Put on Your Walking Shoes!

   It is time once again for our annual participation in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
  • Walk the actual day of the event. 
  • "Walk" from the comfort of your own home--just sponsor a walker to walk for you! 
  • Form a team! Come up with a team name! See which team can garner the most support.

Register for the walk by clicking on the 'Register Now' button.

Donate to a walker, team, or nonprofit by clicking on the 'Donate Now' button. 

Log in to access your account by clicking on the 'Login Now' button.  

Our goal this year is to raise $6,000
  • You can walk and make a contribution. 
  • You can form a team and your team raises a contribution...and maybe members of your team know someone else who will form their own team, and the network grows and grows! 
  • Or, you don't come at all, and just make a contribution from the comfort of your own home.
  • Get your company/office to sponsor your team (Corporate Sponsorship), or just you (Individual Sponsorship).
  • Get friends and relatives to contribute. Every dollar counts.
  • Sometimes people ask, "Do we contribute so much per mile?" Answer is no...donors to the walk just contribute anything they want, from $1.00 to thousands!

When:  May 18, 2019
Where: HACC, 1 HACC drive, Harrisburg 17110
Time: Check-in starts at 7:45 AM, walk begins at 9:00 AM

35th Annual Speak Out! Celebration

Did you get to come to the 35th Annual Speak Out! Celebration?   We hope you did, but if you could not make it, please plan now on attending the 36th Speak Out! on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Less than a year away! We have already received reservations!
This year's 35th Annual Speak Out! featured two different spell-binding presentations by Ms. Emerald Gray and Ms. Aleecia Hillard. 

Both told of life challenges, the ups and downs they faced, and most important obstacles that rose in front of them and how they either got over or around walls that threatened to stop them. They both achieved remarkable success, and the entire ballroom's attendees swelled with pride hearing of the inspired everyday life that they achieved for themselves.
The Honey Mustard Duo from Elizabethtown College provided chamber music during the meal and afterward, J&D Mobile Music Machine brought the dance floor to life.

In honor of the 35th anniversary, a long-time supporter of The Arc of Dauphin County, Robert Jones & Associates, in memory of Robert Jones, provided an Arc-orange hot/cold beverage container emblazoned with logos of the Arc of Dauphin County and the 35th Annual Speak Out! Celebration logo.

Lunch programs were provided by John Rozema  of Get It Now Prints on Derry Street.

The entire project was sponsored by our longtime supporters, The Dauphin County Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Program (MHID) and the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).  Without these sponsors, Speak Out! would not exist, and they along with the Dauphin County Commissioners were applauded at the Celebration.

The Big Three-Oh!

You are reading the 30th edition of the ArcNews. We launched the ArcNews 30 months ago, and appreciate the nice things our readers have said about the newsletter. Our objective is to not only inform and educate on happenings at our Arc, but even more to advocate for our Consumers and to keep everyone up to date on legislative initiatives on both the state and federal/national levels. 
Did you know that in the newspaper world the word "morgue" refers to the paper's depository of all its published editions? You can go to our online " morgue" and see all 30 editions on our Website--s tarting with the September 2016 issue right up through this month's, each edition is there!

Call Out for Art! The 45th Annual Arc Art Show is Coming!

Last year, we had a tremendous show that was "on the road" for 165 days, touring at places such as the Pennsylvania Capitol, Harrisburg International Airport, the Susquehanna Art Museum and many other high visitation sites. Countless people were exposed to the amazing expression of our artists, and of a means of expression for those with a disability.

Through the month of April we will be collecting submissions for the art show. This year, for our 45th anniversary, we will have one special location, to be announced in a few weeks.

Do you know an artist? Do you like to draw or paint or create some other form of art?   Please prepare your work now, and get it submitted by Tuesday, April 30th.

"'Our Art, Our Voice!' What a powerful title! What a powerful message!," said Craig George, Arc's President.

"Last year's art show brought out a number of artists that until that time had never exhibited their work anywhere. Others had entered work in a show before, but it was their first time to enter for The Arc of Dauphin County," explained Lindsey Christy, PBS Counselor for The Arc of Dauphin County.

"We welcome all of our Consumer Artists and, by the way, you don't have to be a trained or accomplished artist to participate," said Ken Seeger, Director of Consumer Programs. "If you think your art is worth sharing, we want you to submit it for display, your art truly is your voice," he concluded.

