The Arc of the Ozarks becomes eFactory Partner

As the newest partner of the eFactory, The Arc is supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in southwest Missouri. The Arc believes this partnership will spread the importance of inclusion in the workforce and be a resource to entrepreneurs.

Known as a hub for innovation, the eFactory provides entrepreneurs the resources they need to be successful. The eFactory opened its doors in March of 2013 with one goal in mind: to serve as a one-stop shop for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout southwest Missouri. Today, the eFactory covers all the bases- everything from office space to growing companies to custom trainings for established businesses.

“We are the front door of entrepreneurship,” stated Rachel Anderson, director for the eFactory. “If you have an idea, or if you’re already in business and you need help growing your business, come here, and we can help you out.”

Professional and leadership trainings will be provided to staff through this partnership, as well as conference room use and coworking space. The Arc’s Training Department will lead this partnership with innovative ideas and collaborations.  

“We cannot begin to express how excited and grateful we are for the networking and growth opportunities this partnership will provide to our staff and to the individuals supported here at The Arc of the Ozarks,” stated Candece Hite, leadership and development coordinator for The Arc of the Ozarks.  “Beyond that, we are thrilled for the awareness this will bring to our mission as well as the community our staff work so passionately to support daily.”

Successful Second Year of Wings for Autism®

On August 24th, The Arc of the Ozarks, Allegiant Airlines and The Arc of the United Sates co-hosted the Second Annual Wings for Autism® event at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. This event was held in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Abilities First and JW Terrill. Wings for Autism® is an airport “rehearsal” created to alleviate some of the stress that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families experience when traveling by air.

At arrival, participants received a passport to guide them through the boarding process and a backpack full of sensory activities and snacks. After receiving their boarding pass, individuals went through TSA before boarding the aircraft. Once onboard, flight attendants went through the flight and safety procedures and answered any questions the individuals had. Following the experience, participants were given McAlister’s boxed lunches and cupcakes from Star Cakes.

“This event has been extremely beneficial for my family,” stated Jennifer Proctor, a parent of two identical twin girls with autism. “Every day is a new day. This event helps with the predictability of the flying process. We could not have asked for kinder staff throughout the whole process.”

This event is open to all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Springfield area and beyond who seek a safe, but realistic experience of travelling through an airport. 65 families were able to attend this second annual event.

“We are so appreciative of the Springfield-Branson National Airport and Allegiant Airlines for working with us a second year,” stated Family Advocate and event organizer, Elizabeth Obrey. “We have seen the positive impact Wings for Autism® has had on the families participating.”

Arc Clients Volunteer to Park Cars

The Arc of the Ozarks’ clients teamed up with Price Cutter, to help park cars for the Thursday, June 13th Springfield Cardinals game. This was also the evening of The Arc’s “Arc in the Park”.

Price Cutter is offering parking to fans to help give community members a cheaper parking option near Hammons Field, while giving back to local charities.

Parking is just $10 at the Price Cutter located at the intersection of St. Louis and National during Cardinals games. About an hour and a half before the game’s start time of 7:10p.m., The Arc of the Ozarks’ clients helped park the cars in the lot. “Our clients are always thrilled to be out in the community doing a variety of things,” stated Angie Perryman, family advocate for The Arc. “It’s an extra bonus that the money raised from the parked cars goes back to us and our No Limits Summer Camp.”

Price Cutter, began offering this parking option as an alternative to the $14 cost for the Hammons Field Parking and as a way to give back to the community. Throughout the Cardinals’ season, the company invites local children’s charities to participate by helping to park cars. All the money raised from parking those vehicles in turn goes back to those that volunteer.

Golfers Brave the Rain for Monett Golf Tournament

The Arc of the Ozarks raised over $10,900 at the 16th Annual Monett Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3rd. Held at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course in Monett, the scramble format golf tournament also hosted a lunch and silent auction.

The funds raised from the golf tournament will be utilized towards making our Monett kitchen accessible so we may host cooking classes for our clients and community members.  

“This tournament has become a staple in our community,” stated Monett Division Director, Sarah Meredith. “We have so many generous businesses who have been by our side all 16 years.”

Despite the rain, a fun day of golf was enjoyed by the 22 teams that participated.

