The Arc of McLennan County newsletter

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Fall 2013                      
A Message from the Executive Director:

Welcome to the first edition of our new electronic newsletter. We want to stay in touch! You may continue to receive the newsletter via email, or if you prefer, the newsletter will be posted on our new website,

Speaking of new, we are making plans to open the new Opportunity Center in early 2014 in our building at 1825 Morrow Avenue. The Opportunity Center will be a day program for adults on the autism spectrum that fosters social, artistic, vocational, volunteer, and entrepreneurial development. The Center will work with adults on the spectrum year-round to meet their social needs and to develop their social skills, provide artistic mentoring that can lead to the creation of their own small business, and provide vocational training that can lead to employment or volunteer opportunities in the community. There is currently no other program in the Waco area that focuses on developing the unique skills of these adults. So we are excited about the Opportunity Center, and what it can mean for adults on the autism spectrum!

We are currently developing an interest list of persons for potential enrollment in the program. If you would like to place someone’s name on the list or want additional details about the Opportunity Center, please send me an email,, or give me a call at 756-7491. I look forward to hearing from you, and to the difference the Center will make in the life of these adults and in the life of our community.

-Tom Pearson


We have 2 new staff members! Erin Flood has joined Ovida Williams in the office. Ovida will now be working in the morning, and Erin will be working in the afternoon. We also have welcomed Melinda Vorderkunz as our new program director.

We have a new website! Please visit our new website at and see all of the new features available online. From our website you can now:

  • make a donation
  • print enrollment forms 
  • print employee application
  • print volunteer application
  • view our up to date calendar
  • email staff/director
  • subscribe to the newsletter


We have a new newsletter! We are making the move to go paperless and now have an electronic newsletter.  If you know anyone who would like to receive our newsletter please have them join our mailing list on the website.

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Austin Avenue United Methodist Church
Dr. Leland B. Baskin
Sylvia Bay
Paul and Sylvia Campbell
James Clifton
Tom and Martha Clowe
Critters Exotic Pets
Cougars in Action
Different Knot Less
     Bell Creamery
Norman Hay Jr.
Ken Holle
HOT Autism Network
Chet Howell
Insurers of Texas
Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Key,Jr.
Margaret Key
Eric Lai
Mars-North America
Brent and Cindy Mattson
Eddie and Sharron Odom
Ed Passalugo
Erin Pearson
Greg Salome
Susan Schafer
Carla Sessions
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stewart
Krispen Thielepape
Valero Energy Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Waco Legal Professional Association





Latricia and Aaron Burks
Yessica Dominguez
George and Elaine Elliot
Kathy Falor
Terri and Russ Garrett
Chaney Hall
Pam Kellough
Judith and Gabriel Lopez
Maria Luna
Patience Mbanyam
Betsy Ramirez
Janet Robinson

Friend of The Arc:
William and Beverly Gaventa
Cindy and Leon Jackson



In Memory of:
Robert Hagar
     William L. Clifton, Jr.
     Marilyn Coffee
     Theresa Drager
      Michael and Julie Harper
     Donald and Vondel Schaeper
Mae Dell Hawkins
     Ovida Williams
Frank Karaffa
      Vivian Lynn Dobbs
      Elva Jean Hastings
      Mark and Victoria Hays
      Robbie Lamkin
      Paul and Margaret Mathews
      Ray, Jeanetta, and Mark Neuman
      Gwynn Range
      Gerry Reierson
      David and BobAnne Senter
      Charles and Joyce Symank
      David Vardeman
      Marcy Worsham
Jimmy Matus
      Jim and Mary Chase
Dr. Bradley Miller
       Darlene and Jerry Caddell
       Charles and Ann Cook
       Judy Ducharme
       Lucy Edwards
       Nancy and Fred Gehlbach
       Jeanne P. Nowlin
       Darrell Slette and Donna Spence
Mrs. Gordon Rountree, Sr.
       Martha Appell
       Elaine and George Elliot
Alton Pearson
       Barbara Johnston
       Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Key, Jr.
       Kim Stanford
       Ovida Williams
The Arc Website
The Arc Website
    A United Way Agency


8th- Sewing Class 10am
15th- Self Advocate Meeting 6-7pm
22nd-  The Arc Board Meeting
29th-  Best Buddies 5:30pm


12th- Sewing Class 10am
14th- Best Buddies 5:30
19th-  Self Advocate Meeting 6-7pm
26th- The Arc Board Meeting 5:30pm


10th- Sewing Class 10am
10th-The Arc Annual Meeting 6:30
17th- Self Advocate Meeting 6-7pm


January 13th 2014: Arc of Texas Community Feedback 6-8pm

March 1st 2014: Boots on the Brazos


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