It is very important that artists submit their work properly in order to be included in the exhibition. In this article, we will list the requirements. You can obtain an entry form by printing it out from our Website, or by dropping by the Arc offices at 2569 Walnut Street in Harrisburg (8:00 AM to noon, and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM).

"Any media from oils to charcoal to crayon to even paint applied by rolling marbles or other methods is welcome," explained Caterina Veccia, a long time art advocate and Arc's Outreach Director. She urges all artists to follow these rules:
  1. All artwork must have a title.
  2. All artwork must have a submission form attached to the work, and an exact copy of the form that is not attached. The submission form will be available after April 1 on our website.
  3. All artwork must be submitted between April 1 and April 30th. 
  4. We own our own display racks, which are 36" wide. Artwork cannot exceed that width (including artwork + frame). 
  5. After the exhibition, artwork may be picked up at the Arc of Dauphin County, 2569 Walnut Street during normal business hours (8:00 AM to noon and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) from May 1 to May 15th. After May 15th, we will not continue to retain the artwork. 
  6. All submitted work must be either: 
a) Mounted on a flat piece of mat board or dry mount board or...
b) Mounted on a flat piece of cardboard, think plywood, plexi, or other hard and flat surface
We recommend artwork be framed. If not in a frame, it must be able for us to affix a hanger onto the back
d) Note the registration form must have a clear address and other contact information requested as well as a signature to the release statement
All artists, friends, relatives, supporters and fans are invited to the artist's reception, time and date to be determined
All artwork must be able to be hung on the display rack to be in the show. We will not be able to accept stand-alone sculptures for the show, but will definitely accept them to be on display at the Arc of Dauphin County in a separate exhibition
"This year's Our Art, Our Voice! 45th Art Show is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Community Partnerships, said Rhonda Mays, Grants Officer.  "We have terrific artists, and Community Partnerships  wanted to be a participant in celebrating the accomplishments of artists with Special Needs who have a message, and who use art as part of their advocacy," she concluded.

Welcome to Our New Director of Finance and HR, Irene Favreau

Your Arc of Dauphin County is proud to announce that Irene Favreau has joined our team as our new Director of Finance and HR.

Irene comes to us from a lifelong career in both corporate and non-profit sector accounting, she has been a member of a non-profit "think tank" that included a former U.S. Governor, and was dedicated to finding resources for persons needing mobility devices and other durable medical equipment. She has sat on the board of the Boys & Girls clubs as Treasurer, and has worked in other aspects of non-profit accounting (such as the accrual methods of accounting.) 

"I have been looking for an opportunity to make a significant difference in peoples' lives, and to again work in the nonprofit world," Ms. Favreau said. "When the opportunity to help the Arc of Dauphin County came along, I jumped right in, knowing this was the place where I could be of significant service to a lot of people," she added.

Known among her peers as a results-oriented manager, the Arc Board as well as the professional team at the office and out in the field are thrilled to have a person with Ms. Favreau' s credentials working for our Consumers.

Craig's Corner
A Message from our President and CEO

Trees are budding out, tulips and daffodils are pushing up through the winter crust, and small, delicate crocuses are already blooming. Crocuses may look small and delicate, but they are strong. They are great self advocates... they don't let obstacles like snow and freezing temperatures stop them, they still push forward and shout to the world, "Here I am, I count! I matter!"

So it is with our friends with Special Needs, we believe in them and more important, they believe in themselves. They stand up to the world and say, "Count me in. I matter, I count! I am part of the community."

"You folks are doing just what the state and county want you to do...getting our Consumers out into the community, exploring their world, finding out what is there. You are a hub where they gather, but once assembled, they are out into the vibrant life of the community," we were recently told.   The person speaking was correct, that is indeed our mission to see our Consumer friends have their own version of their Everyday Life, and to not just "belong" to the community, not just "be in the fabric of the community," but to actually be a part of their social environment, a contributor just like everyone else.

Everyday Life is important to us, so is the idea of Employment First when a person is capable of working and contributing to society in that manner. Also important to us is the safety and well-being of our Consumers, the reduction of the so-called "Waiting List," and expanded services and programs for our Consumers--these services and programs oriented toward their Everyday Life goals. We are concerned about other things too, such as advocacy, self advocacy, workforce readiness and the litany of programs and services we provide from Respite to Rep Payee, other Life in the Community programs and Education and Awareness offerings.   We are always vigilant, seeking new programs and services.

