THE ARC OF DAUPHIN COUNTY
OUR OFFICE IS OPEN… MASKS ARE REQUIRED
At The Arc of Dauphin County, we are proactively monitoring information around COVID-19 and responding to consumers questions in a timely and thoughtful way. We understand the uncertainty that surrounds this virus and we want to make sure that our consumers are protected in every possible way as we move forward with the services that we provide.
In relation to that, we invite you to monitor things on your own with the links that we have provided below. If any of you are experiencing severe lows as you try to manage through this pandemic, please connect with the National Distress Hotline to talk with a trained counselor. You are valued and important, and we would like to celebrate with all of you when this crisis is over. Be safe.
-Irene Favreau, Co-Executive Director
Resources Related to COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – cdc.gov
- PA Department of Health – health.pa.gov
- Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) – myodp.org
- Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in PA – https://aidinpa.org
- National Distress Hotline – This hotline is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. To connect with a trained crisis counselor:
- Call 1-800-985-5990
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
NEWS & VIEWS
Your The Arc of Dauphin County Resource Center
SPEAK OUT! CELEBRATION
April 3, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020, is now the date for our annual Speak Out! celebration. It is our hope that we have moved the date beyond the end of the stay at home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It will be wonderful for us all to be able to gather safely at our annual celebration of success in the face of skepticism. Please plan to join us to hear stories of triumph over impossible odds and revel in the success of those who have fought hard to achieve it.
REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE DEPARTMENT NEWS
March 30, 2020
The Representative Department is working hard through these uncertain times to make sure that their Consumers are being taken care of. While the State of Pennsylvania is on a stay at home order, we ask that all communication be handled remotely either by telehone, fax, email or snail mail. The safety of everyone is so important! Please employ safe and healthy practices in the war against COVID-19 so that we all make it to the other side. We’ll see you then!
The Arc of Dauphin County is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization founded in 1953 by a group of parents wanting a better life for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The organization began at a time when children with I/DD were typically sent to live in state facilities, away from their families. The parents that founded The Arc of Dauphin County wanted to keep their children at home where they were loved and could be part of family life. These parents became strong advocates for their children’s education and inclusion in society.
WHAT WE DO…
Making A Difference
The Arc of Dauphin County is in the business of changing and shaping the lives of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our consumers are empowered by creating opportunities for them in their communities.
One Step at a Time
Our Advocacy Program provides direct advocacy support to individuals at any age struggling with systemic hurdles. Our Advocates help consumers navigate through service systems such as education, developmental programs, federal funding streams, medical assistance, legal assistance, housing, transportation, social security, trusts, wills, and community supports and resources.
Pre-Employment Transition Services
Pre-Employment Transition Services are designed and tailored to meeting the transition service needs of students with disabilities, ages 14-21. This innovative approach to obtaining pre-employment transition services is made possible through partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Arc of Dauphin County collaborates with school districts, community partners, and local businesses who support an inclusive workplace by providing opportunities for students with disabilities.
Socialization and Community Integration
The Arc of Dauphin County offer services and activities that provide consumers with opportunities for socialization and community integration, while promoting individual choice. We participate in, and organize events that help to create awareness and bring the community and consumers closer together.
COMPUTER SKILLS TRAINING
Our Computer Skills Training is not your usual computer training program. Here, we focus on the fundamental basics needed to navigate and use computers. Acquiring these fundamental skills provides consumers with a base for:
• Prep for higher education
• More ongoing training
REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE PROGRAM
Helping The Community
Our Representative Payee program provides peace of mind in knowing that financial responsibilities are being addressed and handled timely and expertly.
Retreat/Vacation from Daily Routines
Our Respite Service provides caregivers a short-term break to relieve stress, restore energy, and promote life balance. It also provides those with I/DD a much needed retreat or vacation from daily routines, allowing for socialization with peers, and including activities in the community.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”
Vincent van Gogh
You Can Make a Difference
Your support is important to our work at The Arc of Dauphin County. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good.
PARTNER WITH US ON OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Help Us Soar
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. Being on our Board gives you a voice and helps us with ours. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Partner with Us today.
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Show Your Support
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer Your Time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.
MAKE A DONATION
Help Make a Real Change
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making The Arc of Dauphin County an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.
CONTACT THE ARC OF DAUPHIN COUNTY
Get in touch with The Arc of Dauphin County to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
Harrisburg, PA 17103
The Arc of Dauphin County
2569 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103