We Are Oregon Strong

Our community continues to reel from devastating wildfires that are raging across the state.

Families have been displaced, the start of a new school year has been delayed, and a thick blanket of smoke is causing hazardous breathing conditions, We continue to keep families, friends, and our community partners in our prayers.

For current evacuation news, please visit McKenzie/Holiday Farm Fire Information. If you are able to volunteer to help others, visit the American Red Cross. To make a financial contribution to help people in our community, please see United Way's Wildfire Response Fund.

This is yet another challenge in an unprecedented year, but remember we are better together, and we will get through this.
The Arc to Submit Reopening Plan

While it seems hard to believe, we are now approaching the six-month mark of our building being closed due to the pandemic.

The Arc has completed a comprehensive reopening plan, and will submit this to the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS). While we await ODDS' review and acceptance of our reopening plan, The Arc continues to put more safety measures in place, such as the installation of a hand-washing station beside the main office doors so people can wash their hands before they enter the building and the placement of no-contact, infrared thermometers at each of the entrances to the building.

We are eager to reconnect, but we want to ensure we keep our staff, friends and greater community safe and healthy.
Honor Direct Support Professionals
This Week

Please join The Arc Lane County in honoring local Direct Support Professionals (DSP) during DSP Appreciation Week, September 14 through September 18.

Direct support professionals help people who experience disabilities lead fulfilling lives in their communities. We are honored to work alongside dedicated and talented people who give of themselves every day.

If you know DSPs in our community, please let them know how much they are appreciated and valued for the important work they do.
New Book Changes Disability Paradigm

The Arc Lane County, in collaboration with Jon Christopher Meyers Photography, the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Walmart and QSL Print Communications, has published a book entitled, Dreams without Limits: Changing Perceptions about People with Disabilities.

The book features beautiful portraits of local families and their empowering stories of strength, hope and love. The book changes the disability paradigm from negative to positive, as readers see a glimpse of what people with disabilities are capable of dreaming and achieving.

The Arc will host a COVID-safe book signing and distribution on September 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. outside the main office at 4181 E Street in Springfield. If you have already ordered a book, please plan to pick up your book on September 29. If you cannot attend on September 29, please contact Erika to arrange a time to pick up the book. To order a book, visit Dreams wIthout Limits.
SETWorks to Roll Out October 1

It's out with the old and in with the new. While The Arc's physical building has been closed, the administrative team has been busy behind the scenes implementing SETWorks, a web-based program management system The Arc will roll out on October 1.

SETWorks will help with electronic visit verification, billing and client notes. The Arc is currently training its DSPs on the new system virtually. Parents can expect to see new documentation practices from their child's DSP starting in earnest in October.

If you have questions about the SETWorks implementation, please email Shoshanah or Kristi.
Community Resource Center
to Open October 6

Working in collaboration with FOOD for Lane County and the Community Alliance for Lane County, The Arc Lane County and Families Connected will open a Community Resource Center starting on Tuesday, October 6.

The resource center will be a place families can come to for food, over-the-counter medication, personal hygiene products and home starter products, like sheets and pots and pans. Families will also have access to resource specialists who can help connect families with other resources, such as housing or transportation. People in The Arc’s EmployAbility program will help in the Community Resource Center where they will learn valuable workplace skills.
Voting Guide to Help People with Disabilities Exercise Their Right to Vote

With Election Day quickly approaching, Disability Rights Oregon has created a nonpartisan Easy Voting Guide to help people with disabilities cast their ballots on November 3. The guide helps people understand what the candidates stand for, and it explains the ballot measures. Order the Easy Voting Guide online by September 21.

The last day to register to vote online for the presidential election is October 13.
Summer Work Program Nets Great Outcomes

The Arc Lane County's Summer Work Program wrapped up last month with great outcomes for teens and young adults who participated in the virtual program.

One graduate of the program has already secured a job at Walmart, and two other graduates earned their food handler's cards. Another graduate is now connected with Vocational Rehabilitation and is actively looking for employment through The Arc's Employment Path program.

Special thanks to Tisha Huey, Heather Raskin and Kaia Reinke for spearheading the Summer Work Program and helping participants learn, grow and gain valuable skills.
Auction Raises $70K for Arc Park

Thanks to amazing support from our community, The Arc successfully raised $70K at the Play Your Part Virtual Auction on August 21, nearly reaching our $80K fundraising goal.

If you were not able to attend the event, but still want to help us reach our goal, please Donate to the Arc Park. Big or small, your donation will help us complete the first phase of the Arc Park, which will include the Comcast amphitheater, park restrooms and community meeting space.

Stay tuned as we plan festivities to break ground on the park this fall!