2017 was a year full of hard fought victories; it was a year jam-packed with change and a year which will overflow into 2018 with infinite new possibilities. At the start of 2017, we were on the precipice of systematic changes- new services definitions, modified reimbursement methodology, and a handful of sweeping system-wide changes. As we exit 2017, we are well on our way to more inclusive and integrated service models which will enhance the quality of life for those we serve. Along this road we have been led by amazing board members, volunteers, advocates, individuals and employees and we will be forever grateful for their lasting contributions.
At the heart of The Arc’s mission is vision is the promotion of integrated and person-centered services and to that end, 2017 was remarkable. With the expansion of services definitions, the Nittany Employment Services’ Career Discovery program finally saw recognition of the specialized service and enhanced funding from both ODP and OVR. Our Home and Community Services have continued to grow and expand; The Arc now provides more than 700 hours of specialized and traditional services each week in our communities. And on the horizon will be the opening our ninth community home in Residential Services slated for the spring of 2018. Our efforts to promote The Arc’s mission will continue as we work to expand our reach and enable more of those we serve to live a more independent like in their home and their communities.
All in all, none of The Arc’s endeavors would have been possible without the vision of our dedicated Board of Directors; we thank each of them for their contributions to our agency this year. The year was full of opportunities for socialization and camaraderie among those we serve from the summer picnic to karaoke, sporting events and more. We have continued to expand and transform programs and events to meet the needs of those we serve; we remain steadfast in our commitment to serving more of those in our community in desperate need of person-centered services to meet their unique needs. It is their efforts that has solidified The Arc’s Mom Prom as our signature fund raising event and we are thrilled with the success of the event has achieve in a few short years.
We thank those we serve for the privilege of being part of their journey and we look forward to seeing all of you on our journey into The Arc’s 65th year! Feel free to contact our agency with questions about how you can be a part of the next 65 years!