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Meet Liam

Liam had such a rough start to life that mom Nicole wanted to cry.Two years later, she did. But they were tears of joy, thanks to the help of ARC.Liam was born with a hernia, colic, reflux, and developmental delays, and was an “unhappy and unhealthy little boy,” Nicole said.Now twenty-seven months, Liam’s “life has …Continue reading

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Meet Drew

Lindsay “Drew” Miller, 23, is an example of what people can accomplish when they try.He is blind in one eye and uses a walker, but is always willing to tackle something new. He’s helped answer phones, pack boxes, and shred paper, all part of ARC‘s pre-vocational job training program.”If they can find something for me …Continue reading

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Meet Efren

Efren is a go-getter. Since  joining ARC last year, he has been steadily promoted and now provides ground maintenance for the Defense Supply Center in Richmond.All this, despite having lost his left hand five years ago.”Efren has received nothing but high marks about his abilities and work ethic,” said ARC supervisor Caleb Violette.Among his duties, …Continue reading

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Hiring people with disabilities brings unexpected benefits

Mike Foley is assistant vice president of business development at the Greater Richmond ARC. His op-ed was featured this past weekend in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:Knowing firsthand the challenges of living with a loved one with disabilities, I can confidently say that we’ve come a long way over the past several decades.But we still have a …Continue reading

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Decision Maker: Michael Atkins with Greater Richmond ARC

Michael Atkins has been promoted to assistant vice president of Facility Management Services at Greater Richmond ARC. Read the coverage in the Richmond Times-Dispatch >>

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Help the Greater Richmond ARC celebrate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it …Continue reading

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Meet Dazeray

When Dazeray graduated from high school in 2011, her parents wanted to find a program where she wouldn’t “sit around,” her mom said.Dazeray keeps busy at Camp Baker.  An outgoing person, she likes the day support program’s daily activities that include swimming and horseback riding in the summer, along with trips to local parks and …Continue reading

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Civitans Keep Camp Baker Cool

Special thanks to Pat Robson, ARC Board Member, for his efforts in securing this gift from Greater Richmond Civitans, Chesterfield Civitans and the Chesapeake District Civitan Foundation, which included two HVAC systems for our Westwood and Camp Baker facilities.Excerpted from Richmond Times-Dispatch:ARC camp gets cool donationChildren at Greater Richmond ARC programs were able to keep …Continue reading

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ARC Honored for Workplace Inclusion

The Greater Richmond ARC was honored at The Pioneer Awards, held August 31. John Walker, Kim Watson, Mike Foley, Matt O’Connell and Mark Whetstine attended the event, which recognized local businesses for excellence in hiring and training people with disabilities.Thank you to The Next Move Program for honoring ARC among other businesses for leading the charge for …Continue reading

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A Park for All

There’s something for everyone at one of Richmond’s newest parks, and that has made it an especially popular destination in the past year.The Greater Richmond ARCpark at 3600 Saunders Ave. is 2.4 acres packed with attractions for all ages and all abilities. Among its assets: three playgrounds, a glider and a tree house that are …Continue reading

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Meet Darrall

Like most teens, Darrall, 13,  likes to stay busy. And like most parents, his dad Darrall Sr. thinks that’s a good idea.Both Darrall and his brother attend ARC’s afterschool program and their dad says they both like the daily activities that include art projects, cooking classes, and community outings.  “It’s nice. That’s what kids need.””They …Continue reading

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Richmond man overcomes disability to give back to community

NBC12 featured Day Support participant Taylor Boyer’s volunteerism in this On Your Side clip. Watch to see how Taylor spends his days giving back to the Richmond community in his own special way. Watch here>>You can also read the audio transcription here >>

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Northside ARCpark Celebrates One Year of All-Inclusive Play

The first all-inclusive recreation area in central Virginia, ARCpark, turns one one this month.Created by the Greater Richmond ARC, the 2.4-acre play area, adjoining ARC’s headquarters at 3600 Saunders Avenue, is estimated to host 1,000 visitors each week during good weather since opening on August 29, 2015.“If you build it, they will come has certainly held true,” …Continue reading

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The Herd: New hires and promotions for 8.16.16

See new assistant vice presidents Emily Lehmann, Mike Atkins and Mike Foley featured in Richmond BizSense>>

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Decision Maker: Kendall Marie Rice with Greater Richmond ARC

The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured ARC’s new director of compliance in Sunday’s Decision Maker column.Meet Kendall Marie Rice at Richmond.com>>The best advice she ever received: “Work smarter, not harder; Lead by example — don’t ask someone to do something that you can’t or won’t do yourself.” Read more>>

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Sunday Q&A With … John Walker with the Greater Richmond ARC

 The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured a Q&A with ARC President & CEO John Walker over the weekend. The column summarizes Walker’s experiences in his first year with ARC. “It has been a whirlwind. ARC is a very complex organization. We are a relatively large and a successful nonprofit.We employ more than 400 people (more than 250 have some …Continue reading

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Meet Colleen

The chance to stand on her own two feet.That’s what attending Camp Baker has given Colleen.Wheelchair bound, when Colleen, 28, returned home from overnight camp last summer, she was better able to stand briefly and pivot on own.For her mom Missey, it was “the most wonderful thing,” adding that it was just one example of …Continue reading

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Architect Website Redesign Shows Off ARCpark

VMDO Architects just updated their website. If you haven’t seen it yet, now would be a great time to read what they have to say about designing the signage and wayfinding markers for the ARCpark. The new page offers behind-the-scenes insight about the planning that went into developing the eight “wellness areas” that define space in …Continue reading

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First ever SummerFest brings 1,800 fans on hot day

To celebrate the ARCpark, more than 1,800 guests visited on July 9, 2016 for the first ever SummerFest.At this free event, families could enjoy live music from Dharma Bombs and Red Light Rodeo, sponsored by The RVA Group. Firehouse Bar-B-Que, The Dog Wagon and Kona Ice Richmond parked in the ARCenter lot so guests could …Continue reading

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Meet Cody

Cody’s mom Kendall usually has a hard time getting her son to have a conversation. He’s fourteen, after all.But when she picks him up at Camp Baker’s summer program, he’s nonstop. “Usually it’s like pulling teeth to initiate conversation,” but after spending  time at camp, “he’s so animated. I have to say ‘slow down, buddy’  …Continue reading

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BB&T Lighthouse Project: One last service project in the ARCpark

Three volunteers from the BB&T Lighthouse Project visited ARC for one final service project. The crew set aside four hours to stain raw wood planters and parts of the stage in the ARCpark. Project co-chair Brittani Gill said scheduling conflicts reduced the turnout to her and two other members.“We’re going to make it happen with …Continue reading

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BB&T Lighthouse Project Gives Back

Volunteers from the BB&T Lighthouse Project served home-style Italian lunch fare to more than 50 individuals employed in ARC’s production facility on Westwood Avenue. Nearly a dozen BB&T volunteers in aprons and gloves plated spaghetti, salad, bread, cookies and iced tea in a staff appreciation luncheon held Wednesday.Project co-chair Brittani Gill said it was amazing …Continue reading

