Thank you once again to Feed Howard County for working with La Palapa Grill & Cantina in Ellicott City to provide 100 meals to staff and the people we support! Everyone loved the new version of “Taco Tuesday”! Thank you to Debra Reese from Feed Howard County and Leslie Amick, Event Coordinator at La Palapa Grill & Cantina for making this act of COVID-19 Kindness happen! Shout out to all of our fabulous volunteer delivery drivers Brenda Gavlin-Crowe, Anita Dempsey, Khyle Moone, Claire Ramirez-Schene and son Carlos! It means the world that the Community continues to recognize and support the work our Direct Support Professionals and Nurses are doing during this crisis!
Today, we celebrate the Project SEARCH of Howard County class of 2020! This morning, a virtual ceremony was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the interns who completed this school year long work program. All of these young people are now ready for paid employment! Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty gave the keynote address to the 2020 class and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball sent well wishes to the interns as well!
If you are interested in learning more about this program or believe you have a job for one of the interns, please contact Program Manager, Natalie Dohner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations Class of 2020!
A Big Thank You to Vanessa Antrum at Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) for featuring Senior Residential Program Manager Rhonda Braswell, Residential Managers Marie Ndjock, Warnette Owens-Moultrie, Jessicia Chaney today! Thank you for your support of The Arc of Howard County and for your recognition of these front line heroes!
Imagine” living life…to the fullest. “Imagine,” a new video from The Arc of Howard County, features people with intellectual and developmental disabilities doing just that…living their best lives. The “Imagine” video was produced by Pam Long Photography featuring the vocal talents of Bach to Rock Fulton, MD‘s Carl Pfanstiehl. Thank you, Pam, Carl, and Bach to Rock! Let’s imagine the day when we can all be together again!
To learn more about The Arc of Howard County, click here. To donate to The Arc of Howard County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for the purchase of masks, face shields, PPE, gowns, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and more, click here.
Today’s #COVID19Kindness shout goes to a group nicknamed “The Pineapple Express.” These women heard how challenging connection is for the people we support, made even more important by social distancing during the pandemic, and decided to raise money to donate 2 iPads! Thank you to this wonderful group who are sending out the #Challenge for others to do the same!
Masks are now an essential part of life. To keep everyone safe, community members, families of people supported by The Arc of Howard County, and local businesses have generously donated masks. Special shoutout to Amie Sevrin for making 100(!) handmade masks and Robert Paul of Swagworld for donating masks. Thanks to everyone for supporting The Arc of Howard County! You can find SwagWorld on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/swagworld/
John Biggs heard The Arc of Howard County needed face shields and wanted to help. With generous donations from friends, John — owner of GreyBeard3D — donated 50 face shields and 50 EarSavers. Thank you, GreyBeard3D; designers Erik Cederberg, Lam Wai Mars, and Ken Lord; and John’s friends for supporting The Arc of Howard County! You can find GreyBeard3D on Instagram. Note: Photo (above) was taken before the mandatory use of face masks.
Hand sanitizer goes fast these days. To keep up with demand, The Arc of Howard County reached out for help. Local distilleries stepped up. MISCellaneous Distillery and Sagamore Spirit came through with large quantities of hand sanitizer, while Barton 1792 Distillery donated alcohol for cleaning face shields, as well as hand sanitizer. Thank you, MISCellaneous Distillery, Sagamore Spirit, and Barton 1792 Distillery for supporting The Arc of Howard County! We could not do what we do without YOU!
Hearing that The Arc of Howard County urgently needed hand sanitizer, Senator Katie Fry Hester stepped up. Katie Fry Hester, Maryland Senate D9 reached out to a local distillery, which had converted to producing hand sanitizer. With donations from Western Ellicott City’s Woodmark Community to cover production costs, Senator Fry Hester teamed up with Patapsco Distilling Company to donate 30 gallons of hand sanitizer to The Arc of Howard County! Special shoutout to Woodmark Community members — Joe Love, Amy Curran Brewster, Victoria Budich, Robert McCormick, Nancy McAllister, Jennifer Speigel, Daphne R. Pallozzi, and Senator Katie Fry Hester — for making this donation possible!
Like 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.
Made 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.
Thank you to The Arc Maryland, supporters of The Arc of Howard County, and the community for your generosity!