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CHAPEL HILL APARTMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO HAVE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY JULY 18TH 

Chapel Hill, NC- The Arc of the Triangle and The Arc of North Carolina are proud to announce the opening of a new collaborative housing project for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Meadowmont community of Chapel Hill. A ribbon-cutting is planned for Friday, July 18th at 10 a.m.

Several area leaders and elected officials will be attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Congressman David Price, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, representatives from U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr’s offices, and members of the local Chamber of Commerce. Also, several residents will be present at the event and providing tours of their apartments.

Robin Baker, Executive Director of The Arc of the Triangle, explained that the apartments will allow many tenants to live on their own for the first time. “While there are a number of group homes in Orange County, there are few places where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live independently with a little support. The Arc Orange Apartments will help residents be more integrated into the larger community, and that’s really exciting,” said Baker.

These apartments are the result of years of collaboration between several local, state, and federal partners. The Arc received funding through multiple sources, including the Orange County HOME program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and The Ireland Family Foundation. The land was generously donated by East West Partners.

Nicole Kiefer, Assistant Director of Housing Resources at The Arc of NC, explained that the Meadowmont community has proven to be an ideal location for the project. A nearby stop on Chapel Hill’s free bus system allows for easy transportation around town.  Meadowmont Village, a local shopping center walking distance from the apartments, provides easy access to groceries, shopping, and entertainment. Several residents are also employed by Meadowmont Village businesses.

“All these factors make The Arc Orange Apartments a real standout for supportive housing. It’s a wonderful environment,” said Kiefer.

The apartment building itself consists of six separate units and a common room. The exterior is designed to blend in architecturally with the rest of the neighborhood.

For more information on The Arc Orange Apartments ribbon-cutting, contact Ben Akroyd at The Arc of North Carolina at 919-782-4632 or bakroyd@arcnc.org.

 

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Great News!

PACE Academy will keep its doors open.  Since 2004, PACE Academy has made positive contribution s in the lives of students, their families, and the community at large. Serving students in grades nine through twelve, PACE helps students navigate the demands of high school. Given a unique population with over 50% of students served with IEPs, PACE engages learners through creative and research-based methods. Students emerge and graduate from PACE with increased skills in self-advocacy, self-determination, responsibility, and independence.


Recruitment efforts are in full swing: Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is open. Please contact the school at 919-933-7699 or email: jbittner@pace-academy.com

 

At a glance, PACE Academy means:

                  Small Classes (16:1 ratio)

                  Tuition Free

                  Convenient Location (on NC 54 in Carrboro)

                  Block Schedule

                  Extensive Transition Planning 

                  Community Service

                  North Carolina Standard Course of Study - leading to a High School Diploma 

                  Common Core and Occupational Pathways towards graduation

                  Highly Skilled Staff

           

PACE will continue to increase the learning opportunities - especially those who are at-risk for academic failure. PACE Academy recognizes all students for the strengths they possess; works alongside students and their families to develop the 21st Century skills required in today 's workplace & encourages students' integration in all aspects of the community.

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This is it. Budget Imminent. Take action now!

Last week, the logjam in state budget negotiations finally appeared to break following a unique Senate Appropriations Committee Meeting also attended by House leadership and Conference Committee members. Lawmakers finally agreed on Medicaid rebase and reserve numbers, which had been a major stumbling block.


Legislative budget negotiations are now expected to move forward very quickly- starting early this week.

The Conference Committee, which contains members from both chambers, is now tasked with ironing out 
the remaining differences between the two budgets, and presenting a compromise budget to Governor McCrory for his signature.

The Arc of NC has three requests of legislators during these final negotiations:

  1. Ensure cuts to Medicaid eligibility are not included in the final budget,
  2. Continue “bridge funding” for people with disabilities living in group homes who have had their Personal Care Services cut,
  3. Keep open the four Children’s Development Service Agencies slated for closure.


We need your help in getting this message to the 16 State Senators on the Conference Committee!

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Step 1- Enter your information below
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Step 3- Follow up with CALLS TO STATE SENATORS ON THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 
before this Wednesday, July 9th!

