Residential Spreading Holiday Cheer

Once again, our Residential Department spread the holiday cheer to make our client’s Christmas season more jolly.

On December 7th,  several members of the Residential team showed up early to the Christ Episcopal Church to help set-up for the annual Residential Christmas Party for clients. This was the fourth year the church donated the space for the occasion.

The room was filled with Christmas decorations such as a Christmas tree adorn with lights, tablecloths of red and green and centerpieces. There was even Christmas music playing throughout the space to set the festive mood. This event would not be made possible without many generous donors. The food, gifts and decorations are all contributions from community members and businesses.

The Residential Department has been doing this party for years. The Residential clients come and have a delicious meal, see Santa Claus and receive gifts. One very special gift that was given were photos of each of the clients with Santa Claus from the previous year.

There was no shortage of Christmas spirit and joy at this event. Thank you to those that donated to help make this happen!

Go Blue Fore Autism Raises Awareness

Sunday, July 29th was the last day of the Price Cutter Charity Championship Golf Tournament (PCCC) at Highland Springs Country Club but it was also the day The Arc sponsored Go Blue Fore Autism. The Arc was set up at the 18th green under a big blue tent. Individuals from The Arc volunteered their time to give information about The Arc’s autism services as well as handed out blue goodies. Blueberries and cream popcorn donated by Ozark Mountain Popcorn were a huge hit. Everyone in attendance was encouraged to wear blue to show support for The Arc and increase autism awareness. Families affected by autism were admitted free. 

Many spectators attended to watch a great game of golf and support their favorite local charities. This was the PCCC’s 29th year and 50 local children's charities were involved. The Arc of the Ozarks has been involved with the tournament for 13 years. The Arc also sponsored VIP Parking for the entire tournament.

The champion of the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Martin Trainer fired rounds of 62-68-65-68 to finish at 25 under, one shot clear of Henrik Norlander.    

Over the course of the weekend, thousands of people came out to the tournament and supported organizations such as The Arc of the Ozarks, Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks and The Hope Foundation. All of the funds raised were directed to programs each organization offers for children. The Arc’s No Limits Summer Camp program will benefit from our participation in this event. The Price Cutter Charity Championship was a huge success. We look forward to next year!

Five From The Arc Complete Rigorous LEAD Program

The Arc held the graduation ceremony for the first LEAD participants on June 20th. The LEAD program was designed to prepare Arc employees for career advancement through the development of leadership skills and promote a smooth transition from entry-level positions to positions in management and administration. LEAD emphasizes the importance of learning, empowerment, appreciation, and development as key components for success in leadership roles at The Arc. 

The program was rigorous, but five individuals from departments across the organization completed the program. These individuals include: Sarah Olson, Mary Wilcock, Jeff Crawford, Will Baker and Ryan Coleman. The program consists of 6 full-day interactive training sessions over the course of one year on key leadership topics. Field assignments and meetings with a mentor were key components to ensure knowledge retention and application. At the end of the program, the LEAD participants presented a communication plan to executive staff members with focus on policy, podcasts and developing a communication committee. 

“When I was promoted to a management position many years ago, The Arc invested in my leadership development by providing opportunities for learning and personal growth,” stated Lori Pace, Director of Training and Staff Development. “The LEAD program was designed to provide similar opportunities to prepare the next generation of leaders through a combination of classroom and experiential learning. It has been an honor and privilege to work with these new leaders and be a part of their personal and leadership journey. I am excited to see what the future holds for Will Baker, Ryan Coleman, Jeff Crawford, Sarah Olson, and Mary Wilcock!”

“What I have gained verses what I came to the program with, is quite a bit. It helped out a lot with my skills at leading a group of people or being a person that people look to as a leader,” stated Will Baker. “I am so glad I took the chance and applied for this great leadership program. The Arc of the Ozarks is taking the time to invest in all of us. That’s pretty cool!”  

The Arc is proud to continue the LEAD program into the future. More information on the next LEAD class will be released fall 2018.