Donor helps im­prove residences at The Arc

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“Achieve with us,” is phrase which serves as a call to ac­tion for The Arc’s em­ploy­ees, its com­mu­nity mem­bers, and the peo­ple they sup­port. As a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­port­ing peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, The Arc has come to re­al­ize the true im­pact of peo­ple com­ing to­gether to “achieve” their mis­sion, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­de­pen­dence and per­sonal suc­cess for these in­di­vid­u­als. Re­cently, Sam Brown, a par­ent of some­one that re­ceives ser­vices at The Arc, has come to truly em­body that call to ac­tion, a news re­lease states.

Brown’s son be­gan re­ceiv­ing ser­vices through The Arc in 1996. He lives in one of The Arc’s res­i­den­tial lo­ca­tions, along with room­mates. Last year, ren­o­va­tions were needed on the home, which was built over 20 years ago. When Sam Brown learned about the ren­o­va­tions needed, he of­fered a gen­er­ous do­na­tion to as­sist in mak­ing them hap­pen. Dur­ing the course of the project, ad­di­tional re­pair needs be­came ap­par­ent and Brown stepped in and do­nated what he could to help. His con­tri­bu­tions will help to make the site more ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple with limited mo­bil­ity while also im­prov­ing a bath­room, the sewage sys­tem, and an old deck area, the re­lease states.

When asked what mo­ti­vates him to give and be so in­volved with The Arc, Sam said he feels there is a “real need in the com­mu­nity for chil­dren that grow into young adults to have a se­cure place to live” and he’d “like to help the or­ga­ni­za­tion con­tinue to grow.” He said he is mo­ti­vated to give in mem­ory of his late wife, Vicki Brown. Vicki uti­lized a wheel­chair for over 20 years, and that never stopped her from be­ing in­volved – whether in the com­mu­nity or with their son, Ben. She be­lieved that no mat­ter the chal­lenges, ev­ery­one had an abil­ity to con­trib­ute.

Re­cently, The Arc’s board rec­og­nized Brown for his gen­eros­ity and pre­sented him with a plaque which will hang in the ren­o­vated res­i­dence to memo­ri­al­ize Sam’s con­tri­bu­tion. The Arc’s res­i­den­tial pro­gram pro­vides a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment, a place to call home for peo­ple with var­i­ous in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. With a wait­ing list that con­tin­ues to grow, the pro­gram fills a real need within the com­mu­nity and con­tri­bu­tions such as Brown’s ex­pand the pro­gram’s limited re­sources, al­low­ing the pro­gram to con­tinue to grow and im­prove. The or­ga­ni­za­tion hopes Brown’s gen­eros­ity will in­spire oth­ers to find their own way to “achieve” and make a dif­fer­ence for peo­ple with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties through­out their own com­mu­ni­ties.


Terry Z. Long, CEO, left, presents Sam Brown, right, with a plaque to honor his con­tri­bu­tions to The Arc. Brown’s do­na­tions al­lowed for ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to one of The Arc’s res­i­den­tial lo­ca­tions, which is home to Brown’s son and other adults with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties.

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