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 long way to go.
My brother John passed away in 2006, but years before was a participant at the Greater Richmond ARC. His positive experience with the organization and their program led to a long association for me and my family. As a youngster I volunteered, and then later served on the Board of Directors. Read the full story>>
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 full article here >>
It thrills me to see my daughter productive and content. When I mention her success at TOC, I'm often asked, to my surprise, who pays for all of this. Federal block grants go to the states, the kind of funding tax-averse politicians and their constituents rail against. The Federal money they claim is wasted on "welfare moochers" is spent on support services for children or the aged, for people with mental health, intellectual, or physical disabilities.
But these days my pleasure at seeing Rachel at work is tinged with anxiety. This kind of supported worksite is being phased out in every state. If TOC is shuttered, she will lose her job, her community, and all the steadiness and satisfaction she has found since she's begun to work here. Read more >>
ARC provides a similar workshop environment as one employment option for people with disabilities. You can see our Westwood facility and learn more about ARC Employment Services in this short video.
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.
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 year DRS helped ARC provide training and employment for our program participants through a grant and an order to convert closed client files to digital image.
Marshall Butler, ARC president, said of the award, "The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services has long been a valued partner of the Greater Richmond ARC, and we were especially proud to have presented DRS our first annual ARC Industrial Services "Champions Award" at our fall banquet held at the ARCenter in October 2010. The employment partnership and long standing relationship with DRS is vital to developing creative employment opportunities in our community."