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By JoanMarie Sandrelli -Trainque
There is always excitement when observing clients work towards their fullest potential. Kyle has been a member of The Arc's Adult Foster Care (AFC) program since 2013 and currently attends a weekly day program. Kyle is supported by a team of professionals from The Arc including Case Manager Brenda, Community Health...
By Colby OBrien
Bus traffic is a regular occurrence at The Arc, as the most accessible method of transportation for individuals we support. However, when a big yellow school bus arrives, a unique passenger is seated. On board is Brooke, a junior at Monty Tech High School in Fitchburg, who interns with The Arc 3 days a week. In the...
By Colby OBrien
Many years ago The Arc organized a toy drive focused on less fortunate families who had children with disabilities. This year, 160 children of all abilities will open gifts during the holiday season thanks to The Arc's Giving Tree project. We are thankful for those who generously helped less fortunate families across...
By Robert Benoit
The Community Based Day Supports (CBDS) program model fosters community membership, independent living, and supports participants to achieve their self-determined goals. One of the ways The Arc of Opportunity’s CBDS program executes its mission is through meaningful volunteerism in the North Central Massachusetts area...
By Jodie Balaguer
The Arc of Opportunity's Individualized Supports Program provides 1:1 support in the home and community. By hosting community outings, the program encourages individuals to form healthy relationships with others. An individual’s case manager will often arrange any needed transportation in the community. Through group...
By Colby OBrien
Confidence is crucial. Have you ever lost the opportunity to speak up for yourself, lacking confidence at a critical moment? That was how Tony, a person with a disability, experienced the world. Tony is sometimes shy and soft-spoken yet has become a powerful spokesperson when addressing disability rights. Tony is most...
By Madeline Merchant
Since being at The Arc, Shellene has "Listened Generously" to her clients and has always gone above and beyond to make sure their needs are met. Recently, Shellene reached out to me for a couple of things. The first was to get a list of all of the recreational activities we offer at The Arc. For those that are not...
By Allison Moscinski
There are so many reasons that Madeline Merchant should be nominated for The Way of The Arc Award. Madeline is often presented with the challenge of inspiring and motivating others to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities and their families. She does this by following the fundamental “Communicate...
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