Florida Insurance Trust exceeds expectations by donating $500.00 to the Advocacy Resource Center (ARC Marion). The donation will have a positive impact within ARC’s. FIT support their mission "To create opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work and play to the fullest capabilities in Marion County, as a model community, to embrace persons with disabilities and to help them support their dreams"
Services from ARC Marion:
SUPPORTED INDEPENDENT LIVING
Coaches assist adults for supported independent living. We provide guidance and support in money management, cooking, housekeeping, shopping, health, and other needs as well as helping clients find a place to live, meet roommates to share expenses, and even assist persons in buying their own home.
Our five Group Homes provide round-the-clock support and training in all aspects of daily living. Direct Care Staff are responsible for the direct training of the intellectually and physically disabled to include personal care, cooking, cleaning, shopping, transporting, laundry, yard and home maintenance. The goal of our staff is to help individuals develop personal goals for achieving greater levels of independence and community involvement.
EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a collaborative effort between ARC Marion, Inc., Marion County Schools and the Early Steps Program of Children’s Medical Services. We offer a comprehensive program for children with developmental delays from birth to age three and their families. The EIP offers play-based curriculum through a combination of small and large group activities. Occupational, speech and physical therapies are provided on site. Early Intervention offers support to the family and prepares the young child for public school or home-based education.
Coaches assist adults for supported employment. Job Coaches assist clients in finding jobs through assessment of work skill and interests, counseling, job matching and follow-along support. Job Coaches provide assistance to both employee and employer to ensure long-term successful employment.
ADULT DAY TRAINING
Adult Day Training (ADT) provides individualized support services
Advocacy-Resource-Center-Marion-portfolio-10For adults with all levels of intellectual and developmental disabilities to increase their levels of independence. We offer individualized specialty training in the following program areas: Daily Living, Janitorial, Lawn Service, Computer Skills, Recreation, Arts and Crafts, Health and Safety, Job Skills, Enclave Program and Transition program into Community Employment as well as offering a Senior Program and an Intensive Program. See More or Email the Director
**Have some “piece work” with which we could help? Call us at (352) 387-2210 or Contact the Director
ARTS & CRAFTS!
Daily ARC Marion clients are given the choice of what they would like to do for the day. Without exception, creating art projects brings joy to so many clients, and our art teacher, Lois Letourneau, is constantly giving them the opportunity to shine.
Recent Projects – The Healing Hearts exhibit, on display in the Appleton Museum of Art in September and October 2010, featured original art from various non-profit agencies in town showing the healing power of art. Sponsored by The Centers, each agency partnered up with local artists to learn new techniques and refine their skills. ARC Marion clients were paired with award winning photographer and artist, Kent Weakley, who helped them with their projects. Some of the art was sold at silent auction where ARC Marion client Buck Meadows’ piece sold for $250!
Also, for the third year in a row, ARC Marion client art was featured in the children’s workshop at the Fine Arts for Ocala (FAFO) Fall Arts Festival October 23-24, 2010. What makes this year’s projects unique is the art on display was created with supplies purchased from a FAFO grant given to ARC Marion in 2010!
Buy ARC Marion Art – A new endeavor for ARC Marion is the ARCtistic Expressions project. Boxed card sets are sold featuring original client art. Visit the Online Store to purchase some today.
Our Computer Lab
New touchscreen computers donated by Signature Brands in 2011. Thank you, Signature Brands!
Each day our clients are given the opportunity to choose what they would like to do throughout their day. One of their choices is working in the computer lab. All computers have learning programs installed which can help a person do anything from learning to budget their money to how to tell time. Some people even use them to compose their own short stories or write letters to their friends and families. All of the computers use touch screen technology so that even some of the most medically challenged clients can have opportunities to utilize the computer lab.
Intensive Learning and Care
Our intensive program is designed to work with profoundly disabled people. Their goals are usually more focused on daily living skills than with work-related skills. We use tactile therapies and other forms of stimulation to help our clients experience many things in life that may not have felt comfortable with before. Because of the level of need, this is a one to three and sometimes one to one learning environment.
Another option for clients every day is to consider recreational activities. Weather permitting, individuals can play basketball, four-square, Hoola-hoop and other activities outside. They also have the opportunity to get fit indoors doing exercise videos and other physical activities that meet their recreational abilities.
Senior Adult Living
The senior program was developed to meet the needs of an ever-growing age group here at ARC Marion. Many people were telling us they wanted to retire, so we developed this program in response and basically looked at what they might expect from retirement. There is no actual age limit and staffing is usually one to five. Daily, the group reads the newspaper and discusses current events. From time to time they do a group exercise video together or some other recreation activity as a group. Something many of them didn’t understand about retirement was the loss of a weekly paycheck. Therefore, seniors are given the opportunity to do a little contract work, so they can earn some money as much as they want to do. Arts & Crafts is a popular choice for seniors, especially seasonal items.
We provide vocational training to developmentally disabled adults through actual work experience. Companies (see a list here) in our community contract with us to do “piece rate” work (clients are paid a per piece salary). This allows the individual to grow skills at their own pace and develop other important abilities such as staying on task, manual dexterity, and working with others. We also travel to many of the contracted companies daily, with usually 10 clients and one staff person where they do similar work in an actual manufacturing environment. This gives our clients the opportunity to get real time experience but most importantly to also meet and become friends with others in the community who they otherwise might not have a chance to meet. Our staff to client ratio in the vocational area is one to 10.