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If you have more questions or want more details on positions available at The Arc of Alachua County, please contact Shanna Wilson, Human Resources Administrator, at 352-334-4060 ext. 114 or at hr.recruitment@arcalachua.org.


'State of The Arc' Report for the Week of Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9, 2022

State of The Arc

'State of The Arc' & COVID/Day Program Alert Combined

The Arc is now including COVID and Day Program alerts and updates as part of its weekly 'State of The Arc' reports. These reports will be issued weekly (typically on a Thursday afternoon) immediately following the weekly meeting of the members of The Arc's Safety & Supervision Committee.

COVID:

The Arc continues to battle COVID successfully as demonstrated by the fact that The Arc can report that zero (0) employees are testing positive for COVID. However, two (2) Arc clients tested positive for COVID and remain in quarantine this week. Their symptoms were mild.

Given this progress, we kept our Day Program open this week. This week's COVID spread status/danger level is LOW.

Day Programs:

ince the Arc continues to have no cases of COVID among its employees and only two (2) mild cases among its clients, the Day Program will be open next week: Monday, December 12 through Friday, December 16, 2022.

DSP Shortage/Staffing Crisis:

The Arc has scheduled ten (10) new DSP hires to begin the New Employee Training session in January 2023. Moreover, The Arc has eleven (11) DSP interviews scheduled in the next few weeks. By the end of the calendar year, the number of DSP vacancies should hover around 30, a significant reduction from a high of 75 on July 1st. The Arc is making good progress on the DSP shortage front. Please note that all full time jobs - including DSP positions - come with Paid Time Off, 401K, Health Insurance and more.

Mark Johnson is running advertising on all of our job openings on The Arc website (arcalachua.org), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at a minimum of one time per week. The Arc has a new sign outside its main campus on NW 83rd St. (across from Santa Fe College) advertising DSP positions at $15/HR and we also have placed magnetized posters on all company vehicles with the same DSP Hiring message.

Summary for the week of Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9, 2022

Tremendous progress on controlling the spread of positive COVID tests among Arc employees continues with zero positive tests. However, two (2) Arc clients tested positive for COVID this week and remain in quarantine. Given this small number of COVID cases, The Arc will keep its Day Program open to group home and apartment clients next week, Monday, Dec. 12 - Friday, Dec. 16. As of this message, we have no employees and only two (2) clients testing positive for COVID.

A total of ten (10) new DSPs will begin the New Employee Training session in January 2023. Moreover, The Arc has eleven (11) DSP interviews scheduled in the next few weeks. The Arc should see its DSP vacancies reduced to approximately 30 by the end of November's training session, down from a high of 75 on July 1st. New DSP Hiring signage in front of our main campus building and magnetized signs for company vehicles are aiding our marketing to prospective employees. DSP Hiring messaging and accompanying copy is now the top priority on our website (arcalachua.org) and on all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Estimated Date for the Opening of Day Program to All Clients:

The Arc estimates that it will be able to securely and safely bring back all clients, even those living in the community, back into our Day Program in January 2023.

In an effort to facilitate the re-entry of community-based clients back into the Day Program, members of The Arc's Safety & Supervision Committee, in concert with Day Program leadership, are in the process of contacting the parents of some of our community-based clients and bringing a few of these clients back into our Day Program in recent days. This process will continue throughout the fall and winter as we look to reopen the Day Program to all clients in January 2023 (COVID & staffing-willing).


Dr. Jen Hammond named new Clinical Director at The Arc of Alachua County

The Arc of Alachua County is thrilled to announce its new Clinical Director: Dr. Jen Hammond. Dr. Hammond's name may sound familiar to some of you who have been associated with The Arc for a number of years. Jen served as a behavior analyst and clinical researcher here at The Arc from 2004-2008. She then was named Clinical Director of The Arc and served in that capacity from 2008-2009.

Since her departure from The Arc in 2009, Jen continued to do research on Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) at Stanford University's School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. She developed a line of research aimed at better understanding the gene-brain-behavior relations involved in skin-pricking, a characteristic behavior of many individuals with PWS. She was actively involved in many local, regional and national PWS Chapters during this time and published a number of peer-reviewed research articles in journals such as Developmental Disabilities, American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Brain, and Human Brain Mapping.

Dr. Jen Hammond

Jen notes that, with the passage of time, she has kept The Arc of Alachua County and its PWS population 'near-and-dear' to her heart. When she learned of The Arc's search for a Clinical Director, Dr. Hammond responded immediately. She is thrilled to return to The Arc (and we are excited to have her back) as she begins work with our behavior analysts and Arc Team members to meet the needs of our population.

