FORE! 2020 Bob Rose Golf Scramble - Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:30 p.m. - Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club

The 2020 Bob Rose Golf Scramble is coming soon. This year's event is the 23rd scramble, hence '23rd in 20.' This year's event is set for Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. SKY Radio 97.3 FM and celebrity namesake, Bob Rose, suggest you click on the orange button below to access the brochure for the event to learn how you can purchase a sponsorship or foursome. Golfers and volunteers will once again enjoy lunch from David's BBQ, a cookout dinner from Wahoo's, music from Mr. October DJ, and a silent auction of cool prizes after the scramble concludes.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place foursomes. We also will hand out sweet prizes to the winners of the longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin winners. The devilishly tricky No. 8 Hole at Haile will once again serve as our Hole-In-One Hole where you can get your photo taken with host Bob Rose and where you can try to win a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle from our good friends at Gainesville Harley-Davidson with a hole-in-one. This event will be limited to 100 golfers and the field is typically sold out within a month or so, so get your tickets and sponsorships today! We also need non-playing sponsors and volunteers for this year's event. You can contact Dr. Mark A. Johnson at 352-246-3516 or mjohnson@arcalachua.org for more information on the scramble, or to pay for your sponsorship with credit card. Click on the button below to go to the Bob Rose Golf Scramble event page and to see the official brochure for the event.

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Arc Client Safety Enhanced As Arc Employees Trained on Active Assailant Protocol

Arc Leadership Team members, supervisor, directors and group home managers received Active Assailant Training from certified trainer Deputy Cary Gallop with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office (ACSO). The first half of the training was devoted to learning how to spot potential assailants and how to react to protect our clients. Going through the various possible responses available to our staff in an Active Assailant scenario, Deputy Gallop shared examples of how to respond in one of three different ways: "Run" - "Hide" - "Fight." Arc employees asked a series of tough, pointed questions regarding how best to protect our clients, many of whom are not ambulatory or are not able to "run" or "walk quickly" to exit the building or group home. Deputy Gallop was very familiar with institutions, buildings and homes like The Arc's, and was able to discuss how best to protect the safety of our vulnerable clients.

The second part of the training included a variety of Active Shooter scenarios, played out for Arc staff. Arc employees had the opportunity to respond to shooter scenarios using responses from passive to aggressive. The more passive responses included evacuation of the group home or building, running away from the assailant, barricading the clients in a safe office; to more aggressive techniques like grabbing at the nose or muzzle of the assailant's gun, throwing objects at the assailant to distract him, or having a crowd of folks try to jump him if all else fails. At the end of the training, all attendees were provided maps to their individually-assigned group home, department, building or campus. Each map included details of their location along with the locked, secured doors noted in red. These maps will be posted at all Arc sites/locations. Moreover, all clients and employees will conduct drills on Active Assailant procedures specific to each site from now on based on Dep. Gallop's Active Assailant training.

Together with help from Deputy Gallop and the ACSO, The Arc of Alachua County is making all of its locations, buildings, homes and campuses, safer places for clients, employees, families, friends, and visitors. The Arc's Leadership Team is committed to making The Arc a safe environment for everyone. The Arc will ensure that, if we are ever in need of deploying this training, we are ready to use it and use it effectively in a way that best safeguards the safety and well-being of our clients and employees.

Hear Arc Executive Director Mark A. Swain on WSKY (97.3 FM) and WKTK (98.5 FM) Radio

Arc-2-Work is the Arc of Alachua County’s unique grant-funded project giving high-school students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities workplace skills, volunteer opportunities and integrated community work experiences. Arc-2-Work is free for all participants and runs year long, with open enrollment. Please contact Arc-2-Work by calling 352-334-4060 and asking for Kim Johnson or the Arc-2-Work Program. Enroll today!

Click on the button below to hear Mark's radio spot, playing now on WSKY 97.3 FM and WKTK 98.5 FM.

Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event Shines

The smiles on the faces of Representative Clovis Watson, Jr. and Mark A. Swain (above) were replicated on the 150 Arc employees, clients, guests and 'Friends of Arc' in attendance at the October 30th Arc Annual Meeting. Rep. Watson provided an inspiring oration focused on the principles he learned from family, friends and mentors growing up in Alachua and from his experiences in his 35 years of public service. He urged our clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn self-reliance, independence and determination. He also emphasized the importance of education, love, personal responsibility and dreaming. After a standing ovation for Rep. Watson's Keynote Address, Arc Executive Director Mark A. Swain and President of the Arc Board of Directors, Stephen Tanner, led the audience through a brief annual meeting highlighted by an impassioned plea from Mark to meet the challenges coming in the months and years ahead to better integrate people with I/DD into the community. He also asked that all 'Friends of Arc' lobby the State of Florida legislature for a rate increase so that The Arc of Alachua County can increase the pay for Direct Support Professionals (DSP's) in our Day Programs this year.