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Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction Highlighted in Boomer

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BB&T Volunteers Partner with ARC to Make a Difference

Members of BB&T’s Lighthouse Project, now in its eighth year, recently volunteered at the Greater Richmond ARC’s ARCpark, a 2.4 acre handicap-accessible park for all ages and abilities at 3600 Saunders Avenue that opened last year. Their all-hands-on-deck effort included light landscaping such as spreading mulch.”We want every one of our associates physically working in …Continue reading

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Meet Becky

In a cozy room at ARC, five-year-old Becky and her speech therapist Stephanie are playing a word game.”What do cows drink?” asks Stephanie. “Milk,” comes the reply.”What does a red light mean?” “Stop.”Becky has come a long way from being the shy youngster who didn’t speak at all before she was three, and was “tentative …Continue reading

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What’s Happening: Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction (RTD)

Your support of the Ladybug Fund made the Richmond Times-Dispatch! Thank you to all who joined us for the Winetasting and Silent Auction — we had a great time. Read the excerpt below, or continue straight to Richmond.com >>The 16th annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction was held April 16 at Richmond International Raceway.More …Continue reading

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Picture of Doug and Tracy at the PR Awards.

ARC wins Virginia PR award for coverage of ARCpark grand opening

The Greater Richmond ARC received a Capital Award of Merit at the 69th Virginia Public Relations Awards held on May 18th at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. ARC was honored for its work in promoting the August 2015 grand opening of the ARCpark, Central Virginia’s first all-inclusive park for people of all …Continue reading

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2nd ARC Art Show a Success: $450 Raised for Artists

The 2nd Annual ARC Art Show drew a crowd of more than 60 staff, parents and board members on Tuesday. Forty-five pieces of art sold, bringing in $450 that will be given to the artists to use for program excursions at ARC. During the first half hour of the event, Vice President of Development & …Continue reading

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Individuals with Disabilities Show Artwork at ARC (RTD)

Remember, the 2nd Annual ARC Art Show is TOMORROW. This free event features artwork from folks in our programs — check out this Richmond Times-Dispatch highlight for more detail.

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ARCpark a Finalist for 2016 Impact Awards

The Richmond Real Estate Group recognized the ARCpark as a top five finalist for the 2016 Impact Awards. The awards highlight significant real estate deals that have had a positive impact on the region and contributed to the economic growth and prosperity of the local communities they serve.We are honored to be included and to have …Continue reading

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Excerpt: Why Are People Trying to Take My Disabled Daughter’s Job Away?

Vice channel Broadly. recently published an account from author and mother Jane Bernstein about her experience with her daughter’s employment at a sheltered workshop. The article explores the benefits this environment has provided to 31-year-old Rachel. We found it to be a compelling read and want to share it with you. You can read the …Continue reading

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Learn More: ARC Employment Services

Assistant Vice President of Business Development Mike Foley introduces ARC Employment Services. Through AES, men and women with disabilities can learn the meaning, value and demands of work, transition into the general workforce, obtain and retain competitive employment and achieve their personal career goals.

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2nd Annual ARC Art Show – Save the Date

  The Greater Richmond ARC welcomes you to join us for our second annual art show. This year, we’ve opened the doors to submissions from all of our programs in all forms of media. See passion, energy, vibrancy and creativity manifest in art; see the joy this process of creating offers as individuals explore new ways …Continue reading

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ARCpark wins top commercial real estate award

The 15th annual Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) Awards were held at the Country Club of Virginia on April 16, 2016. The awards honor outstanding commercial real estate projects for 2015 in the greater Richmond region.The most creative award for an institution went to the ARCpark, the Greater Richmond ARC’s park for people …Continue reading

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Meet Hailey

As a baby, Hailey didn’t babble. By the time she was three, she could only say five words.Everyone said, “one day she’ll just wake up and talk.”But she didn’t, and that’s when her mom Sarah turned to ARC.”I was so worried about what would happen in kindergarten,” if Hailey couldn’t communicate, she said. Children were …Continue reading

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Art on Wheels visits ARC for Art Show

The Afterschool program space is quiet, for now. A man with a curled mustache spreads canvas cloth across the floor.It’s a rainy Wednesday morning, and the man is Kevin Orlosky, owner of Art on Wheels. In a few moments, he will host a mixed media activity for individuals in ARC Day Support. The final pieces …Continue reading

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Students learn simple machines, empathy

RICHMOND, VA — Nearly 100 third grade students pour into the Greater Richmond ARC’s ARCpark. Released from the order of their visit to the Science Museum of Virginia, they rush into the gates. Students pause here and there, pointing out with excitement the levers, pulleys and inclined planes in the equipment.This trip to the ARCpark, …Continue reading

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16th Annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction

2016 Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction Full of FirstsMobile bidding replaced paper bid sheets, a Wine Shop featured key wines from the tasting for guests to purchase and take home and the proceeds from the Ladybug Fund can now apply to all services that benefit children at ARC. Previously, the Ladybug Fund only benefited …Continue reading

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Decision Maker for March 28: Julee Fletcher with Greater Richmond ARC

Our own Julee Fletcher was recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. View the Richmond.com post here, or see text excerpted below.An announcement was also made in Virginia Business.  Congratulations, and welcome, Julee! Decision Maker for March 28: Julee Fletcher with Greater Richmond ARCPosted: Sunday, March 27, 2016 10:30 pmJulee Fletcher is senior vice president and chief financial …Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, P.T.!

Last Wednesday,  long-time ARC receptionist Patricia Tomlinson (P.T.) celebrated her birthday with staff.A few special guests stopped by to share in the celebration. Listen in on this clip from MIX 98.1 to find out which famous voices visited the ARCenter.”I’m glad you came, you made my day!” Audio Transcription:Jeff: Mix 98.1, it’s 6:30, Wicker in the …Continue reading

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ARCpark opens in Richmond with mission to offer fun for all families

The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured the ARCpark on the day of the grand opening of Richmond’s first all ages, all abilities park.The park combines standard playground equipment with therapeutic and accessible fixtures to offer the chance for everyone, regardless of ability, to play and exercise together. One goal is to open communication and foster understanding as …Continue reading

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Respite camps offered for special needs

Richmond Parents Monthly featured Camp Baker in the January 15 Camp & Education Fair Guide. Respite provides participants with the fun of a camp experience and caregivers with a “mini vacation” of their own.

