The ArcHive

Welcome to the February Edition of
The ArcHive Buzz.  

The Arc will be closed Monday, February 20th in Observance of President's Day. 

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Thanks to a grant from Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), The Arc Nature Coast was one of 10  Arc chapters selected to execute volunteer projects to 'unite Americans in service' in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  These projects were designed to serve those who are experiencing food insecurity. 
The Arc Nature Coast partnered with Beasley Farms  in Brooksville. Joann and Rolo were great to work with, and helped us to select a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables that we planned to distribute to those in need in our community. 
On Friday, January 13, under the direction of Ms.Gina Hall, more than 35 students from the Fox Chapel Middle School Beta Club ascended upon our Education Center to help us in packaging more than 500 bags of fresh vegetables. What hard workers these young students are! We also had the help of Wings of Service,  a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing service learning opportunities to children of all ages. It was great to have the parents and students there helping! We also had our wonderful friends, John & Marietta DiRienzo and John Hickman there to help. Participants from our Education Center helped as well and the bags were packed and sorted in just a few short hours!
Each of our four Life Skills Development locations partnered with local food banks to join their volunteers to distribute all these fresh vegetables to those in need. We visited at total of 5 food banks in Hernando and Pasco Counties during the 3rd and fourth weeks in January. Altogether, we delivered nearly 150 cases of fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 500 families in need in Hernando and Pasco counties.We are proud of this accomplishment and can't thank our volunteers enough for all their help. We appreciate the help of The Arc of the United States   for assisting us in securing the funds needed to carry out this project. 
Thank you to all who played a part in this worthwhile project! 
 Joann and Ryan are all smiles as they polish silverware at their new jobs at Carrabba's Italian Grill in New Port Richey. The Arc Nature Coast is seeking more onsite work partnerships such as these.
We're thrilled to have recently formed a partnership with Carrabba's Italian Grill in New Port Richey. Monday through Friday, a crew of individuals from our Life Skills Development, accompanied by an Arc staff member, are driven to the restaurant where they shine, polish and roll the silverware that is used at the restaurant daily.  A total of 6 individuals served by The Arc Nature Coast are now employed through this partnership. We have had a similar program in place at our Brooksville Carrabba's for just over 5 years and it has been a wonderful partnership. For additional information about our employment programs, please contact us at
Register Now! 11th Annual Spring Lake 5K & 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk


100+ Women Who Care - Florida Nature Coast Chapter Meeting Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (social time starts at 6:00).  Meeting at The Arc Nature Coast Education Center located at 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill (the entrance is actually on Partridge Street).  All women are invited to join this philanthropic group supporting non-profit organizations serving our local communities.  Together we can make a difference and improve lives!  You can contact us at or by phone (Mary Crouse 352-573-8561 or Vicki Zinn 727-512-4398).  Please join us and bring a friend!

The Center for Future Planning™
Learn how to create a guide for an adult with I/DD to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is especially important for the future when the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support. More.
Donation of TV makes Kerri's day! 
We'd like to thank John Hickman (pictured above) for coming to the rescue with a TV for Kerri. Kerri recently moved into  Neff Lake Estate #2 and her TV suddenly broke; but she simply was unable to afford a new one. John read about Kerri's dilemma on our Facebook page and just happened to have an extra 27" flat screen TV that he delivered to Kerri personally. Kerri was so thrilled, she couldn't wait to get it installed!
John also has been very helpful in assisting us at our dances and other events. Thank you so much for being a great friend to The Arc Nature Coast, John!
While making your online  purchases, please select Amazon Smile and The Arc Nature Coast and we will receive a percentage of the sale!
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Neff Lake Estates #2 & #3-our two newest group homes-are completed and occupied! On November 1st, five residents moved into Neff Lake Estate #2. On December 1st, Ann Marie and Tammy moved into Neff Lake Estate 3. Property has been cleared for the fourth home on this site and construction will be getting underway in the weeks ahead. We also will be constructing a new home on our property in Shady Hills sometime next year (see site photo above) . These homes, built by Palmwood Construction and funded through grants from Florida Housing Finance Corporation,  Each  home has 6 private bedrooms and are fully accessible. For additional information or to tour our campus, give us a call at (352) 544-2322, extension 109 or e mail us at To learn more about our expansion, please click here. 
We are currently seeking donations of decorative items, small furniture groupings, patio furniture, etc. for the 2 newest homes.  If you would like to contribute, please contact our development office at (352) 544-2322, extension 109 or e mail us HERE
The Arc US needs our families' input! 
TAKE THE 2017 Seeking dissemination assistance with the 2017 Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey
'This Month's Tidbits'
This section includes links to articles that we think may be of interest to you. Just click on the box and it will take you to your selected news!
Marine Stands up to Drill Sergeant for Calling Him the 'R Word'
This Man With Down Syndrome Is Now a Sworn-In Reserve Officer
10 Celebrities With Children on the Autism Spectrum
21 Signs You Might Be the Parent of a Child with Down Syndrome
Wandering Poses Challenges For New Medicaid Waiver Rules
Individuals with Disabilities Can Now Save Without Penalty.
To the People Who Ask If My Child Is 'High-Functioning'
Teen With Down Syndrome Brushes Off Bullying and Breaks Into Modeling
This Mom Created Coloring Books That Feature Kids With Disabilities
Did you know that our Day Program calendars are available on our  Facebook page and on our  website   under 'Family Resources'. Check back monthly for the new calendars.

Future Life Skills Center at Neff Lake Campus
Click Here to Learn More About Our Neff Lake Campus Expansion Plans!
Curious about planned giving? We have two new brochures available free of charge that will help you to take the guesswork out of estate planning. Give us a call at (352) 544-2322, extension 109 or e mail us and we'll send your choice (or both!) of the above brochures. If you are an estate planning professional and wish to have these brochures (we'll also provide a brochure display holder), give us a call today! Click here to learn more. 
Our wills guide is now available. For your complimentary copy, call us at (352) 544-2322, extension 109 or e mail us at
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The ArcHive Buzz, February
, 2017, Issue 2, Volume 4
5283 Neff Lake Road Brooksville, FL 34601-8018
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