Arc Family Fun Day/Faith Into Action Festival

Free! Food! Games! Prizes! Bring everyone from your Residential Facility, From Your Home, Your Family, Your Friends! Great times!
  • July 14th.
  • From Noon to 4:00 PM
  • Camp Curtin Middle School, 2900 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110  
More details, photos from last year in feature story elsewhere in this issue.
Message from Peter Berns, President of The Arc of the United States in Washington, DC:

The Arc Condemns Family Separations at  U.S.-Mexico Border; 
Calls on Congress to Act

Like all of you, our hearts break for the families that have been torn apart at the US-Mexico Border in the last week. The Arc stands with the immigrant community and the many organizations and individuals that have come out in opposition to this abhorrent practice.

Our initial public statement (June 17) on this situation can be found on our website and below is our latest statement in response to news of a young girl with Down syndrome being taken from her family.

We are proactively reaching out to media and working with other organizations on this issue. The Arc is a civil rights organization and we remain united with our brothers and sisters in the larger civil rights movement. We will continue to work in unison with them to end this inhumane and barbaric practice.

If you have questions about The Arc's work on immigration, please reach out to The Arc's Director of Public Relations, Sarah Bal. We also encourage chapters to share the graphic featured in this email on social media.

Washington, DC - The Arc released the following statement in response to the forced immigrant family separations that are occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border and news of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities being amongst those taken from their parents.

"With each passing minute, we reach a new low as the civil rights and values upon which our nation was founded continue to be betrayed. News of a young girl with Down syndrome being torn from her family is heart wrenching, yet what is garnering headlines is the callous response from those who support the actions of the Trump Administration. As we have said before - family separations are extremely traumatizing and damaging to children. 
The Arc Responds to Escalating Situation at US-Mexico Border: 
"Families belong together and the act
of tearing them apart is inhumane and cruel"

Children with disabilities rely on their loved ones for care, security, and support, particularly for their unique needs. Unfamiliar border agents and other authorities who collect little information about the needs of a child with disabilities risk exacerbating disabling conditions and causing serious harm, in addition to the severe trauma of separation.

"Families belong together and the act of tearing them apart is inhumane and cruel. The Administration's barbaric choices will undoubtedly traumatize children with and without disabilities. As this situation escalates, we call upon Congress to take action to ensure that these administrative practices are permanently prohibited. The Arc remains aligned with the immigrant community and the many organizations and individuals that have come out in opposition to this abhorrent practice," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc of the United States.

Free Picnic For All Our Consumers and Their Friends!
Our Annual Faith Into Action Arc Family Fun Day 
  • Vibrant Life in the Community!  
  • More than "inclusion", BELONGING!
  • Food!
  • Games of all kinds!
  • "Cake Walk" and Bingo at the Arc of Dauphin County Pavilion
  • Prizes
  • Music and entertainment!
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admittance
  • Pony & Farm Friends animals
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce Houses
  • Exhibits
  • More Food!
  Plan to attend now! July 14th from noon to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Camp Curtin Middle School 2900 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
    Note: If you need accessible parking just ask the Traffic Directors once you get to the location. You will be directed to the parking lot on the south side of the old school building.
  • Reservations NOT REQUIRED. However, we urge residential facilities to call us with a "guesstimate" of how many are coming in order to help us plan.
  • The Arc of Dauphin County, 717-920-2727
Playing bingo at last year's Family Fun Day

Short, Inspirational Video Links You Shouldn't Miss!

From time to time our friends, members, consumers and supporters send us uplifting items that appear in the news, which usually tell the story of someone with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. We have collected several and share them here with our readers:

Shared by Dan Sausman, Developmental Services Director, Case Management Unit (CMU):

"This was shared by one of my's just too good to not pass along. Hope it inspires you too!"

