Our Mission

The mission of The Arc of St. Lucie County is to empower persons with disabilities to attain an improved quality of life in the community through ongoing advocacy, and the provision of the highest quality services and support.

Achieve with Us

Providing numerous opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities to grow and develop.

Striving for Excellence

Maintaining the highest standards of excellence in
training and support, advocacy, and service.

Serving the Community

Serving individuals in a variety of settings, ranging from day programs to community based employment and from Vocational Training to group homes.

 

Up-to-the-Minute Announcements:

 

THE ARC's 2019 GOLF TOURNAMENT WAS A SUCCESS!!

 

What a great time we had at this year’s Golf Tournament!  Everyone had fun. Money was raised for our critinal programming. Awards were issued. The auction went very well. The lunch was very good.

The ARc of St. Lucie County would like to send out a most grateful THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and players, our volunteers, the Club Med @ Sandpiper Bay Golf Club, and to all members of our own Board of Directors!!  Without all of you, this would not have been much of a success. So,,,

T H A N K   Y O U!

The Arc's 2019 Golf Tournament PHOTOS are up!!

Everyone had a good time – and donated to a worthy cause… we also took a whole lot of pictures.

Want to see the pictures?       (of course you do…)

Just click the golf ball!!

We Have Residential Vacancies!!

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Arc of St. Lucie County has 3 vacancies for Residential Services right now in our newly renovated Grove Home!!

Are you a person with a developmental or intellectual disability looking for a place to call home?  Call us: (772) 468-7879.

We’ve got some bedrooms available!

Requirements:

  • Have a documented I/D disability
  • Have Medicaid Waiver approval or an ability to pay privately.
  • Be 18 years old or older.

Affairs Adult Care Food Program will be Funded Again for Next Year!

The Arc of St. Lucie County, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Department of Elder Affairs Adult Care Food Program. The Arc of St. Lucie County will again be awarded funding for the 2019‐20 year to help feed the disabled people we serve in St. Lucie County. Through this important
grant, we are able to offer a free lunch to all of our disabled clients who attend our Adult Day Training (ADT) Program (Monday – Friday, 9:00am‐3:00pm).

This is so important for our clients who, with an annual income of typically less than $10,000 per year, experience lifelong poverty. We know that at least once per day, they will receive a nutritional and filling meal while socializing with others.

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What's Happening?

Halloween Luncheon

On Oct. 31st, 2019, the Arc’s Adult Day Training (ADT) Facility enjoyed a Day of costume dress-up and a Luncheon.

The Knights of Columbus Donate to The Arc!!

On May 1, 2019, Council #12159, of The Knights of Columbus in Port St. Lucie came out to our Adult Day Training (ADT) Facility to award us with a check for over $1,500!!  They raised these funds during their annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

Grand Knight, Fred Daniels said, “We do this every year for The Arc of St. Lucie County. What they do here is so important.”

THANK YOU KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS!!!

March 9, 2019 FP&L rolled up their sleeves to help The Arc! ...and boy did they EVER!!!

Florida Power & Light (FPL) selected The Arc of St. Lucie County as a recipient for their Annual Power to Care volunteer program. On Saturday, March 9th, FPL sent 25+ volunteers out to our Adult Day Training (ADT) facility to help us plant hedges, spread mulch, and beautify the grounds. What they accomplished was practically a miracle–All in three hours’ time!

And that is on top of feeding us all breakfast, giving us a shirt, and bringing the water, Gatorade, and ice! This was totally Amazing.

Sensory Integration Therapy at The Arc

In February 2019, we were given the opportunity to visit Morgan’s Place & partake in a Sensory Integration workshop. After the tour, we were given $700.00 worth of equipment & supplies to create a “sensory integration space”. The donation was from “Tristan’s Legacy” and made available through The Arc of Florida.

We’ve not seen anything that has so quickly improved happiness levels and lowered the number of our client’s behavioral outbursts like this has! The change has been both astounding and wonderful!

Do You Know About 2-1-1 ??

In times of crisis or for everyday needs…or if you just need someone to talk to…    211 is there for you! 

2-1-1 is a resource center that helps people find help – everyday.

See the current 211 listing here.

You can learn even more about Down Syndrome here at “Up with Downs”.

Just click.

The Bernard Egan Foundation was this year’s Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 Arc Golf Tournament.

This is to give a BIG shout out to the Bernard Egan Foundation!!

Sometimes, happiness is just chillin' with a good friend.

Did You Know?

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

There are an estimated 5.3 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease.

People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities suffer from this debilitation disease too… and because they tend to age faster, they can develop Alzheimer’s at an earlier age. 

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Loss of activity of daily living skills, difficulty with well-learned abilities
  • Changes in personality; more withdrawn, frustration
  • Periods of inactivity or apathy, disinterest in activities the individual previously enjoyed
  • Development of seizures not previously seen
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Increase in stereotyped behaviors
  • Hyperactive reflexes
  • Visual retention deficits
  • Speech difficulties, not able to use words or speech that is not clear

To Learn More go to the National Alzheimer’s Association Website:

https://www.alz.org/

Intellectual Disability

  .- More than 3 million US cases each year.

– Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured

– Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

– Requires a medical diagnosis.

Intellectual function can be measured with an IQ test.  The main symptom is difficulty thinking and understanding. Life skills that can be impacted include certain conceptual, social, and practical skills.  Special education and behavioral therapy can help a person live to his or her fullest.

Did you know?

About 2% of people are born with an intellectual or developmental disability.

2% of the population of the State of Florida is: 419,600 (as of 2017).

ASP Goes to The ELC

In June, our ASP Children’s Program went to The Environmental Learning Center.  They had a terrific time!!

Adult Day Training (ADT)

Our ADT is better than ever with new programming, new management, and new activity centers. Now, participants rotate from one exciting activity to the next throughout the day. Field trips and lunch are also still provided.

Acitvity Centers: Goals Achievement, Art, Money Management, Activities of Daily Living Skills, Kitchen & Cooking training, Sensory Activities, Computer Lab (coming soon), Zumba, and Pre-vocational training in sorting and recycling.

Adult Day Training is for people with a documented diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability aged 18 or older. ADT runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – Monday through Friday. Transportation options are often available.

The Arc of St. Lucie County Gratefully Acknowledges our Granting Agencies...

The Arc of St. Lucie County Gratefully Acknowledges our Sponsors...

 Council 12159