She is conducting her duties as Arc Clinical Director in a hybrid remote/in-person capacity. Last week she was on-site at The Arc for several days, meeting with members of The Arc Team and a number of Arc clients. She works full-time with no caseload of her own. She focuses entirely on oversight, supervision, training, program improvement and medical services, relying heavily on the utilization of technology such as video monitoring and various meeting platforms. She meets with the members of the Behavior Services Department daily, and serves as a fully integrated member and leader of the Clinical Team.

Please see the attached letters below from Arc President/CEO Mark A. Swain and from Dr. Hammond introducing Jen as our Clinical Director.


2022 Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event Returns
to The Village on Thursday, October 20, 2022

Alan Abramowitz, CEO of The Arc of Florida, provided an impassioned speech at the 2022 Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event. He urged all guests to advocate forcefully on behalf of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

He also stressed the need to work as a team and speak one message with one voice.

Alan's rousing speech proved a clarion call for all advocates to work together to improve the lives for all people with developmental disabilities. A standing room only audience attended this annual celebration of The Arc which also announced a number of very special winners of individual awards including:

  • Direct Service Provider of the Year - Barbara Decoursey
  • Employee of the Year - Yahsika Cohen
  • Client of the Year - Robert Fish
  • Volunteer of the Year - Cathy Costello

The Arc Annual Meeting

The event could not have happened without the generous support of our event, individual award, and table sponsors:

  • Renasant Bank
  • Tom & Joan Rothrock
  • James & Mary Freeman
  • Ben E. Keith Co.
  • Ben & Bonnie Doerr
  • The Chini Family
  • James Moore
  • Assured Partners
  • Anonymous
  • Naomi Williams
  • Jamie Freeman
  • Mary K. Wimsett

The Arc thanks all of its employees, clients, volunteers, donors, families, supporters and advocates for making The Arc of Alachua County's 56th year of service a good one.

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Bob Rose Golf Scramble Serves Up Hot Golf

The weather gods shined on The Arc and the 24th Annual Bob Rose Golf Scramble as 100 golfers, 35 sponsors and vendors, and more than 38 volunteers converged on Hawkstone Golf & Country Club on Friday, April 1st (“No April Fools Day Joke!”) for The 23rd Annual Bob Rose Golf Scramble benefitting The Arc of Alachua County and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Alachua County’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Bob Rose Golf Scramble, proved that the ‘Sun Always Shines on the Bob Rose Golf Scramble.’ Despite torrential downpours on the day before and the day after April 1st, the scramble at Hawkstone served up hot temps, blue skies and great golf.

Radio celebrity Bob Rose once again lent his name to this year's event, and our premier sponsors, SKY Radio 97.3 FM and Infotech, led the way again with our other sponsors and vendors in supporting The Arc's biggest fundraiser of the year (see the sponsor banner below to see the names of our other generous benefactors).

Just a couple of points worth mentioning: no one shot a Hole-In-One at the tricky par 3 hole No. 8 (so no one went home with a new Toyota Tacoma truck from Tomlinson Motor Co.) and no one hit a Hole-in-One at the par 3 No. 13 (so no one won a new zero-radius riding mower from Florida Coast Equipment).

The winning bid on the 'Wheelbarrow of Heaven' (chock full of top shelf liquor and bottles of award-winning wines) was $700 by Darlene Dutcher of Sandvik, and Renasant Bank’s Kevin Brown won a new flatscreen TV by winning the Super Ticket drawing.

The winning score of a sizzling 49 was delivered by the foursome of JD Tomlinson, John Darr, Paul Haven and Mike Williams.

Arc Board President Cathy Costello and Arc President/CEO Mark A. Swain spoke at the end of the evening's festivities, as did Arc client Adele Elchert who thanked our golfers while celebrating her birthday with her parents, a birthday cake and the ‘Happy Birthday’ song.

All in all, it was simply a ‘perfect’ Bob Rose Golf Scramble.

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Bob Rose Golf Scramble Sponsors

A message from Arc President/CEO Mark A. Swain on the Pandemic

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, The Arc of Alachua County has as its top priority maintaining the health and safety of our clients, employees, families and friends. I know that it can be challenging and frustrating reconciling adherence to the proper mitigation strategies with communication with your loved ones. Please know that The Arc is working overtime keeping all members of our family safe and well during this difficult time. I pledge to you that we will get through this pandemic together as long as we stay united, and treat each other with dignity and respect.


The Arc's Partners from Audacy and UF’s Strong Roots Movement join Arc Clients and Employees to Plant New Garden in Main Campus Courtyard

Clients and employees of The Arc of Alachua County were joined by our very good friends at corporate partner Audacy and UF Students from the Strong Roots Movement for the planting of an herb garden in the interior courtyard at The Arc’s main campus.