Shared by Rhonda Mays, Volunteer & Grant Development Specialist for The Arc of Dauphin County (two different links):
"This year's Britain's Got Talent  grand prize winner is a very funny comedian who is a non-verbal man (he calls himself "The Lost Voice Guy"). I think his triumph is incredibly inspiring. Also, the runner up is a comedian with Asperger's." --

Another inspiring person! The first Washington lobbyist with Down Syndrome. She calls herself "differently abled", which is a term I wish would be more widely adopted.--

And from Gay Bowman, former longtime Arc of Dauphin County team member:
This young lady with Down syndrome landed a major theatrical award:

As we end our current fiscal year on June 30th, and launch into a new business year on July 1, we pause to look back at the past year as well as to look forward to the year waiting to unfurl in front of us.
Looking ahead, many changes are afoot. Take a look at the populations we serve. Caretakers in the form of family and friends are living longer, so are those for whom they provide care. The entire picture is becoming multigenerational in ways we've never seen before. New questions arise such as, "Who will be here to provide support once we are gone?" We host a series of Lunch & Learn programs and regular columns in The Arc News to address that.   Kathy Gingerich and Beth Light, our Advocates, have been involved in helping families with this issue again and again-often in dramatic ways. But, we're getting there...we are helping families to think beyond the present landscape.
We have already experienced both changes and challenges of funding levels and processes. We have seen the CMS Final Settings Rule run up against many established systems (some over 50 years old) creating what we can only describe as "opportunity." Certainly these changes have cut into programs and established systems, but our Arc will embrace change and move forward into the new fiscal year. We are developing new programs such as our nascent Supports Broker service, which will launch in July-the new fiscal. Nowadays, projects like our Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing, individual philanthropy, grants and corporate sponsorships will be more meaningful and important than ever before. We cannot "go it" alone, we proceed only through the help and support of the community.
Back to multigenerational mutual relationships: Generations of people-and when you read this think about the range of one human generation-the full life span-have been spent in squalid conditions in places like Pennhurst. Arc organizations throughout our state led by The Arc of Pennsylvania have labored to ensure that no person with Special Needs shall ever experience such a life again. The success in those closings illustrates how effective we can be when we work together.
We are on a trajectory to success. You recall how--years ago--we spoke of closing institutions, then we spoke of community integration--that is part of the Arc of Dauphin County's mission. Then came (with the closings, especially) INCLUSION. Inclusion into the community. There is a difference, we think, between "inclusion" and "integration." It was one thing for our Consumers to be included, but our Arc mission moved forward toward full community integration. Yet, and this is key:   "Integration" implies a person is present...but not that a person truly "belongs." Now, it is time to move beyond integration to ensuring BELONGING.   In saying this, we are thinking well ahead of the Final Rule, but we must lead the field, and urge others to stay "ahead of the curve."
Many of my fellow county Arc executives have been talking to me about what lies ahead, and we come up with only one answer--those we serve being one of many facets of the community. No more and no less than any other person who is out in the community and has a sense of belonging.
  • Not visiting the community
  • Not observing the community
  • Not just "integrated" (present)
  • But BELONGING to the community, part of its fabric, its everyday life
Not just being a bystander, but...FULLY ENGAGED, to whatever level one can best be engaged.   Belonging. Our new Supports Broker service is an excellent example of belonging. Consumers now have voice in who comes into their homes, what hours they are there, how they are aided, and more. Families have worked hard at doing this before, but the burden of all facets of self direction to make their loved one's life "real" were on them. The Supports Broker program lifts that burden, empowers the Consumer. We can't wait to launch the new service!
Sure, some threads are different than other threads. When woven together, multiple and diverse threads form a strong fabric. Each thread has value, has purpose. So it is with those whom we serve if you think of each unique person in the community as a "thread" in the fabric of the community.
My friend, who is at once charming, smiling and engaging, is nonverbal, needs help with toileting, feeding, and cannot move about on her own. Yet she, too, is a thread in the fabric of the community. PERSON FIRST: That smile and "presence" matters. The community would not be the same without her. She participates/belongs through her presence. But her bright smile would not be shared A PART OF the community if she were kept at home on the sofa...we all know that. And, those of us who are PASSIONATE about this-we all work to ensure that her thread is there in the community's fabric. Not merely "shared" but firmly woven--BELONGING.
Our journey is one together. I'm not speaking philosophically, but making the down to earth statement that it is time to move from observing one's world to being a part of it, to the best of one's ability. Not a smile at home on the sofa as much as a smile out at a community event, drawing passersby in to meet-engage/learn/share.
We invite you to join us on our journey, become a part of The Arc. We want to share the bigger picture with you. I have numerous suggestions on how you can be part of our march together, just give me a call and we can meet in person or simply over the telephone. This is an important journey, it takes time and planning. Let's do it!
~Craig George 717.920.2727.

