As news and information regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to evolve, so does our response to the situation. This page will continue to be updated as new information is available.

Program Updates: May 28, 2020

Warson Office

The St. Louis Arc  has closed the St. Louis Arc Family Center at 1177 N. Warson Road to all visitors until further notice.  If anyone has an appointment, they should contact the person with whom they are scheduled to meet.

Children’s Services

No in-person services are available at this time within all Children’s Services programs, additionally ESDM classrooms are suspended at this time. The Arc is providing virtual home visits for current families only. For more information about a program you may contact:

  • Capable Kids and Families – Julia Schaffner  at 314-817-2247
  • Parents Learning Together – Cathy Hayes at 314-454-1377
  • Autism and Behavior Services – Andrea Seper-Roper at 314-817-2208
  • Therapy Services is providing virtual supports for current families dependent on individual funding source.  Inquiries regarding Therapy Services and Wait list are welcome. For more information contact Michelle Fricks at 314-810-1131.

Community Engagement (CE) and Aging with Empowerment (AWE)

The CE and AWE programs remain closed at this time. Information on reopening procedures and dates will be provided to families as soon as we are able. Limited number of staff will be on hand to answer questions, and many previously scheduled ISP meetings will still be held remotely. For more information contact Megan Favazza, Director of Community Engagement at 314-817-2219.

Family Supports

The Family Support team is available to take phone calls and answer emails to help problem solve, plan, and find additional community resources. Virtual Meet Ups, workshops, and support groups on Zoom are available for families and participants who sign up through the Meet Up St. Louis Arc Connections Group. Please contact Sharon Spurlock, Senior Director of Family Supports at (o) 314-817-2222, (c) 314-974-6022.

Launch and Bounce Forward

One-on-one sessions and group sessions are being offered virtually until further notice. Launch is also hosting virtual hang-outs for current participants. Launch is able to do intakes, virtually, for individuals interested in participating in Launch. Bounce Forward will be holding virtual events, visit the Facebook group for events. For more information contact Gabrielle Szarek, Director of Transition Services at 314-817-2255.

Leisure Services

The Leisure Team is working on virtual activities, videos, and blogs to share with participants keep Leisure program participants and R&R Campers engaged while they are unable to attend programs and camp. Please contact Rhonda Hembree at 314-486-7654 for additional information.

Residential Services

All residential services are continuing uninterrupted, with extra precautions being taken to ensure resident and staff safety.  Restricted access to visitors or guests within homes of the people we support has been implemented. These are similar to the restrictions implemented in assisted living facilities and retirement homes. For additional information, please contact Mary Anne Tolliver, Director of Senior Services and Navigator of Residential Supports at 314-817-2218. We recently updated the families of individuals we support on our response.

Supported Employment

Employment services are being offered to current participants through virtual communication supports. For questions or more information, please email the employment team or you can call 314-569-2211 to connect with someone in employment. A member of the employment management team will be available during normal business hours. All Skills to Pay the Bills classes have been cancelled until further notice.

Resources for Families

Additional resources for families have been gathered and will be updated including resources for food, education, utilities, technology, and more.

How You Can Help

Wish List

The St. Louis Arc is working diligently to continue to provide support to our participants and families. We have compiled a wish list of items needed to continue to support individuals and staff in the 32 homes in our residential program. If you can assist with any number of items on our wish list please contact Lisa Miller to schedule a drop off.

Financial Contribution

If you would like to make a cash donation in support of our efforts please visit our Donate page.

Family Resources

The St. Louis Arc is working hard to assist children and families during this time. We have gathered resources for families, including resources for food, education, utilities, technology, and more.

Many Arc programs and services are offering virtual meetings using Zoom. Zoom is a free, easy to use app that can be used on your phone or computer to talk or video conference with others. Download easy to follow instructions.

Additional Resources

The United Way has a list of available resources for St. Louis residents.

St. Louis Regional Data Alliance has organized area resources through www.stlresponse.org.

Everyone On offers resources to find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area.

ARCHS is providing a listing of resources for families with young children.

Parent Resources for Talking to Children About Covid-19

Disability Right Education & Defense Fund has provided advocacy resources.

Information and Resources About COVID-19

NAMI Guide to Mental Health and COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, MO HealthNet has decreased the amount of time that has to elapse between refills, so that individuals can have more medication on hand.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- most up-to-date information and guidance on the coronavirus

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a great resource if people need someone to talk to: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline