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Monmouth County is the first in New Jersey to launch a unique training opportunity through a collaboration between The Arc of NJ, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, and local police departments. Five recruits will complete a four month internship in municipalities throughout the county to build employment skills.

Special congratulations to Nick V., a former Kach grad from The Arc of Monmouth who has been interested in pursuing a career in the criminal justice field.

New to The Arc: Pillars
New to The Arc: Pillars

PILLARS
The Arc of Monmouth strives to provide supports and services to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maximize their independence and engagement with the community. To continue providing the highest quality care and resources, The Arc has reorganized to develop the Pillars Department, which broadly encompasses those services that focus on promoting independence and community inclusion.

Learn more about some of the Pillars Programs:

Kach (Keep Achieving) at Brookdale Community College provides a three-year inclusive college experience to young adults with disabilities. Each year, six new students are accepted through a competitive application process, complete with an admission interview. Kach students attend classes taught by Arc instructors, and audit regular Brookdale courses alongside a peer mentor. Kach students are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of campus life including student clubs and activities.

The Achievement Zone (TAZ) provides prevocational training and community inclusion opportunities to young adults. TAZ offers greater flexibility for participants compared to a traditional day program. Participants can choose which offerings meet their interests and needs and may attend one day each week up to all five days. Daily offerings cover an array of activities, such as drama and creative arts, community service opportunities, day trips, gardening, technology and job clubs.

The Arc’s Independent Living Program provides individualized services for individuals with I/DD who are living in the community, but may need additional support services to sustain themselves in their current housing situation. Staff meet one-on-one to help teach specific life skills like grocery shopping, laundry, money management, setting up appointments, etc. The Arc also has Supervised Apartments where residents live in their own apartment independently, but Arc staff are nearby 24/7 and can make regular check-ins.

The Recreation program offers a variety of social and recreational programs for individuals with I/DD at various ability levels. All programs are supervised by staff and/or dedicated volunteers. Each season, a new “Recreation Banner” is published listing all the upcoming fun activities and community outings. There’s something for everyone ranging from low-key movie nights to Special Olympics sports to full weekend getaways.

If you have any questions or would like additional information on any of the aforementioned programs, please contact Matt Brady, Director of Pillars at mbrady@arcofmonmouth.org.

Welcome, Robert Angel
Welcome, Robert Angel

TINTON FALLS – March 28, 2019 – Robert Angel, Holmdel, was named acting executive director for The Arc of Monmouth, effective immediately, announced Father Hank Hilton, president of The Arc’s board of directors.

A member of The Arc’s board of directors for the past four years, Angel has had a distinguished career in healthcare, spanning 40 years on three continents. He has served as CEO of a large public hospital in his native England and, more recently, as president and CEO of a global medical device business based in New Jersey.

“Bob Angel has a deep understanding of the complexities of the various healthcare delivery systems and has consistently demonstrated a robust commitment to The Arc, its staff and the people we serve,” said Father Hilton. “The leadership, development, and management experience he brings to the table will serve this agency well.”

The Arc of Monmouth is the largest provider of services and supports for individuals with Down syndrome, autism, and other forms of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Monmouth County.

The Arc provides a lifelong continuum of services for more than 1,600 individuals in locations throughout the county, including group homes and independent and assisted living apartments, center and community-based employment programs, behavioral healthcare, adult day programs, college achievement classes, recreation and family support services.

The Arc is committed to assisting people with I/DD thrive in every aspect of their lives, believing that people with disabilities are defined by their individual strengths, abilities and dreams – not by their challenges.

To learn more, please call (732) 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

“The Arc” is NOT an acronym. Please use “The Arc of Monmouth, ”not “The ARC” and never “ARC.”

NJ's Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) recently published their newest timeline for 2018 Graduates who will be aging out of the school system at the end of this school year. The DDD enrollment/eligibility process can seem overwhelming, but planning as early as possible for the future will help eliminate some of the stress. There are many resources available. We encourage families and young adults with I/DD to take advantage of transition fairs, workshops, and visit PlanningforAdultLife.org for many online resources. As always, please reach out to The Arc of Monmouth for all of your transition questions. We are happy to guide and support you through this process.

The Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug 21 poses dangers to vision. Do NOT look directly at the sun without special eye protection for risk of causing permanent damage. This flyer is from The Arc of NJ.

A breakdown of museums, theaters, and activities that offer accommodations for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.

An increase for Direct Support Professionals is included in the Budget bill, but we need to make sure it stays in! The Senate and Assembly will vote on Thursday, so we need you to act now!

The New Jersey Children's System of Care, which serves children and youth up to age 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is now accepting requests from families for financial assistance toward the 2017 summer camp session.

Register now for these informative sessions and preview some more family seminars we have coming up this spring!