The Arc of McLennan County newsletter

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Fall 2018
A Message from the Executive Director:

     We had a very successful summer camp for 42 campers under the direction of Brandy Abel-Clark, The Arc's new Program Director.  I want to thank Brandy and her staff for a job well done in providing a fun-filled summer experience for the kids.  Also, special thanks to Doreen Ravenscroft and her staff from Waco Cultural Arts for providing art opportunities for the campers and for the outstanding art exhibit at the conclusion of camp.
    I also want to thank the many donors who helped underwrite the costs of camp to keep the the cost of camp affordable for families.  In particular, I want to thank Brent and Cindy Mattson for their continued generosity in making this camp possible.  The Kiwanis Club of Waco designated the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to help fund camp;
thank you Kiwanians.  The Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative also provided funding through their Operation Roundup Program.
    Several groups and individuals provided camp scholarships to help families who needed a hand up in order to send their child to camp.  The Heart of Texas Autism Network, the Area Agency on Aging, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, Clay and Jan Hood, and Kandy Money all helped with scholarships.
     As you can see, it takes a lot of partners working together to create this wonderful camp for some great kids! 
Thank you!
-Tom Pearson
After School Program
The Arc's After School Program started on August 21st and will be open until the end of May 2019.  The hours of operation are 3:15 - 5:30 p.m. each school day.  We now serve Waco and Midway ISD.  Cost is $50.00 per week.  Please call our office at 756-7491 if you know of someone who is interested in sending their child to our After School Program.
Self  Advocates
   A group from the Heart of Texas Self Advocates, along with 3 chaperones, attended the annual Texas Advocates Conference held in Grapevine this year.  They enjoyed fun night, Awards night and the trip on The Arc's bus driven by our director, Tom Pearson.
    Our Self Advocate group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church.  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, aged 21 and up, are welcome.
   Special Thanks to:  Natasha James, RN, with PALS Home Health LLC for coming in August and speaking to our group about home health services.  Also James Embry and Sheila Cervenka with the City of Waco Solid Waste Services spoke to our group in September about recycling.

The Opportunity Center
    The Opportunity Center, a Day Hab Program, is located at 1825 Morrow Avenue and is open five days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please call The Arc office at 756-7491 if you have an adult on the Autism spectrum who might benefit from this program. 
The cost is $25.00 per day, up to five (5) hours,
Monday thru Friday, with the exception of holidays. 

16 pieces of Short Bread...............$10.00
 32 pieces of Short Bread...............$20.00
Molded Bird Feeders.....................$1.00
  Neck and Shoulder Warmers.........$20.00
   Custom Pillows........................Set $20.00
   Rugged Wood Sign................$10.00 & up
 Chex Mix Assorted Flavors.....$5.00/bag -
                                       (Pick your flavor)
Wind Chimes w/custom Art Work
Custom Vases
(Prices vary on custom items)

Will welcome donations of:  buttons, fusible webbing, thread-black & white,
Velcro (no sticky back), men's ties, nail polish-assorted colors,
thumb tacks-regular (no flat)

Feel free to stop by and visit or check us out on Facebook.

Sandra Carter
Nicole Hellums
Irma Quezada
Cierra McMinn

Todd and Allison Moffatt
Adrienne Smith
Melissa and Len Sosebee

Crystal and Clint Barr
Breze Barron
Yessica Dominquez
Amanda and Philip Fields
Terri and Russ Garrett
Annie Gibbs
Alma and Francisco Gonzales
Mike and Stormy Haddix
Chaney and Wilford Hall
Jennifer Johannsen
Pam Kellough

Alice and Mark Kingston
Kirsten and Kevin Krause
Alena and Eugene Morgan
Mary Ompad
Celia Paloblanco
Mariano Perez
Jennifer Pogan
David and Glenda Poulter
Denetra Powell
Amy and Ben Rachuig
Camellia Rinehart
Crystal Robinson
Victoria and Jesus Solis
Graciela Salazar
Steve and Laura Sumrall
Henry and Lenore Wright


Brian Callan
John and Linda Hatchel
Lee and Bob Perkins
Eddie and Sharon Odom
Johnny Siepert
Stage Stores-dba Bealls
John Voss
Waco Mars Chocolate

Grant:  Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative

In Memory of:
Debra Borger
   H & A Real Estate
   Jon and Judith Maxwell


9th - Sewing Class - 10:00 a.m.
16th - Self Advocate Meeting - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
23rd - The Arc Board Meeting - 5:30 p.m.

13th - Sewing Class - 10:00 a.m.
20th - Self Advocate Meeting - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
NO ASP Program
27th - Board Meeting - 5:30 p.m.

Christmas Party
11th -
Sewing Class - 10:00 a.m.
24th thru January 7th - CHRISTMAS Holiday -
Winter Break - NO ASP Program

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