As 2018 comes to a close, we are grateful for the successes of the year. We have the privilege to celebrate with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families as they achieve goals, reach milestones, and live their best lives. We are grateful to the many generous supporters whose donations to the Arc allow us to be present for these celebrations.

Reasons to Celebrate

Last year the Seger family shared their story. The two brothers Tanner and Dominic had great success with the Capable Kids and Families program. Currently, Tanner is still using a wheelchair for long distances, but he has been walking with a walker, and recently began walking independently for up to 100 steps!  Dominic is now walking (and running) independently with no need for an adaptive device!

Chakeeta found a job with the DoubleTree Hotel St. Louis – Chesterfield with the support of the Arc’s Supported Employment team. In addition to benefits, flexible hours, and friendly co-workers, Chakeeta had the opportunity to advance within the company. Her love of learning allowed her to become a certified trainer. Supported by her job coach, Chakeeta studied and passed her certification test with DoubleTree!

Two of the Arc’s Community Residential homes received complete design overhauls by replacing worn, torn and outdated furnishings and décor. Individuals were empowered with choice and involved in everyday decision-making as they selected their furniture, requested specific, special pieces and then watched them arrive right into their living space. Franklin was especially excited, “I have wanted a new chair for so long and now I have two to choose from! I’m very happy.”

Celebrate the Season

Today, you can join us in celebrating by helping a child, an adult, or a family with your generous donation. Whether you choose the Arc as your charity of choice with Amazon Smile, you donate a used vehicle, or you make a year-end contribution, we could not provide high-quality supports to individuals in St. Louis without your support.

Thank you for giving us a reason to celebrate this season!

To discuss giving opportunities, please contact Jennifer Adams, Director of Development at 314-817-2296.

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