One successful program getting ready to launch in May, which you can read about in this newsletter, is the 45th Annual Our Art, Our Voice! art show.  Also, don't miss the Country Music event in May and the Highmark Walk in May! We expect to bring on board our first new Consumers for the Supports Broker service as well. Whew! Four big happenings in May. We'll all be very busy!   Then in July is the Family Fun Day. Although over 1,200 people attended last year, we occupy a little secluded spot so our friends that don't like crowds won't feel uneasy.  

We just concluded this month our 35th Annual Speak Out! Celebration, which you can read about elsewhere in this issue. Ken Seeger, our Director of Consumer Programs, heard each speaker say something significant. So much so, he asked me to share them here:

"...I currently attend Penn State Harrisburg. My biggest struggle in college has been learning to speak up and use my voice and my choice. I am getting better and better at this. My advice to others is to always follow your dreams and never give up. SPEAK OUT!!!"   --Emerald Gray

"...Never become discouraged by hurtful words or actions.  With hard work and dedication you can strive to be the best person you can possibly be."  --Aleecia Hilliard

Welcome New Arc of Pennsylvania President Sherri Landis!

Sherri Landis, shown above with Arc of Dauphin County's Craig George during Governor Wolf's Inaugural, is the new Arc of Pennsylvania president. 

The Arc of Pennsylvania was started 69 years ago by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who fought against society's expectation that their children be sent to state institutions. Thanks to their work, and the movement they created, life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families is far better than it was in the early 1950's.

The Arc of the United States , together with all its chapters, is the largest nationwide advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Pennsylvania has  33 local chapters of which the Arc of Dauphin County is one, and it represents over 8,000 members. The Arc of Pennsylvania state office coordinates strategic, grassroots advocacy efforts; provides policy analysis and trainings, and implements the statewide  Include Me  and the  Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT)  programs that serve children and adults. 

The Arc of Pennsylvania focuses on systems advocacy and governmental affairs, demonstrating leadership and guidance among all disability organizations in Pennsylvania.  County chapters, such as our Arc of Dauphin County, provide a variety of critical services as well as state and national civil rights activism on behalf of persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Harrisburg Got Talent 2019

Harrisburg 1st Assembly of God's "Got Talent 2019" will take place on Sunday, May 19, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. 

James Crummel of ABC27 will be emcee and funds raised will be directed toward the annual Family Fun Day, in which The Arc of Dauphin County is a participant and supporter.
The competition is open to people of all ages, the winner gets a $50 prize, the runners up $25.  Last year, a member of our team, Lindsey Christie, told someone about it and that person's daughter won second prize!
Registration forms are available for download online. All forms must be postmarked by May 3rd.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University in partner ship with the Delaware County Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Chester County Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities presents:

Mini Course Lecture Series Spring 2019 -- Two Presentations by David Pitonyak, b oth in Glen Mills, PA.

APRIL 15 - The Importance of Belonging
Being connected to the people we love is critical to our emotional and physical well-being. Many people experiencing our services are sick from loneliness. This workshop is about ideas for moving beyond interventions and coverage to a system that supports enduring, freely chosen relationships

APRIL 16 - One Day the World Will Be A Perfect Place: Toolbox for Change
How does a traditional organization move towards person-centered supports? How do caregivers maintain their sense of purpose, joy, and commitment in times of growing complexity and changing expectations? A day-long workshop focused on specific strategies for transforming system-centered organizations to person and family-centered organizations while never losing track of joy.

Location and time for both events are the same.

Best Western Concordville Hotel
675 Conchester Highway
Glen Mills, PA 19342
tel: 610-358-9400

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (Check-in begins 8:30 AM)
  • Event is free but registration is required
  • Lunch: on your own 
  • Social Work CEs have been requested
  • Requests for accommodations must be made by April 1
  • For more information: iod@temple.edu

David Pitonyak is the Director of Imagine. He provides consultations to individuals who experience disabilities, their families, and their paid support workers throughout North America. The foundation of David's work is that we are social beings. Our happiness depends on the development of enduring and positive relationships.

An Evening of Music and Wine Tasting!

