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What’s Happening

Podcasts, webinars, online meetings, Zoom scavenger hunts, virtual game nights. The current offering of programs from the St. Louis Arc not only brings about a new vocabulary but is also bringing a new or renewed interest in the agency’s events. Whether you are new to the Arc or are just having trouble maintaining your new…

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…

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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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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…