Showcase Magazine Donates Computer Lab!
Following our entry into a contest with Showcase Magazine we were awarded a brand new computer lab. This lab will be available to the 130 people using our services here at The Arc.
It will provide students in our education program a lab to work on lessons. Employee's in our Employment Program will be able to search for jobs, work on resumes and build skills of independence using the lab. And residents in our programs will now have access to a home computer for personal use.
Not only did the magazine make sure we received brand new computers, furniture and software, but the magazines owner Scott Brookes created beautiful posters around our values to decorate the new lab! These posters represent our mission of self determination, community and equality! This creates an inspiring space to work!
We are so grateful to Showcase Magazine for their support!
Visit our facebook page to see all the pictures from the Grand Opening!
October is National Employment of People with Disabilities Month
During October we honored the contributions that people with disabilities make to the workforce. We were fortunate to have several partners in our celebrations and efforts to raise awareness.
Sam's Club hosted a Job Shadowing Day where twelve of our employees visited Sam's and performed jobs for the day to learn about the variety of jobs available. Each person was matched with a mentor to work with and learn from. At the end of the morning everyone enjoyed lunch together to share their experiences.
Olive Garden hosted an Employment Luncheon where we met with local employers to discuss the topic "Building a Diverse Workforce through an Untapped Labor Pool". There are many benefits to employing people with disabilities and this event focused on highlighting those benefits and how our Supported Employment works. We had guests with us from MultiWall, Mt Vernon Animal Clinic, Lowe's, Home Depot, Agriculture Extension and the Sheriff's Department. We will continue to hold events to raise awareness about employment options for people we support.
Thanks for all of these partners we are helping people achieve their dreams!
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Supported Employment Comes to The Arc!
We are so pleased to offer a new program here at The Arc of Southside! We are adding Supported Employment. You may ask “what is supported employment and why do we need it since we have work and jobs here at the Hatcher Center?
Supported Employment is a service that supports people with developmental disabilities to find competitive employment in the community. Many of our employees with disabilities have expressed interest in making more money, getting paid benefits and to have jobs they truly have an interest in doing. These jobs may be available but not here at Hatcher. Our new program will offer our employees the opportunity to make informed choices about their work and careers and the resources to seek, obtain, and to be successful in integrated community employment.
We are now interviewing for our first job coach position. This person, vital to the success of the program, will work with area businesses and help with the development of employment opportunities and offer on-going support for those who make the decision to work in the community. We hope to have this position filled by the middle of August.
This is a positive step for our program and for our employees currently working at Hatcher to have new opportunities!
Your input MATTERS!
In order to grow and develop we are developing a strategic plan and need your input!
Because we want to represent everyone who makes up The Arc of Southside we are conducting this survey to gather information about how we can grow and improve.
We are working with the Southside Business and Technology Center to create a path that will lead us to our future. Interviews with Board members, leadership and some families have already been conducted.
Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us using the survey below.
There are ONLY 10 questions and we are using an online survey to make it fast, easy and convenient for you!!!!
Click this link to go to the survey:
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