The Arc of the Ozarks team would like to thank its volunteers, supporters, participants and the event sponsors including: Bee Payne Stewart Foundation (presenting sponsor), ASI, Community National Bank, Liberty Electric, First State Bank of Purdy, Freedom Bank, Old Missouri Bank, MEA, Anderson Engineering, First Independent Bank, KPM CPA's, Jack Henry , Crown KK Realty, CoxHealth Monett, Lily Chemical, Genesis Bolt, Bruner Pharmacy, Netsmart, Bell and Associates, VB Hall Antiques, Coast to Coast, Friendly Tire, DB Graphics, Randall, Mosri & Randall, Square 1 Insurance, Sater Pharmacy and Crown Power and Equipment. Congratulations to the winners:

Championship Flight

1st Dennis Scholl’s Team – 55

Championship Flight

2nd Monett Insurance Center – 56

Championship Flight

3rd Ryan Johnson’s Team – 56

A - Flight

1st Genesis Bolt – 64

A - Flight

2nd Lily Chemical – 65

2nd Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament reels in significant funds

Fishermen from across Missouri hit the waters of Table Rock Lake in the early morning hours on Saturday, April 27 to see who could reel in the largest bass. The 2nd Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament was held to support The Arc of the Ozarks Residential program and the unmet dental, medical and personal expenses for the clients served.

“The turnout was incredible and exceeded our expectations. It was so encouraging to see anglers from across the state come together to support our individuals. The participants were some of the most laid back, generous donors we’ve ever worked with. We are so thankful they chose to benefit our department and we look forward to growing this tournament year after year,” stated Abby Simek, Assistant Director of Residential Services.

This year, The Arc added a kayak division to the event. Ozark Mountain Trading Company handle the logistics of this division. While the anglers were on the water, the State Park Marina donated use of pontoon boats for clients and staff to take out. Many of the clients had never been on a boat and had a blast.

“We were honored to once again assist The Arc of the Ozarks in this fishing tournament. The tournament has grown exponentially in the last two years and I look forward to the future of this event,” stated Glenn Rosser, owner of Anglers Obsession Guide Service and coordinator of the tournament logistics.  

The event wrapped up with a Weigh-In Party where Tri-Tip, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad we served to the participants. A silent auction with more than 30 items was held. Tara, a Residential client provided a testimony of how The Arc of the Ozarks has enriched her life.

1st Place Total Weight 14lbs 10oz.  – Cole Findley and Jeff Barrickman

2nd Place Total Weight 14lbs – Dave Austin

3rd Place Total Weight 13lb 11oz. – Jeff Ladwick and Ken Harp

4th Place Total Weight 12lbs 13oz – Justin Nave and Craig Yocum

5th Place Total Weight 12lbs 13 oz. – Brian Watson and George Watson

6th Place Total Weight 12lbs 7oz – Lee Muschler and Vic Muschler


Out of the 67 boats competing, the biggest bass weighed in at 4lbs and 1 ounce caught by Cody Millican.

It was a beautiful day of fishing for a cause and raised over $11,000 for the unmet needs of the clients in our Residential Department.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25, 2020 for the 3rd Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament.

The Arc recognizes employees with Puttin’ on the Ritz themed Employee Appreciation Night

The Arc of the Ozarks held its annual Employee Appreciation Night on Friday, March 8th and honored 307 employees for their years of service and special achievements.

The night’s theme was Putting on the Ritz – a classic 20’s theme. Employees dressed in Gatsby attire including flapper dresses, feathers and suspenders. The crowd was entertained by the Wings of Swing Big Band throughout the evening.

Some highlights of the evening included an awards ceremony in which The Arc recognized employees of the year; Dan Springston - Monett Division, Marcel Johnson - Joplin Division and Angie Perryman of the Springfield Division. Employees that have been with the organization for one, five, ten, fifteen and twenty years were also recognized.

The evening featured casino style table games, a costume contest and a fun photo booth. A silent film starting Assistant Director of our Monett Division Victor Marchlawski and Ross Tracy, Director of Residential Services entertained the crowd.

“While the purpose of this event is to honor employees, who have met milestones and who have gone above and beyond, we feel the events gives us a chance to show our appreciation to all of our employees,” said Executive Administrative Assistant and coordinator of the event, Missy Young. “The Employee Relations Committee that represents all departments throughout the agency works hard to provide an event everyone can enjoy.”