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The Greater Richmond ARC launches Work Readiness program for high school students

  RICHMOND, Va. (June 9, 2014)– “What’s next?”   For students graduating from high school, it’s a typical question. For students with developmental disabilities,  it can be a tough one.   To help them prepare,  the Greater Richmond ARC is launching “Work Readiness” on June 16. This program provides high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in …Continue reading

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Reading is Fundamental, Inc. Selects the Greater Richmond ARC for Book Grant

RICHMOND, Va. (June 4, 2014)—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, selected the Greater Richmond ARC to receive 360 new books that will be given to children with developmental disabilities participating in ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program this year.Funding for the book donation was provided from Macy’s.“It is …Continue reading

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“Comcast Cares Day” a success at Camp Baker in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (May 20, 2014)– On April 26, more than 200 volunteers participated in Comcast Cares Day, the company’s annual, nationwide day of service, in Chesterfield alongside the Greater Richmond ARC. Community members, employees from Comcast and NBC Universal and their families and friends, arrived at ARC’s Camp Baker ready to work.         Carrying paintbrushes, potted …Continue reading

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The Greater Richmond ARC wins a Capital Award of Merit at the Virginia Public Relations Awards

RICHMOND, Va. (May 19, 2014)– The Greater Richmond ARC won a Capital Award of Merit at the 67th Virginia Public Relations Awards, a statewide competition sponsored by the Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.The Greater ARC, which provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities  locally, won in the editorials/op-ed columns category for …Continue reading

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The Greater Richmond ARC’s Annual Fundraiser Benefits Children’s Program

RICHMOND, Va. (April 17, 2014)–More than 400 guests and volunteers attended The Greater Richmond ARC’s annual Ladybug Winetasting and Silent Auction at the Richmond Raceway Complex’s Torque Club on April 5, 2014. The event raised $99,000, with proceeds benefiting The Greater Richmond ARC’s Infant and Child Development program, which provides specialized therapies for children with developmental …Continue reading

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Ahoy! The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker announces summer sessions schedule

–Camp for individuals with developmental disabilities includes boating this yearCHESTERFIELD, Va. ( March 21, 2014)– This summer, the Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker will sponsor boating outings twice a week for children and adults with developmental disabilities at its neighbor, Pocahontas State Park.     Accompanied by camp staff, day and overnight campers will have the opportunity  …Continue reading

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KSPH raises funds to benefit the Greater Richmond ARC in Jeans for Charity Friday

RICHMOND, Va. ( March 11, 2014)– While most charitable events involve dressing up, employees at KSPH, a Marsh & McLennan agency specializing in employee benefits management, recently paid to dress down.During the last quarter of 2013, the KSPH staff raised more than $600 in its Jeans for Charity Friday program, where participating employees made a …Continue reading

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Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite at Camp Baker focuses on fun community outings

CHESTERFIELD, VA. ( January 17, 2014) — The Greater Richmond ARC is sponsoring weekend respite sessions for individuals with developmental disabilities that include community outings to local movie theaters and community festivals and events.Held at ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield, the weekend respite program also provides a wide range of on-site supervised activities, including music, …Continue reading

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RIF Selects the Greater Richmond ARC for Literacy Grant to Help Richmond area Children

Funds Raised through Macy’s Be Book Smart Campaign to Benefit Local Literacy EffortsRichmond, Va. (August 5, 2012) Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, selected the Greater Richmond ARC’s Infant & Child Services (ICDS) program to receive a $396 grant for free book distributions and literacy activities benefitting Richmond area children and …Continue reading

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The Greater Richmond ARC Receives CARF Three-Year Accreditation

 The Greater Richmond ARC Receives CARF Three-Year Accreditation  Richmond, Va. (July 19, 2012)  CARF International announced that the Greater Richmond ARC and ARC Industrial Services have been accredited for a period of three years for the following programs: Community Employment Services – Job Development; Community Employment Services – Job Supports; Community Employment Services – Job-Site Training; Employee …Continue reading

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A big shout out to Chris Mumford – a member of ARC’s Board of Directors. Congratulations, Chris!

The Martin Agency in Richmond has promoted Chris Mumford from his position of senior vice president/group managing director to executive vice president/director of account management.Mumford joined the agency in 1997 and currently leads accounts for GEICO, Experian, American Cancer Society and USTA.He succeeds Bruce Kelley, who will continue at the company as vice chairman.  read more …Continue reading

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BB&T Lighthouse Project spruces up ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield County

Green isn’t just about the money.BB&T Lighthouse Project spruces up ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield CountyRICHMOND, Va. (June 28, 2012) For the third consecutive year, BB&T employees went out into their communities to take part in the BB&T Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service effort held annually in May and June. BB&T employees are able …Continue reading

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The Greater Richmond ARC Names Bob Sommerville Board of Directors Chairman

The Greater Richmond ARC Names Bob Sommerville Board of Directors ChairmanRICHMOND, Va. (June 21, 2012) Robert Sommerville has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Greater Richmond ARC, a nonprofit organization providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. He was formerly vice-chairman and a member of ARC’s Finance and …Continue reading

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Richmond Times-Dispatch — Flair What’s Happening: Greater Richmond ARC fundraiser

 More than $110,000 was raised for the Ladybug Fund Scholarship of the Greater Richmond ARC at its 12th annual Ladybug Winetasting and Silent Auction on April 28 at Plant Zero.

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Virginia DRS Receives ARC’s First Annual “Champions Award” at Fall Banquet

The first annual ARC Industrial Services (AIS) “Champions Award” was presented to a valued AIS customer who has worked with us in the past and has made a significant contribution to the success of our mission during the year. The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services has long been a partner with the ARC. However, this …Continue reading

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The Garden is Growing Again

With the sunshine finally here and the warm spring weather just around the corner, the garden has come back into our activities time!We all enjoy getting back out and tending to the soil this time of year. Despite the cold, the garden had already given us cauliflower and broccoli. Our meal preparation class has already …Continue reading

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Spotlight on Morning Wellness Activities 

Here in the Day Support program at The ARC we start every day off with at least thirty minutes of continuous physical exercise to get a healthy start to our day. We recognize that when we exercise our bodies and combine that with good sleep and nutrition, that we have great results in every way …Continue reading

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Carnival Time at Camp Baker

Last month our friends over at Camp Baker invited us to a huge carnival day they were having. We were so excited about it that we took everybody!When we got to the camp there was so much to do. They had stations set up with so many great activities. There was face painting, with critters …Continue reading

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One for the Books — and Many for the Children

The Greater Richmond ARC’s annual holiday party for children with special needs was one for the books, literally.Held on December 7, 2010 at Trinity United Methodist Church, ARC called on Richmonders to donate new books for children with special needs ages 1-10 through venues including bbgb tales for kids at 3100 Kensington Avenue and at …Continue reading

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Charles Story, ARC’s New VP of Human Resources, Profiled in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Charles D. Story III, ARC’s new Vice President of Human Resources, was profiled in the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s “Decision Makers” column in Metro Business Weekly, December 13, 2010. Charles joined the ARC in November 2010 after serving as Director of Human Resources at the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. Richmond Times-Dispatch’s “Decision Makers” profile, Metro Business Weekly …Continue reading

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Greater Richmond ARC Presents New Awards at Annual Banquet

At The Greater Richmond ARC’s annual banquet held October 21, 2010, the organization, which provides programs for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, recognized groups who’ve partnered with ARC in significant ways with two new awards: the Pioneer Award and the Champions Award. The Pioneer Award was given to The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and …Continue reading

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Child Advocates Honored with Children’s Hospital’s Spirit of Advocacy Awards   