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Transition through Adolescence to Adulthood: Self-Advocacy, Sexuality and Behavior Management

 

Transition through Adolescence to Adulthood:

Self-Advocacy, Sexuality and Behavior Management

Description:

The one-day workshop focuses on typical issues in adolescence and young adulthood, and how these issues are impacted by the characteristics of autism. The training will address independence and choice making for individuals with ASD (ages 12 - 25) in self-contained, partially included, or included settings. Participants will learn how to apply Structured TEACCHing strategies in a variety of contexts, how to integrate visual structure to enhance independence, and how to develop problem solving strategies that address behavioral issues. The training includes presentations and group discussions.

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Calling All Volunteers!

Dear Friends of The Arc of Orange County,

The Cardinal Track Club continues to be one of our biggest supporters. Last season, the club raised $7500.00 for our organization! We are looking for additional people that would be willing to volunteer to help out at the race. Volunteers can help direct runners, work the registration booth, hand out water, etc. We need volunteers to be at McDougle Middle School at 7:00am on July 4th. The race should end by 9:30am. Please let me know if you are able to volunteer as soon as you can!

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The Arc of Orange County to Hold Final Pre-merger Board Meeting - Monday, June 23, 2014 from 7-9PM

The Arc of Orange County will hold its final pre-merger board meeting on Monday, June 23rd at 7:00- 9:00pm.  

The Board Meeting will be held in Chapel Hill on Route 54, across from the Meadowmont subdivision in the Meadowmont Exchange building in the second floor board room.

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From Raleigh / RDU Airport and points East:

  1. Take I-40 W towards Durham/Chapel Hill
  2. Merge onto NC-54 W via exit #273A toward Chapel Hill (Right on Ramp)
  3. Road is SR54/Raleigh Rd.  Continue towards Chapel Hill.
  4. You will pass through the intersection of Raleigh Rd and Friday Center Dr. You will pass Meadowmont on your right.
  5. The next light you will turn left to Exchange at Meadowmont and pass around building 1414 continuing past the parking deck on your left. 
  6. Building 1450 Raleigh Rd (Franklin Trust Building) will be directly to your left and the front entrance is at the second drive.
  7. LAS is located in Suite 109.

From Greensboro, Charlotte, and points West:

  1. Take 85 North to I-40 E towards Durham/Chapel Hill
  2. Merge right onto NC-54 W (Raleigh Rd.) toward Chapel Hill.
  3. Follow for 1.8 miles.
  4. Road is SR54/Raleigh Rd.  Continue towards Chapel Hill.
  5. You will pass through the intersection of Raleigh Rd and Friday Center Dr. You will pass Meadowmont on your right.
  6. The next light you will turn left to Exchange at Meadowmont and pass around building 1414 continuing past the parking deck on your left. 
  7. Building 1450 Raleigh Rd (Franklin Trust Building) will be directly to your left and the front entrance is at the second drive.
  8. LAS is located in Suite 109.

From Durham and points North:

(If you're coming from North of Durham, take 85 South to 15/501 South)

  1. From Durham take 15/501 South into Chapel Hill, past the Blue Cross building, past Southern Seasons
  2. Take exit onto Rte 54 East
  3. Go through the light at UNC Finley golf course (1 mile)
  4. Next light take a right into Exchange at Meadowmont and pass around building 1414 continuing past the parking deck on your left.
  5. Building 1450 Raleigh Rd (Franklin Trust Building) will be directly to your left and the front entrance is at the second drive.
  6. LAS is located in Suite 109.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meals on Wheels & "Dining For Dollars"

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June 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Stacey Yusko, Executive Director of the CH/Carrboro Meals on Wheels

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 *IMPORTANT*

Please help celebrate The Arc's wonderful partnership with Meals on Wheels by supporting the first annual "Dining for Dollars" to benefit Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels.

When? Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6-9pm, Hickory Tavern in Carrboro!

