Spring 2017

The WOOF Newsletter
We hope this newsletter helps to keep you up to date with all of the exciting things happening at arcBARKS!

Here's a peek at what we've been up to...
Upcoming Community & arcBARKS Events / Resources
Lowes Foods Community Table Event
Location: 5034 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Date: Saturday, July 29th 10:00am-12:00pm

arcBARKS will be at a Community Table event at Lowes Foods in Winston-Salem! Anyone interested in participating should contact Don or Jessica by July 21 at 5:00 pm. It will be a fun event where we talk to customers about our program and pass out samples!
GSAG Bingo Night Fundraiser
Location: Church of the Covenant
501 S. Mendenhall St.
Greensboro, NC 27403

Date: Tuesday, July 27th 6:00-8:00pm

Bring friends and family out to a fun night of bingo! Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. $5 donation and/or canned foods will be accepted as admission to the event.
Summer Computer Classes at HandyCapable Network 
Location:  415 N. Edgeworth Street, Suite 175, Greensboro, NC 27401

Handy Capable Support Network offers hands-on learning opportunities for ages 10  including Computer Build Camp, Basic Skills Camp and Intro to Code. If you would like to register, visit www.handycapable.org or call 336-209-7360. They also welcome youth and adult volunteers during the Summer and on Saturdays.
Lebauer Park Movie Nights

Time: Movies start at sunset

Location: 208 N. Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

Lebauer Park will host eight free movie nights on Fridays from July 21st-September 15th at their outdoor cinema. These events are free and open to the public.

For more info about all of the programs and events being taking place at Lebauer Park this summer, please visit their  WEBSITE. 


Location: HorsePower Therapeutic Learning Center [8001 Leabourne Road, Colfax, NC 27235]

Phone: (336) 931-1424

HORSEPOWER’s mission is to promote and enhance the welfare of individuals with disabilities by providing a program of therapeutic, educational and recreational value, and further, to empower individuals who are intellectually, physically, emotionally and/or socially challenged through the use of horses, while providing therapeutic benefits in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Monthly Parent Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs
[Hosted by Family Support Network of Central Carolina]
When we are faced with a child's disability, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, and alone. The Family Support Network of Central Carolina offers a range of FREE parent support groups to offer parents an understanding and caring community. Please call or e-mail for more information, including meeting dates and locations.

Phone: (336) 832-6507

E-mail: support@fsncc.org.

Sprout's travel and recreation programs are dedicated to helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities grow through challenging and safe travel experiences and social
activities. Their film programs invite
you to experience film and video
featuring people with I/DD. Please call
for more  information.

Phone: (212) 222-9575
arcBARKS Program Holiday Schedule

ArcBARKS typically follows the yearly holiday schedule of The Arc of Greensboro. Please note we will be closed on the following dates. Feel free to contact Jessica or Don if you have any questions. 
  • Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4th)
  • Labor Day (Monday, September 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
arcBARKS Program Developments
The Arc of Greensboro created a video that is a great representation of a typical day at arcBARKS. Check out the video and please feel free to share it with friends, family and others in the community!   
Enrollment Update
  • There are 18 bakers enrolled in our program, which means that the program is at 90% capacity.
  • Current  open enrollment slots:
       - Monday:1
       - Thursday: 1
       - Friday: 2  
Tuition Update Reminder
The arcBARKS daily tuition rate will increase from $24 to $30 per day as of July 1, 2017. The program operates on a six-hour shift from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Based on the number of scheduled weekly shifts, the flat monthly tuition rates are listed below in yellow.

Please note that the program charges tuition on a 48-week per year basis, which yields the # of free/unpaid days per year. We have chosen to utilize this system to avoid the cost and complexity of tracking vacation, sick days and other absences.
Program Adaptations 

We're always looking for new ways to adapt our program in order to assist our bakers in learning new skills and gaining independence. Here are a few of our recent modifications:
Treat Dough Patty Press

We now have a burger-patty press that bakers can use to form the treat dough into patty shapes after its been mixed. By pressing the dough into a patty shape, it allows for the dough to be rolled out more evenly through the dough sheeter.
More Open Space & Blue Paint

We moved the dough sheeter (pictured left) against the wall in order to provide more space near the oven. The dough sheeter was previously in the center of the kitchen area, by the oven, and the area would often become congested. We also painted the bakery a light blue color.

Table Boundaries & Seating Arrangements

Rather than having the 4 large work tables pushed together as 1 large table, we separated the tables into 2 separate groups, with 2 tables each. Pink duct tape was also added down the center of the tables to create work area boundaries. Yellow arrows with bakers' names and photos are also being utilized as place cards for assigned seating. We have observed that the combination of these 3 elements has helped to improve focus.
Happy Birthday!
Business Developments
  • This Spring arcBARKS added several new wholesale customers in Greensboro and around the state! arcBARKS is now available at Ninja Cow Farm in Raleigh (Coolest Name Ever 😊),  Wheelbarrow Home and Gift Gallery in Selma, NC, and Joymongers Brewery in Downtown Greensboro.  Also, we are in the process of finalizing a wholesale relationship with Swoozies in Greensboro.  

  • If anyone has any ideas or contacts at any stores in large NC metro areas such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem, Asheville, or Wilmington, please contact Don! He appreciates any leads! He can be emailed at dscales@arcbarks.com or reached on his cell at 336-413-2132.
  • Also, arcBARKS will be at a Community Table event at Lowes Foods in Winston-Salem on Saturday, July 29 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Don or Jessica by July 21 at 5:00 pm. It should be a fun event where we talk to customers about our program and pass out samples!

  • Business Volunteers Needed! arcBARKS needs help delivering product to stores in Greensboro. Every Thursday or Friday arcBARKS delivers to local stores in the community. Contact Don or Jessica if you would like to help! 

  • arcBARKS is also developing a new flavor of treat! It will be gluten-free and grain free to follow trends in the pet-treat market. Expected launch date is October 2017.

  • Are you following us on Facebook & Instagram? We post photos and videos several times per week! Click on the links below to access our accounts.
Reminders & Contact Information
Thank you for all of your support! Stay tuned for more updates from arcBARKS Dog Treat Company in our Summer newsletter!  

arcBARKS Website
arcBARKS Dog Treat Company

2823-C Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC, 27403
arcBARKS Staff

Jessica Camire, Program Manager 

Don Scales, Business Manager

Lisa Bowles, Bakery Assistant (Monday-Wednesday)

Nancy Overby, Bakery Assistant (Thursday & Friday)
  • Jessica Camire and Don Scales are available for any questions, concerns or meetings after 3:00pm. 

  • Please submit an extra set of clothing so that we have them on hand for emergencies. Thank you!

  • This is a reminder that all chefs and their families are welcome to attend any arcBARKS or community events that are listed in the event section of the newsletter. We hope to see more familiar faces at any of our upcoming events!
arcBARKS Dog Treat Company | 336-285-9067|  info@arcbarks.com | www.arcbarks.com
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