The Greater Richmond ARC knows that its staff is superb, but it is nice when others recognize it as well. Cara Coffman and Kathy Poffenberger, developmental specialists in The Greater Richmond ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program, were recently honored by Richmond’s Children’s Hospital with their Spirit of Advocacy Award. This honor is …Continue reading

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The Greater Richmond ARC Offers After School Care at Two Locations

Providing a safe, secure environment and successful skill building are program’s focus When school-age children with special needs arrive at Camp Baker’s after school program this September, they can unwind by the sensory garden where the sights and scents of colorful flowers and herbs can be soothing. The garden is just one aspect of after …Continue reading

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The Martin Agency and HandsOn Greater Richmond Team up to Brighten Westwood

 The Martin Agency recently coordinated a volunteer project with HandsOn Greater Richmond, a volunteer organization that offers a wide assortment of flexible service opportunities for individuals, families, community and corporate groups. Together, they identified a number of not-for-profit agencies in the Greater Richmond area and asked HandsOn to gather information on possible candidates. The Greater Richmond ARC submitted a …Continue reading

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Matt O’Connell Named Senior Director of Federal Contracts

Military experience and strong business background a plus. Matthew P. O’Connell has been named senior director of federal contracts at The Greater Richmond ARC. In his new role, O’Connell’s responsibilities will include overseeing ARC’s fulfillment of government contracts at federal installations, including staffing, budgeting, quality assurance and customer support. He was previously a vice president …Continue reading

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Summer Day Programs at the Greater Richmond ARC

When school ends in June, summer fun begins. But finding a day program for school-age children with special needs can require research on the part of parents. The Greater Richmond ARC (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens), provides summer day programs for children ages 5 to 22 who are currently enrolled in school at two …Continue reading

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Greater Richmond ARC Baseball Night a Big Hit

ARC program participants, staff, families and caregivers head to The Diamond; for some it’s a first. The Greater Richmond ARC really got into the swing of things on June 19, 2010, when a group of program participants, families and caregivers headed to The Diamond to see the Flying Squirrels, Richmond’s minor league baseball team and …Continue reading

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ARC and Hohner Make Beautiful Music Together

The Greater Richmond ARC’s Industrial Services division was recently tapped for a project by Hohner, Inc. Hohner, is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of musical instruments such as harmonicas and accordions, has selected ARC Industrial Services, a division of The Greater Richmond ARC to package musical instruments such as jingle bells and rhythm sticks for …Continue reading

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2010 Ladybug Fundraiser a Success! 

For the 10th consecutive year, the ARC Ladybug Fund, in partnership with featured wineries, select restaurants and community sponsors, raised funds to help young children with developmental disabilities and delays to achieve to their fullest potential. A Ladybug winetasting and silent auction held at Plant Zero in Manchester on Saturday, May 1, 2010, and a …Continue reading

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Price House Dedication Honors Former Camp Director

img height=”149″ alt=”” hspace=”0″ width=”144″ align=”left” border=”0″ style=”margin: 5px 5px 5px 0px” src=”http://www.richmondarc.org/wp-content/themes/arc/images/News/tn_Lee-Price.jpg” />Chesterfield — Clarence “Lee” Price was honored Monday, May 10, 2010, at Camp Baker, a facility owned and operated by the Greater Richmond ARC (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens) in partnership with Chesterfield County. Price, camp director from 1979 to 1993, …Continue reading

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The Greater Richmond ARCenter Opens 

The barrier-free building was designed and constructed to provide ARC’s most fragile clients and their families care, skills and therapy in a healthful environment.The ARCenter, the Greater Richmond ARC’s new headquarters, is now open for business. It is also open for therapy, wellness activities, library & computer time, daily living skills training in areas such …Continue reading

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Comcast Employees and their Families Revitalize Camp Baker

Comcast recently partnered with Greater Richmond ARC for Comcast’s annual nationwide day of service. Comcast employees and their families and friends, in partnership with the Greater Richmond ARC, volunteered their time to help beautify the ARC’s Camp Baker location as part of Comcast’s ninth annual ‘Comcast Cares Day’ on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Volunteers cleared …Continue reading

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Don Stevens Receives Top Honors at Commonwealth Catholic Charities Awards   

Don Stevens, a longtime Greater Richmond ARC board member and owner of Stevens Jewelers in Richmond’s West End, was honored with the 2010 Community Service Award sponsored by Commonwealth Catholic Charities. A record crowd gathered for the 14th Annual Community Service Awards at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on the evening of Thursday, April 22, 2010. …Continue reading

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Professional Organizers Help ARC with Hands-On Advice 

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) sponsors a “Get Organized Month” (“GO Month”) each year. Now in its fifth year, GO Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and by a NAPO professional organizer. During GO Month — usually held in January — NAPO’s dozens of chapters and thousands …Continue reading

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ARC Industrial Services Wins Scanning Contract

The Greater Richmond ARC announced that its ARC Industrial Services (AIS) division has been retained by Delta Airport Consultants for a scanning project that involves capturing and preserving files electronically and destroying paper files. Delta Airport Consultants, a Richmond-based regional engineering firm, has offices througout the southeastern United States. “We are very pleased to be …Continue reading

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ARCenter Nears Completion

With construction moving along at a steady clip, the new Greater Richmond ARCenter is set to open in just a few short months. Our families, supporters and staff members are excited to see the new facility, located at 3600 Saunders Avenue on Richmond’s north side, open to serve more than 1,400 individuals with developmental disabilities …Continue reading

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Buy wrapping paper, support a cause

(From the Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro Business section, published Monday, December 14, 2009) By Louis Llovio Before you toss the wrapping paper this year, you might want to take a look to see if it was made and packaged in Richmond. Ink & Paper, a division of the design firm Punch, is designing a line of …Continue reading

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AIS Wins VCU Scanning Contract

The Greater Richmond ARC’s (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens) Industrial Services division was selected by VCU Honors College to scan and convert paper documents to digital files. Dr. Anne Chandler, Senior Associate Dean of the Honors College, decided to outsource the scanning project to ARC after meeting with ARC staff and learning of its …Continue reading

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ARC Among 10 Virginia Employers Recognized by RSVP, Inc.  

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Rehabilitative Services & Vocational Placement, Inc. (RSVP) took part by recognizing employers throughout the state who have partnered with RSVP to fulfill their mission of helping our consumers realize their employment potential, increase their independence, and enhance the quality of their lives. In 2009, RSVP worked with …Continue reading

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Dr. Joe Niamtu is named RTD Correspondent of the Day 

Dr. Joe Niamtu, along with his wife, April Niamtu, longtime honorary spokesparents for the Greater Richmond ARC, was named “Correspondent of the Day” on November 12, 2009, by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The editorial page of the RTD published an open letter Dr. Niamtu wrote on those who abouse parking in handicap sparking spaces. The letter, …Continue reading

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ARC Employees Give Back Through United Way

Even in times of economic recession, our ability to pull together and achieve fundraising goals is not diminished. This year’s United Way “Live United” campaign challenge was met by 88 ARC employees who donated a total of $5,641 to improve education, income and health in our community. “That number is up significantly from $3,830, the …Continue reading

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Civitan Grant of $30K Purchases Scanning Equipment for ARC

The Civitan Chesapeake Foundation and the Greater Richmond Civitan Club recently awarded $30,000 — $29,000 from the Foundation and $1,000 from the Club — to ARC Industrial Services for scanning equipment. The Foundation members were very enthusiastic about the use of funds that are in line with the Foundation’s mission to train and employ individuals …Continue reading

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Haley Auto Group Visits ARC

Bill Simmons, General Manager for the Haley Auto Group of Richmond, toured ARC Industrial Services (AIS) on Wednesday, November 4th. Michael Foley, Business Development Director for the Greater Richmond ARC, hosted the tour and showed Mr. Simmons various aspects of the facility and the work performed by AIS clients. “It was great to be able …Continue reading

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ARC Art: Lanterns Made by ARC Participants with Help from Art on Wheels 

The Association of Fund Raising Professionals recently asked five area not-for-profits to design original centerpieces for their annual National Philanthropy Day. The Greater Richmond ARC was among those chosen. ARC and Art on Wheels teamed up to design ten lanterns as centerpieces for ten tables at the event. The other agencies involved were Art 180, …Continue reading

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ARC partners with BB&T in Community-Building Effort

Richmond not-for-profit partners with long-time community supporter The Greater Richmond ARC, which has been serving individuals with disabilities and their families for 55 years, recently partnered with BB&T in its philanthropic and team-building effort called the ‘BB&T Lighthouse Project.’ Area BB&T employees hosted a Buz & Ned’s barbecue luncheon for approximately 260 ARC Day Support …Continue reading

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ARC partners with BB&T in Community-Building Effort

Richmond not-for-profit partners with long-time community supporter The Greater Richmond ARC, which has been serving individuals with disabilities and their families for 55 years, recently partnered with BB&T in its philanthropic and team-building effort called the ‘BB&T Lighthouse Project.’ Area BB&T employees hosted a Buz & Ned’s barbecue luncheon for approximately 260 ARC Day Support …Continue reading

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How One Local Nonprofit is Responding to the Recession 

By Marshall W. Butler, Jr., Times-Dispatch Guest Columnist Even in the toughest of economic times, we need to remember those with special needs. Our organization, the Greater Richmond ARC (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens), annually serves more than 1,400 area indi viduals with developmental disabilities and their families. Yet there are almost 2,000 Richmonders …Continue reading

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Camp Growing to Serve Special Needs

By Wesley P. Hester Times-Dispatch Staff Writer Published: August 13, 2009 Reluctantly at first, Krystal Alexander rode a horse for the first time this week at Camp Baker. “I was so scared, I couldn’t put my leg over the horse,” said Alexander, 18, of Richmond, who has cerebral palsy. “But you did it, didn’t you?” …Continue reading

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ARC achieves CARF certification

The Greater Richmond ARC recently received CARF(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities www.carf.org ) certification in five categories of employment services through 2012: -Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Development -Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Supports -Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job-Site Training -Employment Services: Employee Development Services -Employment Services: Organizational Employment Services ARF-accredited …Continue reading

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Ladybug Wine Events Raise Record Amount

The Greater Richmond ARC (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens) held its annual fundraising dinner and wine tasting events this Spring to benefit its Ladybug Fund, which supports therapy services for familie who can not afford them otherwise through its Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program. More than 500 people attended the two Spring …Continue reading

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Demolition has begun!

Demolition of the former Carrier warehouse at 3600 Saunders Avenue in north Richmond is underway to make way for the new ARCenter. To serve more people and serve them in the community settings that are best for them, ARC has purchased four acres of land at 3600 Saunders Avenue, close to Interstates 64 and 95, …Continue reading

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Get your Ladybug tickets! 

Ladybug ’09 Sponsored by BB&T & Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery For the ninth year, the Greater Richmond ARC, in partnership with Featured Wineries, Select Restaurants and Community Sponsors, is raising funds to help young children with developmental disabilities and delays to achieve to their fullest potential. Together, we can ensure that Ladybug Fund scholarships …Continue reading

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ARC wins top honors at “Best in Virginia” awards 

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) recently awarded their top prize, the “Award of Excellence,” in their annual “Best in Virginia” marketing competition to Rodney Shelton, Michael Foley, Douglas Payne and Tracy Tierney for their work in promoting the Greater Richmond ARC’s workforce, ARC Industrial Services. By designing, developing and implementing a highly-effective marketing …Continue reading

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ICDS Holiday Party

On December 9, 2008, the Greater Richmond ARC hosted a holiday party for the children who participate in the organization’s Infant and Child Development Services program, along with their parents and siblings, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond. More than 175 people attended. Forrest White, Trinity’s director of youth ministry, thought the event …Continue reading

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Holiday Spirit from Your Kitchen

(Reprinted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch article by Bill Lohmann) Here’s the holiday spirit come to life: Java Berrow walking up to a home with someone’s dinner, knocking on the door and cheerfully announcing,’Meals on Wheels!’ ‘I like helping people who don’t get out to get their food,’ Berrow said. Here’s another thing: Berrow’s good work …Continue reading

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Comcast Presets ARC’s Day Support Services a Check for $11,100

(From the Richmond Times-Disptach, Sunday, July 27, 2008) The Comcast Foundation recently presented the Greater Richmond ARC a check for $11,100. The money will provide support for ARC’s Day Support services. On Hand were (from left) Henry Pearl, area vice president for Comcast; Demis Stewart, executive vice president of ARC; Marshall Butler, president of ARC; …Continue reading

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First Lady of Virginia Visits ARC 

The First Lady of Virginia, Anne Holton, recently paid a visit to the Greater Richmond ARC’s headquarters on Westwood Avenue to tour the facility and learn more about the services ARC provides over 1,300 area residents and their families. Mrs. Holton, a former juvenile and domestic relations district court judge in the City of Richmond …Continue reading

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Ladybug 2008 Sponsored by BB&T raises more than $96,000 

For the eighth year, the Greater Richmond ARC, in partnership with featured wineries, select Richmond restaurants and community sponsors, raised funds through the Ladybug Fund winetasting events to help young children with developmental disabilities and delays achieve to their fullest potential. Over $96,000 was raised at this year’s events, ensuring scholarships will be available for ANY …Continue reading

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Comcast Cares About ARC

More than 300 volunteers from the Richmond area joined together on Saturday, May 3, 2008 for ‘Comcast Cares Day’ to help revitalize the facilities of the Greater Richmond ARC’s Westwood Avenue headquarters. Together on this day – Comcast’s annual, nationwide day of service ‘ Comcast employees and their families and friends, along with representatives from …Continue reading

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Greater Richmond ARC changes program name   

(From Richmond.com ‘Community Spotlight’ April 24, 2008)   The Greater Richmond ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) has come up with a new name for one of its longstanding, most important programs.   The previously named Civitan Vocational Services will now be known as ARC Industrial Services, a program that provides opportunities for individuals with mental …Continue reading