Arc CEO Mark A. Swain and SKY Radio Legend & Bob Rose Golf Scramble Namesake, Bob Rose, were joined by a dozen Audacy staffers and a dozen hard-working and dedicated students from the UF Chapter of the Strong Roots Movement on Friday, April 22nd to turn our ragged inner courtyard into a gorgeous new herb garden and oasis. A number of Arc clients and employees also rolled up their sleeves to join our community partners in cleaning out the beds, weeding, planting and watering the new garden.

This new garden will be a beautiful, quiet oasis for our developmentally disabled clients and our Arc employees when at the main campus.

The Arc extends its great gratitude to Audacy and UF’s Strong Roots Movement for volunteering their great people (and sweat equity) to this service project to benefit The Arc of Alachua County.


The Arc on The Air

Hear our latest radio spot featuring CEO/President Mark Swain.


Gone4ever Shredding

ATTENTION: Due to the downturn in positive COVID-19 cases locally and at The Arc of Alachua County, and with the training of new leadership and staff to operate the Gone4Ever shredding team in light of the recent passing of Gone4Ever Supervisor Gerald Simmons, The Arc of Alachua County has begun regularly-scheduled shred pickups from our current, contracted G4E customers in Gainesville and Alachua County. All 40+ G4E customers now reside on a pickup calendar and have a specific day each month (or each quarter depending upon the frequency of pickup) upon which that organization's shredding will be picked up by our G4E shredding crew.

However, even though our Gone4Ever shredding crew is now active in the community picking up shredding from our contracted clients, The Arc's G4E shredding program still is not able to pick up shredding from residents or businesses in our community who do not currently have a contract with the Arc.

The Arc of Alachua County is pleased to announce that it is resuming its Wednesday shredding drop off at its main campus, across from Santa Fe College. Alachua County residents may, as of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, drop off their shredding from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at The Arc's main campus at 3303 NW 83rd St. The fee for shredding will be $0.32 per pound. Shredding for our friends in the community will be available only on Wednesdays each week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Arc will no longer be offering 'Free Shred Wednesdays' on the First Wednesdays of the Month, however.

Should any of our current G4E clients or any of our shredding customers require further clarification, please contact Dr. Mark A. Johnson at: mjohnson@arcalachua.org or 352-246-3516.


Gear Up Florida, The Ability Experience, Santa Fe College Police Department, Gainesville Health & Fitness and First United Methodist Church Partner with The Arc to produce a 'perfect' Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit

May 24th saw 25 bicyclists representing colleges and universities throughout the U.S. being escorted onto The Arc's main campus by Santa Fe College police officers as part of the 2022 Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit. This 'client-favorite' event brings together Arc clients, Arc employees, visitors and community VIPs for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun. The Gainesville stop was just one of many for these bicyclists traveling over 1,000 miles from Homestead to Tallahassee in the hot month of May to help raise money and awareness about people with developmental disabilities.

The visit included photos, a client autograph session with the bicyclists, a luncheon catered by Dos Mamas, a dance with Live DJ Michael Davis (aka Mr. October), and a group photo at the end. Arc President/CEO Mark A. Swain, and President of The Arc's Board of Directors, Cathy Costello, provided remarks at the event thanking Gear Up Florida, The Ability Experience and the bikers for their care and concern for people with developmental disabilities.

After leaving The Arc that afternoon, the bicyclists enjoy an afternoon of swimming and relaxation at the gorgeous Gainesville Health & Fitness Center, dinner from Dos Mamas Catering, and bedding down at First United Methodist Church. The bikers headed off early on May 25th for their next stop - Jacksonville.

The Arc of Alachua County thanks all of our vendors and sponsors, our clients and employees, and our bicyclists representing Gear Up Florida and The Ability Experience.

We look forward to seeing you all in May 2023!

LiveScan - The Arc of Alachua County's Digital Fingerprinting, Screening & Photo Capture Service - has Resumed Services on a Limited, Appointment-Only Basis



LiveScan provides fingerprinting, screening and photo capture services by appointment only at our main campus, 3303 NW 83rd St. (across from Santa Fe College), every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

LiveScan appointments can be scheduled from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

LiveScan does not accept walk-ins at this time.

LiveScan keeps The Arc's main campus safe for staff and customers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We are only allowing one (1) LiveScan guest to wait in our lobby at a time. Each LiveScan guest will be greeted by The Arc receptionist. Upon entering the lobby, he or she will tell our receptionist at the main desk that he/she is here for his/her LiveScan fingerprinting. The LiveScan guest will then be seated in our front lobby until The Arc's LiveScan staff member escorts him/her into the building and to his/her appointment.

LiveScan fingerprints are done quickly, locally and reasonably, so please call Ferol Johnston at 352-334-4060 ext. 106 to schedule yours.

LiveScan information is easy to find, just click the LEARN MORE button below.

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Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


Mission

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.

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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