November 25, 2020 | Issue #69
Embracing Hope and Gratitude
Thanksgiving is a time for thankfulness and gratitude.

It’s hard in a period of COVID to be grateful, while worrying about agencies which face financial and staffing crises. Many of us fear the virus as the surge continues, while others have lost loved ones or friends. I’ve read that it is during such times that gratitude will lift us up. This is something I have experienced in the past and return to often.

Our wish to you is that you may embrace hope and gratitude during this Thanksgiving holiday!
This year has been one unlike any other that came before it. As we approach the holiday season, traditions will change, festivities will look different, and families may celebrate in new and potentially more distant ways.

But all through this year, our incredible community has come together in unprecedented ways.

2020 has presented unthinkable challenges, in terms of healthcare disparities, funding levels, programs closing, and so much more. But time and again, you have all come together, you have all shown up for one another, and you have all been there for The Arc, too.

This Thanksgiving, The Arc is grateful for every member of our community. Your commitment, your generosity, and your support during this crisis have made all the difference.
FY21 Budget
In this short presentation, The Arc of Massachusetts Executive Director Leo Sarkissian provides a snapshot of how the essential services provided to persons with intellectual and developmental are funded and require adjustments due to the pandemic.​ Our service system is an extension of the Commonwealth – it is primarily funded by the state with 50% federal reimbursement in most cases​. Persons with disabilities are at more risk. Their caregivers, family members, other caregivers whether in shared living, AFC, or residences are also at risk as they provide care. Staff in day settings also must assist in personal care.​ Watch to learn more.
Contact Governor Baker About The FY21 Budget
Though the formal 2021 budget process is at an end, we still need to address major gaps in funding through administrative changes or a supplemental budget. The Arc is asking for additional funding to stabilize the safety net, support individuals with disabilities and families, and prevent day program closures. Let’s move forward together to save our community’s safety net. Take action.
Wednesday, December 2 @ 7:00PM
Thanksgiving is now behind us, but what about December: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa? Parties, special events, and family traditions may take a backseat this year. Join Finora Rodriques and learn strategies and tips to help make the season festive in a different way. Register.
Thursday, December 3 @ 3:00PM
Friendships between students with and without disabilities are important to all, but even in the best of times they may be hard to foster. The pandemic has made social connections even more difficult. Join Jim Ross to talk about the importance of pursuing these friendships for youth and uncover tips on how to make them happen even during these trying times. Register.
Tuesday, December 8 @ 11:00AM
Join Andrew F and Kathleen Sullivan, Community Care Coordinators from Minuteman Senior Services. Topics discussed include Caregiver burnout: signs and symptoms, self-care tips to protect caregiver’s physical and emotional health and how to build connections and community resources. Register.

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