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The ARC Art Project

On April 5, 2008, young artists from the Greater Richmond ARC gave their time and talent to create a unique work of art with Richmond artist Robert Walz. Parents, friends and volunteers supported the children creatively, emotionally and physically while the artists busily went to work. On April 5, 2008, young artists from the Greater …Continue reading

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ICDS Holiday Party

The Infant and Child Development Services’ annual Holiday Party was held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Forest Hill Avenue on December 11th. This year marked one of the biggest and best parties ever with 79 children and 68 adults in attendance. Most of the children receive therapy from ARC, and this year they brought …Continue reading

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ARC Growing Business with Plow&Hearth

Since 2003, ARC has been steadily growing its business with Madison, Virginia-based Plow & Hearth, a division of 1800Flowers.com. Plow & Hearth is a $30 million a year national catalog, retail, and Internet company that specializes in high quality gardening, home and leisure products. The ARC/Plow & Hearth relationship began in early 2003 with ARC …Continue reading

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Lisa Cox named a Richmond Top Young Professional   

Lisa Cox, Director of Infant and Child Development Services for the Greater Richmond ARC, was among 40 Richmond area residents under age 40 selected by Style Weekly magazine as the top area young professionals for 2007. The annual competition draws a large number of nominations each year, and judges make their selections from a diverse …Continue reading

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Getting Organized: What’s in a Label?

 ’A Place for Everything and Everything in It’s Place’ sounds so organized and peaceful. We can all see the benefits. But it can be a tough rule for busy families to follow. And sometimes it feels downright impossible if that family has a member with special needs. Children and adults with special needs often struggle …Continue reading

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ARC ICDS Therapist Anne Wilkins receives PhD

The Greater Richmond ARC is pleased to announce Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) physical therapist Anne Boyce Wilkins was recently awarded a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. Anne received her Master of Science degree from VCU/MCV and Bachelor of Science from William & Mary. She is a Richmond …Continue reading

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Let’s Roll: Paula Jones and Meals on Wheels

Paula Jones, a long-time client of the Day Support services of the Greater Richmond ARC, has been recognized by Meals on Wheels as a valuable long-time volunteer, helping to deliver meals to those in need for the past six years. Paula says that in addition to delivering meals to Meals on Wheels clients, she enjoys …Continue reading

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DSCR Wins National Award

The Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) recently won national recognition for its employment of individuals with developmental disabilities at a conference sponsored by NISH, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal contracts through the AbilityOne Program, formerly known as the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Program. The DSCR …Continue reading

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ARC Welcomes new VP of Program Development and Director of Camp Baker Services 

When the Greater Richmond ARC went searching for a new director of Camp Baker Services, they felt extremely fortunate to find Francis (‘Fran’) Fitzgerald, a native New Yorker with extensive not-for-profit experience. ARC President Marshall Butler said what made Francis (‘Fran’) Fitzgerald really stand out were his credentials. Fitzgerald has more than 25 years of …Continue reading

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Cupid Calls at ARC

The Greater Richmond ARC has been know for more than 50 years as a place where lives are changed for the better through work programs, individual therapy sessions and camp experiences. Occasionally, Cupid comes calling. Melvin Cary Jackson, an employee at the Jefferson Hotel’s T.J. Lounge, began working with ARC employment counselors when he moved …Continue reading

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St. Christopher’s School Summer Interns at ARC

Devynne Bruce, a Deep Run High School senior, was one of three summer interns who visited ARC over the two-week, hands-on portion of the overall five-week program. Devynne had the opportunity to work alongside ARC counselors and staff Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, and participated in a variety of daily activities …Continue reading

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Greater Richmond ARC Now Offers Scanning Service

By Louis Llovio, Times-Dispatch Staff writer A nondescript warehouse in North Richmond could house temporarily some of the city’s most sensitive corporate documents. No, the warehouse is not a super-secret facility keeping corporate secrets. It’s the home of the Greater Richmond ARC. The nonprofit group, which provides employment and care for individuals with developmental disabilities, …Continue reading

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ARCspace Makeover for Lobby and ICDS Completed 

Gwaltney Fleming, Inc., a Richmond-based architectural, design and general contracting firm, successfully completed the ARCspace renovation project this past spring at ARC’s Westwood Avenue headquarters. The rennovation provided ARC’s main lobby and Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) offices and therapy rooms a much-needed makeover. The completed project, valued at more than $130,000, has been …Continue reading

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’07 Ladybug a Success! 

Thanks to your kind generosity, the Greater Richmond ARC raised more than $143,000 through the Ladybug Fund winetasting events held this past spring. These funds support young children with developmental disabilities in ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS). Please feel free to email us with your comments or suggestions at Ladybug@RichmondARC.org and save the …Continue reading

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ARC’s Camp Baker Gets a Helping Hand from Philip Morris USA

‘Are you ready, are you pumped?’ shouted Philip Morris USA human resources team leader Roxanne Richardson to her colleagues as they sipped hot coffee in the chilly morning air. Richardson, a native of New York, was more than ready to dive right in to the work at hand. The all-day effort was part of Philip …Continue reading

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ARC Wins Three Communications Awards in 2006

The Greater Richmond ARC’s “What is ARC?” media campaign ended 2006 by placing in three prestigious regional communications competitions. The ARC campaign won honors respectively in the Richmond Ad Club’s “Richmond Show” for Public Service Print in an Outdoor Campaign, the Public Relations Society of America’s 2006 “Virginia Public Relations Awards” for for Creative Tactics, …Continue reading

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“MG Wins Big in Virginia Contest”

Times-Dispatch business writer Bob Rayner covers the 2006 “Best in Virginia” awards sponsored by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)- Richmond Chapter. ARC and its ad agency, ND&P received silver honors in the category of “Economic, Social and Environmental Development” for the Dr. Joe & April Niamtu media awareness campaign launched in 2006. Download …Continue reading

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ARC Receives Virginia DRS ‘Champion’ Award 

In commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) and Dominion Resources, Inc. co-hosted the first annual Disability Employment Champions Awards Breakfast on October 24, 2006 at Virginia Crossings Resort in Glen Allen, Virginia. The statewide event was the culmination of a series of local events held …Continue reading

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ARC Welcomes New ICDS Medical Director, Dr. Collen Kraft

ARC is pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Kraft, the Walter E. Bundy Professor and Chair of the Division of Community Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University, has joined ARC as the new Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) medical director. Dr. Kraft practices pediatrics with Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners, P.C., where her interest is …Continue reading

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‘A Round of Good’ Annual ARC Golf Tournament Best Yet

The annual ARC golf tournament benefiting the Infant and Child Development Services of the Greater Richmond ARC has a new name: ‘A Round of Good,’ which is fitting since it also set a new record in terms of attendees and funds raised: 29 teams and $17,000. The fundraiser was held September 25 at Richmond Country …Continue reading

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ARC Receives CARF Certification

CARF (founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) announced in August 2006 that the Greater Richmond ARC has been accredited for a period of three years for its employment services in the areas of community employment, job development, job supports, job-site training, employee development services and organizational employment services. The accreditation …Continue reading

