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: November 23, 2020
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.
Virtual supports continue to be offered to all currently enrolled Arc clients dependent on funder guidelines. Limited in person services have begun with currently enrolled Arc families. These are at the discretion of providers and in agreement with the personal comfort level of individual families. The Behavior and Autism program for children resumed with limited center based services. All direct service interactions strictly adhere to CDC and local Health Department guidelines. 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 – Theresa Strothcamp at Theresa’s number is 314-817-2258 or Andrea Seper-Roper at 314-817-2208
- For advocacy and therapy resources contact Michelle Fricks at 314-810-1131.
Community Engagement (CE) and Aging with Empowerment (AWE)
The CE and AWE programs are beginning a slow reopen process. A limited number of individuals will be served at any given time. Individuals, their families, and caregivers will be contacted individually to discuss the appropriate re-entry plan for each person. For more information contact the site coordinator or Megan Favazza, Director of Community Engagement at 314-817-2219.
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 view the Calendar of Events for more information. 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 and Launch in the City are 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.
All outside activities are live and in person with new procedures and protocols in place to ensure participant safety. All indoor programs have been converted to virtual Zoom activities. With the exception of Bowling, Arc Escapes and Family fun night. These programs are cancelled until further notice. R&R camp is virtual this fall and will convert to in person tentatively in January 2021. Please contact Rhonda Hembree at 314-486-7654 for additional information.
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.
Employment Services is currently providing in person services and virtual communication supports following guidelines of the CDC and restrictions put in place by each employer. 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 management team will be available during business hours. All Skills to Pay the Bills classes are open to virtual supports by emailing the employment team.
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
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.
If you would like to make a cash donation in support of our efforts please visit our Donate page.
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.
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
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