Please join The Arc of Dauphin County as we celebrate Spring with a lively concert featuring Nashville Recording Artist who is a singer, songwriter and entertainer extraordinaire: Jill Fulton.

Tickets $10.00 Please order a full table (four persons) if you can, but single tickets welcome as well.

Ticket price includes the opportunity to win a gift basket of gastronomic delights.

To order tickets send your check to The Arc of Dauphin County, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 and we will mail them to you. Or, call Barb Bressler at 717-920-2727 to order your tickets by credit card.   We only have 180 tickets, and expect to sell out by the concert!

Calculator: _______tickets X $10.00=$__________ + extra gift of $__________to provide more programs and services for those with Special Needs =$________total. (Any amount donated above $10.00 per ticket will receive a donation acknowledgement for IRS sanctioned contributions.

Jill Fulton, Nashville Recording Artist, Singer, Songwriter and Entertainer has met with high acclaim. An example: The Herald-Mail says, "...a powerhouse voice that has garnered her comparisons of a mixture of Faith Hill and Janis Joplin." -Ethan Larsh, Herald-Mail
You can read additional reviews at  www.jillfultonband.com .

Ticket includes wine tasting.

Phone: (717)944-1569

Concert Date: May 31st 
Time: 7:00 PM.
Tickets only $10.00

Congratulations to our Official 2019 Newsletter Sponsor: Brown, Shultz, Sheridan & Fritz, aka "BSSF. "

BSSF promoted our Third Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing this fall by generously signing up to sponsor the ArcNews in 2019!

Upcoming Events

April 2 & 9, 2019

Arc Expression

To register: call 717-920-2727 or send an e-mail to l christie@arcofdc.org.

Hosted by:  The Arc of Dauphin County

Location:  The Arc of Dauphin County, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA
Time:  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee:  Free   

April 5 & May 3 2019

First Friday Dance 
Hosted by:  The Arc of Dauphin County

Location:  The Arc of Dauphin County, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA
Time:  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee:  $5   

May 18, 2019

Highmark Walk 

Hosted by:  Highmark

Location:  HACC Campus, 1 HACC drive, Harrisburg
Time:  9:00 AM (Check-in starts at 7:45)

Fee: Donation

July 13, 2019

Family Fun Day

Hosted by:  Harrisburg 1st Assy and The Arc of Dauphin County

Location:  Camp Curtin Academy, 6th street and Division, Harrisburg, PA
Time:  12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fee:  Free


Our Archivist needs photo albums in order to properly store photographs. Do you have any unused photo albums at home? We especially need ones that will hold 4x5 or 4x6 photographs. The easiest to use are the 8x10 or 8.5x11 "magnetic" sheet pages. We can take any amount- after all , we are archiving 65 years' worth of material! Please call Barb at 717.920.2727.  
Do you like organization?  The Arc of Dauphin County seeks energized volunteers who "want to make the world a better place" by helping us with our many programs and services.  Even one day a month would be wonderful help!  Call Barb at 717.920.2727.
Your place to socialize and enjoy the music is The Arc of Dauphin County.  For nearly a decade we have been offering "First Friday Dances" complete with a DJ spinning your favorite tunes.  $5.00 covers entrance and hot dogs, cookies, soda, etc. (free to Charter Members of The Arc of Dauphin County). No reservation required.
Help support our friends with disabilities through our advocacy, education, consumer programs, life in the community/inclusion, and so much more!  Your gift ensures our non-profit can continue to provide the best services possible.  Our new Respite Center, now open and operating, will also benefit from your generosity.  Please e-mail Craig George at  cgeorge@arcofdc.org  or call the main switchboard at 717.920.2727.
If you are thinking long term, so are we!  Planning for the future, The Arc of Dauphin County will soon launch a Planned Giving program, which will allow our supporters who own a house or other real estate, who have paid up life insurance policies, or who would like to contribute to a trust or an Arc Endowment, as well as many other planned gift vehicles, to think long term with us.  Did you know without proper planning, the largest benefactor of your estate will be Uncle Sam?  Many planned gifts pass outside of probate from you to your loved ones and other beneficiaries, such as The Arc of Dauphin County.  For a confidential consultation, please e-mail Craig George at  cgeorge@arcofdc.org  or call the main switchboard at 717.920.2727.

Visit us at www.arcofdc.org.