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Camp Baker ‘ Record Number of Summer Campers in 2006

A record number of summer campers attended Camp Baker in 2006. Some highlights of the ’06 summer camp season include a record number of residential and day campers at Camp Baker ‘ 429 up from 386 in summer ’05 and from 305 in summer ’04. Camp Baker also offered 2-week sessions for first time ‘ …Continue reading

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You Gotta Have Heart – ICDS Graduation 2006 

Davison Chapman, 3, gripped his walker tight and stomped his tiny feet in time to ‘We are the dinosaurs,’ a children’s song by the Laurie Berkner band. He and his mother, Blake Chapman, were singing one of his favorite tunes on a sunny Tuesday afternoon on the playground of Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond’s …Continue reading

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Ladybug Events a Success – Record $123,000 Raised  

The two spring Ladybug events ‘ a wine dinner held Sunday, March 19th at Old Original Bookbinder’s Restaurant and the Ladybug Winetasting & Silent Auction held at Plant Zero on May 13th ‘ raised more than $123,000. The silent auction, directed by ARC Board Member Don Stevens, brought in just over $28,000, more than double …Continue reading

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“Moms mean business.” (Times-Dispatch)  

Times-Dispatch Business columnist Bob Rayner covers ARCspace ’06 champion Brendan Gwaltney Fleming, president of Gwaltney Fleming, Inc. Her interior architectural firm was named in the April 2006 issue of Working Mother magazine as one of the Top 25 best places in the U.S. to work. Download PDF – RTD_GFI_MOM.pdf

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Record Number of Guests Attend Ladybug ’06 Wine Dinner 

On Sunday, March 19th, the Ladybug Fund wine dinner was held at Old Original Bookbinder’s Restaurant. A record 178 guest attended this year’s dinner, the first of two annual Ladybug fundraising events held each March and May. Dr. Joe & April Niamtu, ARC parents and newly-named honorary ARC spokespeople, presented the first annual Ladybug Award …Continue reading

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“ARC’s voice to be couple who’ve been ‘in trenches’ ” (Times-Dispatch) 

Times-Dispatch Business columnist Bob Rayner covers Dr. Joe & April Niamtu, ARC parents, long-time ARC advocates, and now honorary ARC spokespeople. Download PDF – RTD_Niamtus.pdf

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Dr. Joe and April Niamtu Selected as Honorary ARC Spokescouple 

Joe and April Niamtu, longtime ARC advocates and parents of ICDS graduates Joey and Evan Niamtu, were named as honorary ARC spokespeople at the annual Ladybug Fund wine dinner held at the Old Original Bookbinder’s Restaurant on Sunday March 19th. The Niamtus will appear in an ARC TV commercial that will begin airing In April …Continue reading

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ARCspace ’06

Gwaltney Fleming, a Richmond architectural, design and general contracting firm, will renovate at no cost key areas of the Greater Richmond ARC’s headquarters on Westwood Avenue. These include the organization’s lobby and Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) offices. In particular, ARC is interested in updating its ICDS offices to provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere …Continue reading

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Write ON — Right Away! 

>The ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) is currently offering “Write On! Right Away”, an eight-week program that teaches handwriting skills to children from pre-Kindergarten through the 5th grade. Using the popular program, Handwriting Without Tears, children participate in a weekly 1 ½ hour group session. The program is adapted for each child according …Continue reading

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“Special woman aids those with special needs.” (Times-Dispatch) 

Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro columnist Mark Holmberg covers Geraladine Byrd Story, longtime ARC Board member and advocate and now a Richmond YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year award recipient. Download PDF – RTD_MrsStory.pdf

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ARC Honors Manchester Moose Lodge

The Greater Richmond ARC honored the Loyal Order of The Moose, Richmond-Manchester Lodge #699, during a ceremony at the Lodge’s February meeting. The Richmond-Manchester Moose Lodge #699 donated a total of $8,700 to ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield County in 2005, mostly through Bingo proceeds. Pat Robson, ARC Board member, presented the award after giving …Continue reading

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YWCA Announces 2006 Outstanding Women Awards Recipients

Richmond, VA ‘ February 21, 2006 ‘ Ten area women have been selected as the 2006 Outstanding Women by the YWCA of Richmond. This year’s winners are Jo B. Kennedy, Paula Paster Gulak, Nancy Wright Beasley, Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, Delores L. McQuinn, Aradhana Bela Sood, M.D., Lynne B. Hughes, Anne B. Holton, Martha Franck …Continue reading

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ARC After School Kids Volunteer at Richmond SPCA 

In late 2005 the ARC Westwood Avenue After School staff began calling various nonprofit organizations in the Richmond area to determine the viability of volunteer opportunities for the older children in our program. They soon discovered one of the best places the children could help others also happened to be right around the corner: the …Continue reading

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“It’s a new sense of direction.” (Times-Dispatch)  

Times-Dispatch Business writer Carol Hazard covers ARCspace ’06, an extreme makeover pro bono project headed by award-winning interior architectural firm Gwaltney Fleming, Inc. Download PDF – RTD_ARC_ICDS.pdf

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS 

RICHMOND, VA ” Virginia House of Delegates Republicans today committed to improving mental health services by continuing their efforts to restructure the delivery of mental health services. Key components of this restructuring include support of funding the replacement of four aging and obsolete facilities that provide services to citizens under the Department of Mental Health, …Continue reading

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Ladybug ’06 Events 

For the sixth year, the Greater Richmond ARC, in partnership with Featured Wineries, Select Restaurants and Community Sponsors, is raising funds to help young children with developmental disabilities and delays to achieve to their fullest potential. Together, we can make sure that Ladybug Fund scholarships area available for ANY family who needs ARC’s Infant and …Continue reading

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ARC Employees Honored with Flag Detail at DSCR 

Jacqueline Allen and Pamela Linsey, two Greater Richmond ARC crew leaders working at the Defense Supply Center-Richmond (DSCR), were recently invited to perform the honors of raising and lowering the American flag each day at the large military base in Chesterfield County. Previously, the flag had been raised at 5:00 each morning, but base officials …Continue reading

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ARC, Zeta Tau Alpha and Trinity United Methodist Church host Angel Tree Party for ICDS  

The Greater Richmond ARC and Trinity United Methodist Church hosted a holiday party for children in ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program at the Church located at 903 Forest Avenue on Tuesday, December 13th. This year’s party was particularly exciting because of the amount of donations collected: over 300 new books and $170 …Continue reading

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ARC Receives Gift, Honors Long-time Camp Baker Supporters   

The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Ireton Council #6189, is recognized at Camp Baker holiday party. A very deserving organization was honored at the annual Camp Baker holiday party Monday, December 12, 2005. The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Ireton Council #6189 recently built on their long standing relationship with the Greater Richmond ARC through significant contributions …Continue reading

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GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES RECORD INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM 

