Jump Start 2023

As a new year begins, many people look for opportunities to try new things, expand their networks, or develop new skills. The St. Louis Arc has many programs available to support people with disabilities and their families, and several still have openings. Families and Individuals ARCH In-home Residential Support St. Louis Arcs ARCH program (Assistance…

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Connecting Through A Different Lens

Four years ago, a casual conversation about the power of photography sparked a unique community connection. Beth Moeller, Director of Community Living, and a member of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, were discussing how photography can give people another way of communicating. A collaboration began that provided individuals with autism or learning…

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Giving Tree 2022

Each year families who participate in our Capable Kids and Family (CKF) and Parents Learning Together (PLT) programs receive holiday gifts as part of the annual St. Louis Arc Giving Tree. As we approach the holiday season, the Arc partners with businesses and individuals in the St. Louis community who buy gifts off a childs…

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Community Connection with Support 

When Lucia began receiving services from the St. Louis Arc eight years ago, her goal was to move out of her parents home. The thought of finding a roommate, paying rent, and managing utilities seemed overwhelming at the time. However, through building her community connections, she has been successful! Today, Lucia and her new husband…

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Success with Employment Services

Each October, the St. Louis Arc recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month(NDEAM). This nationalcampaign raisesawarenessaboutdisability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of Americas workers withdisabilities. The Employment Services team at the Arc support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their employment goals. Meet Noah Noah began his employment journey with…

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Community Connection Through Dance

For more than thirty years, Mike P. has been attending the St. Louis Arc Club South Dance. What started as a fun activity to do on Friday nights, has transformed into friendships, purpose, and ongoing community connection. In the beginning, Mike was an observer at the dances. He listened to the band, and watched others…

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Family Navigators

Withhundreds of privateandstate programssupporting more than 4,000 individuals and families, navigating the vast world of supports at the St. Louis Arc can be overwhelming.Additionally, as individualsdevelop and age, so may their needs and interests.The Arc strives to assist people in finding the right resources, whether offered internally orexternally.The Arc has identified several key staff rolesto…

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Honoring FASD Awareness Month

The St. Louis Arc kicked off International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) month with an information session on the effects of alcohol on pregnancy. September 9 is recognized as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD Awareness Day. This day, the 9th¯day of the 9th¯month, symbolizes the 9-months of pregnancy that a woman should remain alcohol free….

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Strategic Plan 2023-2026

What is Strategic Planning Strategic planning is a process used by nonprofit agencies, businesses, and organizations, which empowers agencies to review and evaluate programs while planning for the future. The process provides an opportunity to reassess services and ensure that an agency is doing their best to fulfill their mission. Every four years, the St….

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Community Connection Through Dinner

For the past 10 years, the Adults with Aspergers support group has met monthly to build community and connection. Each month, the group meets at a local restaurant or a members home to engage with each other, meet new friends, and explore their community. Throughout the groups existence, they have created a space that provides…