Mark Johnson than announced our Volunteer of the Year, Kandy Penner. Kandy spent nearly 1,000 hours assisting Mark A. Swain and a myriad of Arc staff members in improving our internal Person-Centered Planning processes. Kandy was the first of many outstanding 'performers' that were honored at the annual meeting. Danielle Towery led our guests through the most enjoyable portion of the evening - recognizing outstanding employees and clients. Some of these noteworthy individual award winners included:

The Arc wants to thank Rep. Clovis Watson, Jr., The Village Retirement Community, Renaissance Printing, Jasmine Green, and the wonderfully generous sponsors who made this fantastic event possible:

2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble Breaks All Records

Thanks to 100 golfers, 40 sponsors and vendors, 36 volunteers and some absolutely gorgeous weather, The Arc of Alachua County broke all fundraising records at the April 12th Bob Rose Golf Scramble. The day broke warm and clear, and golfers enjoyed a great afternoon of golf at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club for what was the 18th installment of the Bob Rose Golf scramble. We thank all of the golfers, donors, sponsors, vendors, and friends who made this the best scramble ever in Arc history. Proceeds from the scramble directly benefit the developmentally disabled and provide them community activities, and better programs and services. The event also was covered by My CBS Channel 4 News on the day of the event, and on the Channel 4 website. The Arc congratulate the team from ABA Associates for winning the scramble with a total team score of 49 (23 strokes under par). Congratulations to Sam Lister, Mark Lister, Drew Chalifoux, and Craig Tomlinson for their outstanding play. It was truly an incredible day for the Arc, our clients, our mission and our community. The Arc says "Thank You."

We thank our sponsors, vendors and donors for supporting The Arc and the 2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble:

Event Host - Bob Rose

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Hot Times & New Friends Headline 2019 Annual Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience Friendship Visit

The Arc of Alachua County hosted over 30 bicyclists at the annual Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience Friendship Visit on Wednesday, May 22nd at its main campus. College-aged students representing Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity from colleges and universities across the U.S., annually traverse the State of Florida from Miami to Tallahassee (900 miles total) raising awareness of, and money for, people with disabilities, including developmental disabilities. One of the biggest stops on their annual tour is the one at The Arc in Gainesville.

The annual Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit began with a 'bang' as the bicyclists were escorted onto The Arc's campus by Santa Fe College Police escort. Although the 'heat was on' that day with temperatures in the mid-90's, the cyclists were welcomed onto our campus to huge cheers. The bikers signed autographs for Arc clients and joined Arc clients and staff members for a wonderful lunch provided by Dos Mamas Catering, a dance to music from Mr. October DJ, and the traditional group photo at the end of the event. Many members of the Arc Family made new friendships with the bikers (see the photo). Local media representatives from My CBS Channel 4 News & WCJB TV 20 News were on hand to report on the fantastic event, and ran stories on it that evening and the following day.

The Arc thanks Keith Sporleder, Logistics Coordinator, and Patrick Carlson, Project Manager, from Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience for flawless planning and coordination of the visit. We thank also Gainesville Health & Fitness Center and Trinity United Methodist Church for their long-time support of this event and the bikers.

And a very special note of gratitude to our very generous and loving event sponsors, John & Sheila Spence.

The Arc of Alachua County’s LiveScan Fingerprinting, Screening & Photo Capture Service is Open For Business!

The Arc of Alachua County offers LiveScan digital fingerprinting services, screening, and photo capture services each workweek, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need fingerprinting done fast, local, and at a reasonable cost, please call The Arc at 352-334-4060 ext. 100 to schedule an appointment.

All requirements met for:

  • Agency for Healthcare Information (AHCA)
  • The Department of Children & Families (DCF)
  • The Clearing House for AHCA
  • Volunteer & Employee Background Service (VECHS)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
  • Local School System
  • and more...

For more information about The Arc's LiveScan service, click on the LEARN MORE button below.

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Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

ARC Shredding

We Shred!

Did you know that The Arc shreds? We will shred your confidential documents and personal papers in our Gone4Ever Shredding Program.

The Arc charges $0.32 per pound for its shredding service. The Arc's shredding service is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our main campus located across from Santa Fe College. The Arc's Gone4Ever shredding service is a certified member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

The Arc of Alachua County's shredding service makes it Gone4Ever!

Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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