#ThrowbackThursday #tbt In 1951, Arc of Westchester opened our first school for young people in Pelham N.Y. with three students. Today our Children’s School for Early Development provides educational, social and support services for 250 children from birth to five years of age. #65Anniversary #Progress
The staff & participants at The Arc of Greater Boone County created this special video to convey how happy Executive Director Brent Cardin has made them. Brent is retiring after 22 years of service.
The Arc of Anchorage celebrates the individuals who were photographed to decorate our office walls! We thank you from our hearts. The Arc celebrated with a reception that took place Tuesday, May 27. Our thanks to Affinityfilms and Mary Katzke for these beautiful photographs of our participants.
Congratulations to our Board member Marisa Laios who was appointed today to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Accessibility Advisory Committee. Marisa will be an outstanding representative for all people with ID/DD throughout the region. She is a huge advocate for accessible bus, rail and MetroAccess public transportation.
Mr. Brimley Goes To Washington
Jay Brimley has lived at the Arc of Westchester home in Scarsdale for nearly 30 years. His favorite television program is Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. Before this year, Jay’s most prized possession was an autographed photo of his hero Bob Schieffer.
A few months ago, members of Jay’s planning team took a chance and reached out to Face the Nation to see if they would be open to a visit from Jay. To their surprise, they soon heard back from Mr. Schieffer’s office with an invitation to visit the studio in Washington D.C. and attend a broadcast.
Jay has spent most of his life in Westchester and this was his first trip to our nation’s capital. Florence Mounoubai, the residence counselor who works with Jay on a daily basis, and Sonia Jarrett, the residence manager at the Scarsdale home, decided to plan the trip as a surprise for Jay.
Recently, Florence and Jay made their way to the train station in New Rochelle where they caught an Amtrack train to D.C. On their first day, Florence and Jay visited the White House, Capitol Hill, The Supreme Court and the Lincoln Memorial. Jay was so excited to be in Bob Schieffer’s hometown that he convinced Florence to go out again for more sightseeing that night.
The next day was the big day. At the appointed hour, Jay and Florence arrived at the CBS studio that broadcasts Face the Nation. During a studio tour, Jay got to meet the crew and see the cameras, lights and equipment. After watching the broadcast from a conference room, Jay finally got his big moment – he met Bob Schieffer.
Jay and Bob visited for a while in Bob’s office, where Jay told him that he watched his show all the time and considered Bob to be his friend. They also posed for pictures together.
“Overall it was a great experience for Jay. He was so happy to meet his longtime ‘friend’ and he thanked me every minute of the trip,” said Florence. “We are just so happy that we were able to make Jay’s dream come true.”
Florence also noted that since returning home, Jay has spoken of nothing but his trip to D.C. Jay still watches Face the Nation every week. And now his most prized possession is the photo- - Bob Schieffer and Jay Brimley – which he shows to everyone who visits the Scarsdale residence.
Bob enjoys joking around with his case manager, Tim. Bob brightens everyone’s day with his great smile and detailed artwork. He enjoys living with his caring provider, Susan, and her family, in the Shared Living program. Keep up the good work, Bob!
This past weekend, participants from The Arc of Jefferson County joined The Arc Racing Program at Barber Motorsports in Birmingham, AL. Dave from Flag to Flag Photography took these awesome photos (and more!) Check out additional photos.
Photo credit: Dave Green at Flag to Flag Photography (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks to thousands of people who voted on Facebook last November 19th, The Arc of Greater Boone County was recently presented with the new Toyota Sienna mobility van that they won in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.