Communication to Residential Families: March 27, 2020

To Families and Friends of those Supported by The Arc of Howard County:
In accordance with guidance from the CDC and DDA, The Arc of Howard County is limiting visits to the residential homes effective, Saturday, March 28, 2020. We are asking that families and friends refrain from visiting their loved ones until further notice. This decision was not made lightly, but we feel it is necessary to curb the fast-spreading Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Restricting visits doesn’t mean curtailing communication from families and friends. We will be supporting people to use alternative methods of communication with their friends and families including Face time, emails, text messages, and telephone calls.
In addition, if you chose to take your family member home for a visit, please know you will be required to keep them in your care until the State of Emergency is lifted. We realize this will be very difficult for some families and friends, but we need to take all measures necessary to protect the health and safety of the people we support and our employees.
Regards,
Cindy Parr
Cindy Parr
Executive Director
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Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: March 26, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County

As many of you know, this is an unprecedented time with the continued spread of COVID-19. Due to the growing spread of this virus in our community, we are taking every precaution to protect the people we serve and our staff who provide critical supports to those individuals. It has been with great thought and consideration we have decided to continue our suspension of specific services offered by The Arc of Howard County.

As of today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, our Day, Supported Retirement, CDS, Pre-employment classroom, and Omnicare will continue to be closed through April 24, 2020. We will review the conditions in our community and determine whether services will resume after April 24th, as we monitor the county and state situations related to the COVID-19 virus.

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 align 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 will be deploying staff to support our residential program which will ensure supports are in place to provide the necessary care. It is our hope that each and every family affected by these changes will understand this decision and work cooperatively to help us achieve the goals of this action.

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, bsorrentino@archoward.org 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment Omnicare, contact Robert Walker rwalker@archoward.org 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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COVID-19 Update from The Arc of Howard County: March 24, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19

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New Information from our Executive Director Regarding Personal Supports and Respite Services for Families and People Supported by The Arc of Howard County

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Coronavirus Disease

Information from The Arc of Howard County

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New Information from our Executive Director Regarding Personal Supports and Respite Services

For Families and People Supported by The Arc of Howard County

Re: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

With growing concerns and out of an abundance of caution by our organization, we are making major changes to our programs and services.

  • Effective today, 3/17/2020, Personal Supports will not be provided, except for supports deemed medically necessary. If you are unsure if you or your family member’s supports are medically necessary, please reach out to your Advocate.
  • Also, as of today, our Respite Services will be discontinued until further notice.

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

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr

Executive Director

NOTE: We will share additional updates with families and people supported through our website: www.archoward.org  To sign up for The Arc of Howard County newsletter, click here.

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Urgent! Coronavirus Alert–Closing Information from Executive Director, Cindy Parr

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SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative

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Transition is more than about services; it’s also about values. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has adopted an Employment First philosophy and seeks to align its service delivery system with that philosophy.

Transition planning is when a student with a disability, along with family members, the school system, and service providers, begin to officially plan for life after high school. To that end, the Department of Health will host the SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative on February 5, 11, 12, and 19, 2020.

What: SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative

When: February 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 
SMRO-DDA
312 Marshall Ave, #700
Laurel, MD 20707

 

To Register for one of the SMRO-Governors Transitioning Youth Initiative Sessions click below:

February 5, 2020

February 11, 2020

Transition planning should begin when your child is 14 (if not earlier!). This may sound very early, but if you plan to apply for services you may need to get applications in before graduation so supports are ready after leaving school.

Overview of Training

1. Importance of planning
2. Eligibility
3. Transition Programs & Services
4. Employment First
5. DDA Waivers

 

Who should attend?

  • Self-advocates
  • Family members
  • Allies
If you wish to learn more information about this training, please feel free to contact Nicole LeBlanc at nicole.leblanc@maryland.gov or at 301-362-5141.
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Holiday Closing Information: December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020

This is a reminder of The Arc of Howard County's office and program closings for the holidays. The Arc of Howard County​'s Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, and Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on December 25th, 2019, and/or January 1st, 2020, please contact your Employment Specialist. If you have any questions, please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638. Have a safe and happy holiday! #AchThe image shows snow-covered pine trees and a "Happy Holidays" banner.

This is a reminder of The Arc of Howard County‘s office and program closings for the holidays.

The Arc of Howard County​’s Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on:

  • Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on December 25th, 2019, and/or January 1st, 2020, please contact your Employment Specialist. If you have any questions, please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Inclement Weather Policy

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As we approach the cold weather season, we would like to review The Arc of Howard County‘s cold weather policy. In the event of inclement weather, look for weather updates, delayed openings, and closing information on:

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The Arc of Howard County Was a Changemaker Challenge Winner! #ChangemakerHC

Liz Burrage, Cindy Parr, and Bryan Sorrentino of The Arc of Howard County accepted the $15,000 check from the Changemaker Challenge.
Cindy Parr, Executive Director of The Arc of Howard County (pictured center), accepted the $15,000 Changemaker Challenge Award accompanied by Liz Burrage and Bryan Sorrentino of The Arc of Howard County.

The Arc of Howard County was a Changemaker Challenge Winner! At the Changemaker Challenge on November 11, 2019, the Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland chose four winners, including The Arc of Howard County. The Arc of Howard County won $15,000 to put their big idea for social change in to action — Community Accessibility with Dignity. Watch Liz Burrage and Bryan Sorrentino of The Arc of Howard County present their big idea for social change in Howard County at the Changemaker Challenge event by clicking below.

The Changemaker Challenge, an event focused on sparking innovation and fresh thinking to address some of Howard County’s most pressing issues, chose eight finalists from a field of 56 applicants. The other Changemaker Challenge winners were: 

  • Orlando Goncalves and Alfred Striano of Upcycled — $25,000 for their idea, Upcycled Structures from Recycled Goods.
  • Pamela Woolford — $10,000 for her idea, Spreading the Word about Columbia’s Black Freedom Visionaries.
  • Dr. Leah Katherine Saal and Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt — $10,000 for their idea, STEER – Strategic Training for Empathic Emergency Response. Drs. Saal and Schoenbrodt also were named winners of the Maureen Hayes Award for serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The award was created in honor of the Foundation’s former chief administrative officer.

You can also The Arc of Howard County’s Changemaker Challenge presentation on the Horizon Foundation’s YouTube.

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Holiday Closing Information: Thanksgiving

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Friendly Reminder: This a reminder of The Arc of Howard County office and program closings during Thanksgiving Week 2019:
 
  • The Arc of Howard County Community Integration Services-Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement, and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th, 2019. 
  • The Arc of Howard County Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, 2019.
  • If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on either of the above dates, please contact your Employment Specialist as The Arc of Howard County does not provide transportation to individual job sites on November 28th and November 29th, 2019. If you have any questions please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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