of Howard County homes in the community. The pies were a hit! Thank you, Holly, John, Carolyn, and Dangerously Delicious Pies!Dangerously Delicious Pie Canton Donation to The Arc of Howard County

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The Arc Is In Urgent Need of Face Masks and PPE. Can You Help?

The image shows an African American woman wearing a mask made out of a bandanna and rubber bands during COVID-19.

Yesterday, all of the Direct Support Professionals working in The Arc of Howard County’s Residential Houses received bandannas to use as masks until we can get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Arc of Howard County is in urgent need of donations of:
  • Face Shields
  • Face Masks
  • Gowns
  • Gloves
  • PPE

If you can donate, Face Shields, Face Masks, Gowns, Gloves, or PPE, please contact Barbara Moyer bmoyer@archoward.org.

Do you have a business with a 3D Printer? Or know of a business with a 3D printer who can print Face shields for The Arc of Howard County, please contact Barbara Moyer bmoyer@archoward.org.

The Arc of Howard County’s staff is on the front lines during this COVID-19 Pandemic, leaving their own homes and families to care for the most vulnerable in our community. They are the true heroes!
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