The Arc of McLennan County newsletter

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SUMMER 2015                    
A Message from the Executive Director:

Along with twenty-one other social services agencies in our community, The Arc is fortunate to receive funding from the local United Way campaign. About one-third of The Arc’s annual operating budget comes from United Way! We use the funds to help offset the costs of operating our various programs. For example, we are able to keep camp tuition affordable for families by using United Way funds to help cover the operating costs. If camp tuition had to cover all of the expenses to put on the camp each summer, rates would be so high that few could afford to attend. But thanks to the generosity of United Way, we are able to keep camp tuition rates within the reach of families.

In that regard, it has been my pleasure to meet with multiple groups of Atmos Energy employees who have been touring The Arc this summer as part of their United Way campaign. It has given me an opportunity, not only to tell them about The Arc and the people we serve, but to thank them for their generosity. Their presence has served to remind me that United Way is not just an entity or even a campaign, it is people from all walks of life coming together to pool their resources to meet the various human needs in our city and county. My thanks to the many businesses and their employees who make possible the work we do here at The Arc.

-Tom Pearson
Summer Camp

The Arc summer camp started June 15 and is flying by. We have 45 campers and 18 staff members this summer. The campers are enjoying art  3 days a week, field trips, movies, and swimming at the YMCA every Friday. On July 13, our campers participated in Athletes in Training, a special Olympics program that featured basketball, a football toss and bocce ball. It was a fun day, and all campers received a participation ribbon.

The end of camp Art Exhibit is scheduled for August 4th from 12:00pm-6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come and see the beautiful art work our campers have been working on all summer.

After School Program
We are now enrolling students in our After School Program. The Arc offers care for school-aged children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are unable to be cared for in traditional daycare settings due to the level of care they require. This state-licensed program enables working parents to pursue full-time employment. The program serves the Waco and Midway school districts from 3pm to 5:30pm each school day.

2015/2016 After School Program Enrollment Forms

2015/2016 Yearly Update Form for Students enrolled during the 2014/2015 school year.

The Opportunity Center
The Opportunity Center welcomed two new clients this past month. They are continuing to work in the pottery room, as well as learning how to write computer code. The clients are  baking shortbread and making crafts to sell. They are getting ready to begin making their Christmas items and are in need of corks, yarn, and buttons. If you would like to donate any of these items, please stop by The Opportunity Center Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 10:00am-3:00pm. The Opportunity Center is located at 1825 Morrow Avenue.

16 pieces of Short Bread...............$10.00
32 pieces of Short Bread...............$20.00
Pine Cone bird feeders....................$5.00
Bird feeder re-fill...............................$1.00
Neck and Shoulder Warmers.........$20.00
Custom Card Creations...................varies
Ceramic Wall Pockets....................$10.00
Dipped Coffee or Tea Spoon............$1.00
Rugged Wood Sign................$10.00 & up

Feel free to stop by and visit or check us out on Facebook.
Self Advocates
The Arc's Self Advocate group went to Dallas the weekend of July 24-26 to attend the 2015 Texas Advocates Conference. They kicked off the weekend by attending dinner at Medieval Times Friday night. Saturday was a day of learning with self advocate leaders and keynote speakers. The day ended with an Awards Banquet and Dance, which is always the highlight of the weekend.
left: Tom Pearson stands in front of his Jeep loaded up with luggage and snacks for the drive to Dallas.
right: The Arc of McLennan County's Self Advocates on the bus and ready for the trip to Dallas.


Members of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church
Brent and Cindy Mattson
Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
 Frito Lay
Kandy Money

Alvin and Bernice Sykora
Heart of Texas Autism Network
Kiwanis Club of Waco
Sue Strother estate

4th- Art Exhibit
12:00pm-6:00pm in The Fellowship Hall
7th- Last Day of Camp- early release at 1pm
18th- Self Advocate Meeting
at 6pm
24th- First Day of After School Program (WISD)
25th- First Day of After School Program (MISD)
25th- Board Meeting
at 5:30pm

15th- Self Advocate Meeting
at 6pm
22nd- Board Meeting
at 5:30pm
The Arc Website
The Arc Website
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