The Arc of the US recently released the following statement which I wanted to share with you, on the need for swift and substantial action in our society and from our nation’s leaders to dismantle racism, end discrimination, and to honor, protect, and enforce the civil and human rights of all people.
“The ongoing violence and police brutality against Black and Brown people in our country is unacceptable. We stand in solidarity with every person and community that is appalled by the homicide of George Floyd, and so many others before him. We stand in solidarity too with those who are taking action against the systemic racism that underlies this behavior. Racist attitudes and behavior should have no place in America.
“Tragically, the historical and everyday reality is that the lives and humanity of people of color, and members of other marginalized communities, are too often not valued and respected. The Arc renews its own commitment to social justice and the dismantling of the systems of oppression and discrimination that further this violence and neglect.
“We all must step up and speak out, including our nation’s leaders, to uphold the rights of communities of color to be free from over policing, police brutality, misconduct, harassment, and racism. To be silent is to be complicit,” said Peter Berns, CEO, The Arc.
The Arc NJ Executive Director, Tom Baffuto released this statement detailing the response to coronavirus and the rigorous safety precautions taken by the New Jersey Arc chapters including The Arc of Monmouth to keep our served individuals and staff as healthy as possible.
Letter to caregivers from Assistant Executive Director, Ann Marie McGoldrick regarding COVID-19 updates to The Arc of Monmouth's programs.
March 13, 2020
The Arc of Monmouth will be closing all Day Programs as of close of business today Friday March 13, 2020. We anticipate being closed, at minimum, the full week of March 16th-20th. We will keep you informed as we make decisions on re-opening. Please check our website and social media pages for continued and frequent information dissemination.
Thank you, for your anticipated cooperation.
Ann Marie McGoldrick
Assistant Executive Director
A letter to caregivers regarding protocols for the prevention of the spread of contagious illness, including the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The safety and health of our served individuals and staff are our highest priority. Please click to read more.
A great article about the funding crisis to increase DSP wages and new efforts in the NJ Senate.
News article from Asbury Park Press covering the cadet graduation ceremony on 2/12/20.
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
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 email@example.com.