Launch in the City

In 2019 the St. Louis Arc launched Next, a new area of services that provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. Understanding that not everyone needs the same level of support, these programs support individuals as they navigate what is next in various aspects of their lives. Individuals choose the areas…

Parks and Recreation Month

The Leisure Services team has been hard at work continuing to provide services to keep participants and families socially involved and engaged via virtual supports. As we celebrate Parks and Recreation Month this year, we are experiencing many things a little differently. Now, more than ever, we see the need to get out and play!…

A Virtual Summer

As summer kicks off amidst a pandemic, the St. Louis Arc staff and participants are finding new ways to stay connected and involved in the Arc’s summer programs. From teen programs to cooking classes, the Leisure staff have found ways to continue to provide educational and socialization opportunities, while still having fun. Cook In Your…

Working on Goals

Throughout the pandemic, the St. Louis Arc has been committed to providing quality supports to individuals in the safest way possible for all involved. For most of the St. Louis Arc’s programs, individuals identify goals or outcomes to work toward while they participate in a specific program. These goals are based on a participant’s desire…

Family Support in a Time of Need

The Arc’s Family Support team is committed to connecting families with resources and providing opportunities for support and growth. Not even a pandemic could stop them from being a support system for the many families throughout the Arc community. From talking to overwhelmed family members to offering virtual workshops and support groups, the Arc is…

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Maintaining Skills and Routines

As stay-at-home orders began in the middle of March, it was challenging to transition to a life at home. We had routines – school, work, social activities – and those routines were uprooted in an instant. For many of the people the St. Louis Arc supports, a routine is extremely important. As everyone struggled to…

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Supporting Children and Families

The St. Louis Arc provides a variety of supports to children and families throughout the area. Children are supported through therapy in the home or in childcare centers, vital developmental equipment is provided to families of young children, and key parenting skills are taught and improved upon. Over the past two months, as the agency…

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Quality Supports During A Pandemic

We Have Adapted As St. Louis City and County began to implement social distancing measures and issued stay-at-home orders, the St. Louis Arc had to adapt quickly. Like many organizations, the Arc had to make difficult and immediate decisions to cancel and postpone programs. However, despite a global pandemic, the supports the Arc provides to…

Staying Healthy

The St. Louis Arc’s Director of Nutrition Services, Katharine Rug, shares tips to help us stay healthy through the month of April. March was quite a month, filled with new challenges and changes for many of us. Though National Nutrition Month took a bit of a backseat in March, I would like to take the…

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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…