particpants playing music and singing

A Celebration of Music

Creative Music Making The annual Creative Music Making (CMM) program provides a unique opportunity for individuals to come together to create music. Alongside St. Louis Symphony musicians and students from Maryville University’s music therapy program, Arc participants spend two days learning and creating music. On the third and final day, the group takes to the…

Residential Support

Helping Individuals and Families Find Their Home For more than 35 years, Mary Anne Tolliver has been supporting individuals and families in their residential goals at the St. Louis Arc. As the Director of Aging she continues to help individuals of various ages identify and achieve their vision of a good life. We recently sat…

art on the gallery wall

Ten Years of Artist in You

This past Friday, a steady stream of participants, family members, Arc staff, art lovers, and gallery patrons gathered at the Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves for the opening of “Expressions of Pure Joy”. The exhibit features art curated in the St. Louis Arc’s Artist in You program over the past year. Twenty-four individual…

volunteer and participant at bowling celebrating a win

Volunteering With the Arc

As a not-for-profit organization, the St. Louis Arc relies heavily on the support of volunteers. We are grateful to the more than 1200 individuals and groups who volunteered last year. Recently, we asked several of our volunteers to talk about their time working with people with disabilities through the St. Louis Arc. If you would…

Artist and Volunteer in class

Active in the New Year

Staying active during the winter and spring months often helps individuals keep a positive attitude, stay healthy, and maintain their social network. There is still time to register for several Leisure programs for the winter and spring season. Contact the program lead listed below to find out more information or visit the online registration page…

teen volunteering during the summer

Planning for 2020

It is difficult to think about summer with snow covering the ground, but for families with teens and young adults planning early for summer programming is important. Summer programs for individuals with disabilities have limited spaces and they fill up quickly. We invite family members to attend the Arc’s first workshop of 2020 – Summer…

Adeline

Inclusion is Powerful

Shortly after Adeline Liss was born, her parents, John and Lisa, knew Adeline needed extra support. A friend who needed similar support for their child introduced the family to Belle Children’s Services, where six-month-old Adeline received vital early childhood therapies. Though they would not receive a diagnosis for her rare chromosomal condition until she was…

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

For many years now, my family sets aside time during family gatherings for “Roses and Thorns.” This is an opportunity for everyone who wants to participate, to share all the good things in their lives – the roses, and all the struggles in their lives – the thorns. There is no judgment in these discussions,…

Relationship-Focused Nursing Care

Being a nurse is a difficult, but rewarding job. It is fast-paced, demanding, with a lot of moving parts. Being able to help individuals maintain their health and safety is what makes the challenging job worth it. At the St. Louis Arc, our amazing nursing staff works as a team to ensure the health and…

volunteers at Arctoberfest

Make A Difference

Each year, on the fourth Saturday in October, volunteers across the country participate in Make A Difference Day.  Make A Difference Day is not only one of the largest, single days of service, it is also a call to action. This past weekend volunteers answered the call by engaging with residents and families at the…