It is a distinct honor to reflect on The Arc’s progress each year and 2018 was an exciting year to remember. This year The Arc of Centre County proudly celebrated its 65th anniversary. Honoring the legacy of those who came before us and setting our sights on The Arc’s vision for the future. The beauty of vision is that it is not limited by anniversaries or calendar years. Real growth, real development, happens in a series of spurts that continually push us forward. This year was jam packed with such growth and many reasons to celebrate. The Arc was thrilled to open a new community home, our ninth home and fifth with medical supports. We added behavioral support services laying the groundwork for more holistic person-centered programming. We assisted even more people to secure community integrated employment and we continued to expand in-home and community services to reach the unique needs of a diverse population. Overall, our services grew, those we serve thrived, and The Arc’s mission was celebrated.
Every year the successes of our agency is directly linked to the hard-work of so many individuals- employees, volunteers, board members, family, friends and most importantly, people we serve. In 2018 we challenged each other- not only to think about where we are today but- to think about where we wanted to be. And then to do something about it. Inspired by the needs of those we serve, motivated by their potential and using one of my favorite quotes as inspiration, “A year from now you’ll wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb, instead of putting off until tomorrow what we could start today, we have jumped in with both feet. This past year, more than ever before, our successes, challenges, and vision are leading us to even better things in 2019.
I would be remiss to close without again thanking those we serve for the privilege to support them and advocate for them in their homes and in their community. We celebrate all of those who have built the foundation of our agency over the last 65 years; we are grateful for all of those who have joined us on this journey. Stay tuned- 2019 promises to bring some amazing changes!