The evening will include a wonderful dinner menu selection provided by Hickory Tavern, and a silent auction that will offer a golf package for 4 at Pinehurst #8,  a one week stay at an all-inclusive resort in Aruba, beach and mountain home rentals, UNC/Duke basketball tickets, UNC football tickets, a private party at Monkee’s, a Governor’s Club golf package, and more!! Tickets to the event are $30 and can be purchased on the web site.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY PURCHASING TICKETS: HERE 

 

"DINING FOR DOLLARS" SITE: HERE

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“The Arc volunteers are not just 'Arc volunteers.' [They] come in to work seamlessly and carry the load; when they aren’t here, I have to get someone to pick up the slack. We depend on them,” says Stacey Yusko, Executive Director of the CH/Carrboro Meals on Wheels.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels mission statement is to “provide a hot nutritious meal and personal visit Monday through Friday to those individuals living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the surrounding area who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to illness, disability, or convalescence in order to improve their health, reduce isolation and help them maintain independent living.” Meals on Wheels started in 1976 so it’s been in Chapel Hill since then. There are no rules, guidelines, or trademarks, but rather each program operates independently as fits their community. The majority of the meals are purchased from K&W, but they also receive donations from places like Whole Foods, Panera, and Harris Teeter. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels operates out of Binkley Baptist Church, but is quickly outgrowing their space.

When current director, Stacey Yusko, first started in 2009, they were only delivering about 65 meals a day. Now, with over 150 volunteers, they deliver 140 meals a day on 12 different routes. Here is what they say about their volunteers: “Meals on Wheels would cease to exist without the tireless dedication of our volunteers. These are people who have boundless energy and optimism, many of whom have busy lives, with families, careers and other commitments. But they make time to help. And that makes all the difference.” Over the past decade, several Arc participants have become committed and valuable volunteers of the organization. Yusko speaks about the impact the partnership with The Arc has had on the participants and the community as a whole.

 

How did you hear about The Arc of Orange County? How does Meals on Wheels partner with The Arc?

It (the partnership) was in place before I got here. One of the Tuesday volunteers has been delivering for at least 10 years. Susan Chandler, The Arc’s Director of Volunteer and Social Opportunities and I started matching people up more a few years ago. As we have grown, we have added more routes. I remember calling Susan and asking her if she had people. When I need volunteers, I know they have some. The Meals on Wheels director used to do everything herself, now the people who come in and do set up has changed the way meals on wheels operates. It takes a massive amount of work off of me and is a much better way for the organization to be. These people are able to handle it and they do it well.

I think it’s good for my volunteers to have The Arc volunteers in here because it breaks down the barriers. Arc participants have a purpose and want to be able to do something positive in the community. We have Arc volunteers from all spectrums and where it used to jolt people to have differences, now nothing is out of the bounds of working. It’s exposing the larger world to a larger population that is more unique and now the larger world is becoming more comfortable with differences.

It goes beyond just the partnership; some of our people have adopted some of their people on a different level, outside the volunteer placement. At Christmas time a group of volunteers contributed to a Christmas gift basket to one of the participants. People have really adopted him. They are not just breaking down barriers, but also inviting them in to the community and the Meals on Wheels community.

 

What ways do you find this rewarding?

Satisfying that basic human need is very satisfying. We want everyone to have a meal. Knowing you are helping someone stay at home but putting food on the table, I get a charge out of talking to people and feel like we are improving their lives. Working with our volunteers has helped. On a personal level I get good information all the time. Meeting a broader group of people I wouldn’t have known otherwise. I think it’s really nice to see how there are so many people invested in the community.

 

Do you think that your work with The Arc makes a difference?

I think it’s copacetic; it's a beautiful partnership because it benefits both parts equally. They are relieving a burden for me and its purposeful work and meaningful to them. It's a 50/50. One volunteer has Down syndrome. He knows the clients backwards and forwards and he knows if something is off. He suits the job perfectly because of that. The Arc volunteers are not just “Arc volunteers.” The ones that come in work seamlessly and carry the load and when they aren’t here I have to get someone to pick up the slack. We depend on them.

 

If you could do one thing to change the world what would it be?

I would do something on a local level. Several people have been displaced from their homes, and if I could change anything in the area, then everyone would have a safe, warm place to live. The rent went up and they can’t do it. They qualify for section 8 vouchers, and some go to homeless shelters. You could not know where you are going to be the next day. We need affordable housing.

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Important Announcement from The Arc of North Carolina

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