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…

yoga

Awake, Aware, Alive

Your day has begun and out of nowhere something happens that causes you stress. It could be unexpected traffic or maybe you spill coffee on your clothes. It could be something more serious like an accident that triggers your anxiety. How do you react? What do you do to calm down in that moment? This…

working-at-potbelly

Preparing for Employment

Sharon’s Tips & Tools To recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Support, shares how to use the Life and Employment Guide from Charting the LifeCourse. The LifeCourse tools help individuals and family members clarify their vision of a great future. In this video, Sharon explains how individuals can explore incorporating…

participant and the Towel Man

Achieving Outcomes Together

Like much of St. Louis, the participants and staff at the Arc followed the St. Louis Blues on their journey to their first Stanley Cup win. The Community Engagement (CE) team in particular is known to have several die-hard fans among them. As the Blues began pre-season play this week, 160 of the Arc’s staff…

Wear Your Red Shoes

For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) Awareness  in September, the St. Louis Arc, along with NOFAS-Missouri are teaming up to bring the Red Shoes Rock campaign to the Show-Me State! What is Red Shoes Rock? On Monday, September 9 we encourage people to wear red shoes to show support for FASD Awareness Day. On September…

St. Louis Arc Young Friends

Join the Fun

Make A Difference, Have Fun There are many reasons why people choose to give their time and volunteer for an organization. From students fulfilling volunteer hours to retirees looking to stay connected, volunteers have one thing in common – they want to make a difference. The Arc provides year-round volunteer opportunities to have fun and…

Back to School Tips and Tools

The Arc continues to share valuable resources from the Charting the LifeCourse framework. These resources can be used by anyone to think about what their good life would look like and to plan for the future. In this edition of Sharon’s Tips and Tools, Sharon Spurlock talks with a few young adults who were active…