$500 million initiative builds on efforts to boost community-based & institutional care Governor Mark R. Warner announced Tuesday, December 6, proposals that will take the next significant steps to help Virginians seeking treatment in the Commonwealth’s mental health and mental retardation care system. The initiative begins long overdue improvements to the state’s system of residential …Continue reading

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Buiness Profile: Marshall Butler (Times-Dispatch)

Marshall Butler, longtime head of The Greater Richmond ARC, discusses how his 27-year tenure as ARC president has taught him to run ARC like a for-profit business so that the organization can continue to grow. Download PDF – RTD_ARC_MBprof.pdf

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Civitan Bracelet Project 

Civitan Vocational Services has undertaken a “down time” jewelry-making project that is proving to be not only rewarding for program participants, but potentially profitable. In between paying Civitan contract projects, program participants are stringing multi-colored beads and sterling silver blocks bearing various letter combinations to make a beautiful customized bracelets and necklaces for men and …Continue reading

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Second Year of Emergency Respite Program 

Camp Baker’s Emergency Respite Program enters its second year serving children and adults who are in immediate need of respite care. 27 children and adults have been served in 2005 as of October 1. Dozens of individuals with disabilities have used Camp Baker for respite when their parents or caregivers have needed us in emergency …Continue reading

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Old ARC Computers Find New Homes 

Thrirteen ARC personal computers and monitors, recently retired from service after an IT upgrade, were donated to Potter’s Digital Wheel, an outreach ministry of Sherbourne United Methodist Church in Chesterfield County. Cindy Ray, a spokesperson for Potter’s Digital Wheel, was thrilled with the donation. “We have already found homes for five of the thirteen computers …Continue reading

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RICHMOND INNOVATORS: “What is The Greater Richmond ARC?” (Work Magazine)  

Columnist Dave Clinger explores what — and who — The Greater Richomnd ARC really is, and how it differentiates itself from other service organizations. Download PDF – ARC_WorkMagazine.pdf

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Forward, MarcH!

The Greater Richmond ARC literally took their winning contest slogan “Always Responding with Compassion” to the streets on Saturday, October 1 in Richmond.The Richmond ARC chapter joined other statewide groups in a march from Mayo Island to the State Capitol grounds to publicize the need for additional funds for those with mental retardation and other …Continue reading

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Summer Campers Benefit from Community Support 

The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Ireton Council recently built on their long standing relationship with ARC through its significant contributions to Camp Baker. Grand Knight Gene Zimmerman says the Knights raise their funds through Bingo games, organized by club member Bobby Brodzinski. “We really depend on this organization and others, like the Manchester-Richmond Moose Lodge. …Continue reading

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Record Number of Teams Play in Annual Golf Tourney 

The Sixth Annual Greater Richmond ARC Golf Tournament benefiting the Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program was held at Richmond Country Club in Manakin-Sabot. The weather was perfect for a fall golf outing and players were enjoyed a day of friendly competition and fun. A record 29 teams participated with a number of corporate …Continue reading

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Camp Baker’s 45th Session a Success

Campers from around Virginia enjoyed the 45th session of summer camp held at Camp Baker in Chesterfield County. The 2005 session was highlighted by fun-filled, rewarding camp activities and good times were enjoyed by 386 campers of all ages. Pool time during hot summer days remained a favorite activity for campers. None of the Wednesday …Continue reading

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Kraft Foods Award 

New in 2005, a employee committee of Kraft Foods selected Camp Baker as the recipient of a Kraft Cares Grant. The grant, which supported the Camp’s summer food program, was awarded to promote a healthy lifestyle for campers. Said Kraft spokesman Larry Campbell, “At Kraft, we believe we have the responsibility and the commitment to …Continue reading

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NISH Award ‘ Raymond Hall Honored 

Raymond Hall, Chief of Installation Management/Chief Engineer at the Defense Supply Center-Richmond (DSCR), was selected for a National Industries for the Severely Disabled (NISH)-East Region “Outstanding JWOD Service Award-2005.” The award was presented to Ray by William Smith (NISH East Region) and Marshall Butler, President of The Greater Richmond ARC and staff on July 11, …Continue reading

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ARC’s About Compassionate Responses

The Times-Dispatch covers the end of a very successful contest designed to raise awareness of the Greater Richmond ARC. Richmonders were invited to submit their own “What is ARC?” entries and the results were gratifying — and compassionate. Download PDF – RTD_ARCend.pdf

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ARC’s About Compassionate Responses (Times-Dispatch)  

Times-Dispatch business columnist and writer Bob Rayner covers the successful conclusion of the “What Is ARC?” online contest, part of ARC’s public awareness campaign. During the three-week contest, ARC received approximately 150 unique entries. Rick Wilkinson of Richmond is the contest winner with “Always Responding with Compassion.” Download PDF – RTD_ARCend.pdf

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LadyBug Winetasing&Dinner 2005 

Presented by The Market at Tobacco Row, ARC’s Annual Ladybug Dinner and Winetasting raised over $100,000 for The Greater Richmond ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services’ Ladybug Fund this spring. The Fund helps pay for tuition for children who need ICDS services, but whose families have trouble paying for them. The dinner, hosted by Robert …Continue reading

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Ads Trace the ARC of a Service’s Aspirations (Times-Dispatch) 

Business columnist and writer Bob Rayner of the Richmond Times-Dispatch covers the launch of ARC’s first-ever awareness campaign designed to raise ARC’s profile in Greater Richmond. “What Is ARC?” is the campaign theme and features an online contest. Download PDF – RTD_ARC_Aware.PDF

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Ads trace the ARC of a service’s aspirations   

Times-Dispatch Business columnist Bob Rayner covers the launch of the Greater Richmond ARC’s first-ever advertising/awreness campaign. Download PDF – RTD_ARC_Aware.PDF

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Ladybug Fed (Times-Dispatch)   

The 5th Annual Greater Richmodn ARC Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction held at Tredegar Ironworks is featured in the Sunday Flair section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Flair editor Susan Boisseau. Download PDF – RTD_LadybugFed.PDF

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“Ladybug Fed” 

Times-Dispatch Flair Columnist Susan Boisseau covers the annual ARC Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction held at Tredegar Ironworks. The two spring events — a wine dinner and a winetasting and silent auction — raised more thena $100,000 for the ARC infant intervention program. Download PDF – RTD_LadybugFed.PDF

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Melvin Jackson Honored

Melvin Jackson, an employee at The Jefferson Hotel’s T.J.’s Restaurant in Richmond, was honored with an “Excellence of Service” award by the Governor’s Commission on Hospitality & Tourism at a ceremony held in March in downtown Richmond. Melvin was placed approximately 7 years ago at T.J.’s Restaurant by the Greater Richmond ARC’s Civitan Vocational Services …Continue reading

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Richmond ARC Gets New Look; Launches Awareness Campaign 

This past spring, ARC undertook two very important new projects: an identity makeover and the launch of its first-ever public awareness campaign. The new logo reflects the marketing name change from the Richmond Area ARC to The Greater Richmond ARC. We’re looking to staff, volunteers, board members and friends of ARC to tell the Greater …Continue reading

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