What you can do:  
  • Participate in Arc of Dauphin County events and get to know consumers, and support them.
  • Come to Lunch & Learns, monthly dances, annual Speak Out! Celebrations.
  • Learn more about the Final Rule by going to:  
  • Become a member of The Arc of Dauphin County. Watch for our July membership e-mail campaign, which begins soon. 
  • We would be most happy to speak to you about how your time, talent and support can help Consumers in the ultimate goal of BELONGING.  
  • Learn more about the Supports Broker Program: Call Ken Seeger, Director of Consumer Programs, at 717.920.2727.

LUNCH & LEARN RESCHEDULED (Now, a "Snack & Learn")

The STaRT Retirement Planning Method  
Valuable information for parents and care givers of those with Special Needs  
  • New time: September 25th, 5:30 PM (The June 20th session is hereby rescheduled for September 25th.) 
  • The Arc of Dauphin County, Community Room, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg 17103
  • Reservations required. Please Call: 717.920.2727 to reserve your space
  • Please feel free to bring your own "after school snack!"
  • Free parking, Free admission. 
MOST Americans are NOT saving enough for retirement! MANY are NOT saving anything at all!
STaRT is a "non-commercial" program, offered by the PA Department of Banking and Securities, which discusses retirement planning.
The goal is to help you determine what your retirement goals are and how to help you get there.
No matter where you are in the timeline for retirement, know that it's never too late to start. That's why we call this "Start Today and Retire Tomorrow." 
While national statistics are not always positive - they indicate most of us are not saving enough for the futures we want tomorrow. The good news is that if we make changes today, we can create a better tomorrow.
About Pa Dept. of Banking & Securities' George Dillman....
George Dillman is the Investor Education Coordinator with the Investor Education and Consumer Outreach Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities.
George has over 20 years of speaking and training experience. He is very passionate about saving and investing for the future and teaching people how to protect their assets.
For the last twelve years, George has worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to working for the PA Department of Banking and Securities, he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry leading a team at the Bureau of Workforce Partnership Operations in Employment Services. He's worked with employers and consumers, one on one, as well as speaking at a number of local and regional events.
George's educational background includes a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown, PA.

Craig's Corner
A Message from our President and CEO

It's June, and you know what that means: TIME TO SAVE THE DATE for the third annual Arc of Dauphin County Golf Outing.   A month goes by in the proverbial "blink of an eye."   Blink three times and it is time to tell friends in your foursome "Keep your head down!"   Our goal is 18 foursomes! That is not hard to accomplish. All we need is 18 people who say, "I have three friends to invite to play," and BOOM! We've done it...18 foursomes. Come play and have fun with us on September 17!

Coming up even more quickly is our annual FAMILY FUN DAY PICNIC for all our consumers who live at home with their families, who live in residential facilities, and who live in their own place! We all get together and have a fabulous time. We'll join again this year with a larger picnic event, The Faith Into Action Festival. Free food, bingo, pie walk, more games, prizes, bounce houses, face painting and much more. Check out the full story elsewhere in this issue.

Summer Respite Day Camp is being prepared--we are planning a terrific experience, and are working on grants to provide scholarships where possible. That, too, is featured elsewhere in this issue.

Respite Day Camp
A Haiku for Faith Into Action/Family Fun Day

Thousands of people
Great entertainment and games
Plenty of food, too!
    --by Anonymous Arc Supporter

Upcoming Events

July 6, 2018
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   

July 14, 2018
Family Fun Day Picnic

Hosted by: 1st Assembly of God and The Arc of Dauphin County

Location:  Camp Curtin Middle School, 2900 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Time:  12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fee:  Free

August 3, 2018  
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   

August 7, 2018
National NIght Out

Hosted by:  Penbrook Borough and Penbrook Police

Location:  Penbrook Community Park 

Fee: Free


Do you like organization?  The Arc of Dauphin County seeks energized, "want to make the world a better place" volunteers to help us with our new FOA (Friends of The Arc) program, filing, organizing our many closets of supplies, materials and other projects.  Even one day a month would be wonderful help!  Call Barb Bressler 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 , 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 or call the main switchboard at 717.920.2727.

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