The  Beacon Newsletter 
October 2017

"Keep shining through; you may be a lighthouse to someone trying to make it." 

Caroline Naoroji

   Achieve with us.



Thank you to everyone who came out to support The Arc of the South Shore at the 30th Annual Louis Bailey Golf Tournament on Monday, September 18th. The day was quite rainy and cold, but our supporters prevailed and raised crucial funds for our programs.

We would like to thank our sponsors, donors, Harvard Pilgrim volunteers and staff for another fantastic tournament! Each year, we sincerely appreciate the support from our local community and the Bailey family for making this annual event possible.                              
Arc Board Member, Norm Racicot, 
with  Neil Harrington.
Harvard Pilgrim volunteers.


CDBS goflers with Bob Beach.
Castle Island picnic.
The autumn chill is upon us and The Arc's CBDS individuals have been taking advantage  of the great weat her! 
Recently, our individuals went out for a fun golf clinic to practice their skills together at Braintree Municipal Golf Course. Thank you so much to golf professional, Bob Beach, for providing a private lesson!

Another group also got to enjoy a beautiful, sunny day at Castle Island 
in South Boston, where they had a nice walk outside and capped the afternoon off with a picnic lunch.

Tea party attendees with George Toma.

CBDS individuals celebrated the start of fall by hosting a tea party in The Arc's conference room with staff and friends from the community, including Board of Directors, Arthur Davies, Lou Rizzo, Maria Plante and George Toma. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! 


The Arc of the South Shore has a new committee - the Employee FUN Committee (EFC)! This committee is comprised of a group of Arc staff members who are dedicated to creating fun employee engagement events throughout the year. 

The EFC kicked off the beginning of its program by recently hosting a delicious pizza afternoon. Arc  employees were able to sit outside and hang out with their peers  from different  programs during lunch. It was a fantastic turnout!

Coming up in 2017 and 2018, the EFC has committed

to host 4 signature events, including a dinner dance, 
karaoke night, bowling and summer BBQ for staff and their family members!

In addition to the signature events, the EFC plans to host more lunch socials, yoga workshops, cultural activities and so much more!!!

The Arc of the South Shore would like to introduce you to one of our newest Board of Directors, Lou Rizzo. He originally came to The Arc many years ago when his daughter, Marykate, was in need of our services. As a parent, his first concern was to find a program that Marykate would enjoy and also benefit her well-being.
Lou Rizzo pictured with his wife, Deb

She especially enjoyed the Saturday programs at The Arc. Rizzo  was impressed with The Arc and wanted to continue to give back to the place Marykate sought support.  As a board member, Rizzo wants to raise more awareness for The Arc and teach more people in the community about the programs we offer. He recognizes that branding is more important than ever before as we grow and expand our programs. When Rizzo thinks of the The Arc, he feels it symbolizes bringing people together and taking care of them from first early intervention years, all the way through the course of life. 

When he is not dedicating his time to The Arc, Rizzo works for Senator Patrick O'Connor as his District Coordinator serving Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Marshfield and Duxbury. His regular duties as District Coordinator include monthly meetings at the Council on Aging Centers within each town. During these meetings, senior constituents are invited to join in and seek assistance for a problem they may have. Rizzo also attends events with Senator O'Connor including memorials, grand openings, business visits, veteran events, parades, etc. Before working for Senator O'Connor, Rizzo worked for UPS for more than 39 years before he decided to retire and start a new chapter. 

Outside of work and board member duties, Rizzo enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, working in his yard and hitting the beach. He loves to stay busy and even found the time to speak to our CDBS individuals about his job and family!
Upcoming Events and Programs

MASS Advocate Standing Strong
20th Annual Conference
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Royal Plaza Best Western Hotel
181 Boston Post Road W
Marlborough, MA 01752
9:00am - 4:00pm

One of our individuals from the CBDS program, Michael K., will be speaking at the MASS Advocate Standing Strong conference at the workshop, Overcoming Obstacles. Michael will be discussing working independently and playing sports with a visual impairment. If you are interested in attending the conference, please register by Wednesday, October 11th. Everyone at The Arc wishes Michael the best of luck!

Exploring Disne y Animation - Monsters, Inc.
Sunday O ctober 15, 2017 
South Shore YMCA, Emilson Branch Heritage Room
75 Mill St., Hanover
3:00pm - 5:00pm

This offering is ideal for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or those seeking to improve social skill development.  Members should be able to participate in a 1:6 ratio. Those needing additional support are welcome to bring a support aide to the group.

Totally Team Trivia  
Saturday, October 21, 2017
South Shore Plaza
250 Granite Street
Braintree, MA 02184
1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Arc of the South Shore is proud to support The Braintree Rotary Club by being a participating sponsor at "Totally Team Trivia." This is a popular event at South Shore Plaza and will help support educational and local community projects funded by Braintree Rotary Club. Be sure to stop by center court of the Plaza to check out the excitement!

The Arc National Convention, San Diego, CA
November 2 - 4, 2017
Sheraton Hotel and Marina, San Diego, CA

Transition from School to Adult Life 
A statewide all day conference for parents
Saturday, November 4, 2017
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester

A statewide all-day conference for families , introducing state-of-the-art, best practices around Transition, covering topics focused  up creating seamless, successful transitions in the adult world.  Workshops will cover education in the school system, employment , post-secondary education, community involvement, self determination, independent  living skills, financial and legal considerations, eligibility for services and many others!
Exploring Disney Animation - Ratatouille
Sunday, November 5, 2017 
South Shore YMCA, Emilson Branch Heritage Room
75 Mill St., Hanover
3:00pm - 5:00pm

This offering is ideal for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or those seeking to improve social skill development.  Members should be able to participate in a 1:6 ratio. Those needing additional support are welcome to bring a support aide to the group.
The Arc of the South Shore
371 River Street
North Weymouth, MA  02191 
781-335-3023 ~ telephone
781-335-3682 ~ fax

            Achieve with us.