The ArcHive

Welcome to the September /October Edition of
The ArcHive Buzz

 We will "bee" closed on Friday, October 19th for In-Service Training

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Join us for our Annual Meeting Celebration! 
Won't You Join us for this Very Special Occasion? 
Job-A-Palooza a Big Hit!
What a great turnout we had for our first ever Job-A-Palooza! The event was sponsored by Vocational Rehabilitation and The Arc of Florida and was hosted by The Arc Nature Coast staff at our Education Center in Spring Hill. We had more than 50 students with disabilities between the ages of 14-21 who were paired up with over 50  peer mentors ages 16-24. 
The students selected 5 job skills they wanted to try, and the peer mentors assisted them in the selection process. At 10:00 AM, the students and peer mentors set out to test their job skills. They tried their hands at folding  pizza boxes at Papa Joe's station, counting money skills at the Cadence Bank table, folding towels at Holiday Inn Express' station, interview skills with Spherion Staffing, data entry in the computer lab with CFA Web Design and much , much more.  Students received  a feedback/score sheet from each of the business stations they visited. 
Volunteers grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, and Chick-fil-A provided their delicious chicken sandwiches. 
We had picnic tables set up outside, and corn hole, basketball, hula hoops and other games were available for a
little "chill time".
At the end of the day, all students were presented with an award (presenting the awards were Executive Director Mark Barry, Board members Teri Nichols & Mike Prescott, as well as superintendent of Schools, John Stratton and
school board member Linda Prescott, as well as Supervisor of Exceptional Student Services, Judy Everett.
We appreciate all the hard work that staff, volunteers, students, peer mentors and business partners who helped to make this even such a great success!
Click HERE to see a 30 second video produced by Nature Coast Technical School 
Click HERE to read about the event in the Hernando Sun!

Thank you to all our business partners who attended and supported this amazing event!! 

Advance Tech One

The Bistro Café

Cadence Bank

Carrabba's Italian Grill


CFA Web Designs

Coffee News

Cracker Barrel

Exit V.I.P. Realty
Goodyear Tire

Hernando County YMCA

Hernando Sun
Holiday Inn Express

Pasco Hernando State College

Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant

Publix Supermarkets

Roe Insurance

Spherion Staffing

Tonya's Nails


Lowe's Heroes Beautify Neff Lake Estates
We were so privileged to be selected by Lowe's of Brooksville to be the recipient of their Lowe's Heroes project recently.
Members of the Lowe's team created a beautiful outdoor space for the 24 residents who live at our 4 Neff Lake Estates group homes in East Hernando County.
A wooded area located between two of the homes was cleared by our maintenance staff. 
Clyde Daniel Construction donated crushed concrete for the foundation area where two large gazebos would be placed.  Oldcastle Pavers in Tampa donated patio stones and concrete (and muscle).
Lowe's contributed two beautiful gazebos, 
tables, chairs, plants, soil and mulch; as well as the sand to level the spots where the gazebos were erected.

A number of Lowes' employees provided the labor and they worked very hard in the September heat. . All told, the entire project took two days to complete. The project came out so beautiful, and our residents are already enjoying their new space.

Thank you so much to all the folks who helped to make this project possible!
Read more in the Hernando Sun HERE
Beauty by Bene 
 We'd like to thank the folks at Bene Career Academy  for inviting us to their academy to  receive complimentary haircuts and manicures in preparation for our Summer Sizzler Dance on Friday, August 24th.  We appreciate that you invite us to your academy and everyone truly loves the experience and really enjoy being pampered. Thank you, Bene's!
 Recognizing Supporter, Mel Greene.
On Thursday,  August 16th, Connie Calub, The Arc Nature Coast Program Director presented long-time Rotarian, Mel Greene with a singed group photo from our Neff Lake Campus program participants. This was in acknowledgement of a  $5,000.00 contribution that Mr. Greene made towards our Life Skills building at Neff Lake
We are grateful to all those who have supported this project thus far. 
. Click HERE to read more.
Active Shooter Training 
On Friday, August 10th, Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies Spooner and Deso conducted an Active Shooter Training  at our Education Center during The Arc's in-service training session. We are appreciative of their time and guidance. Pictured are L-R; Deputy Jason Deso,  Connie Calub,The Arc's Program Director and Deputy Matt Spooner.
Philanthropy Begins at Home...
Brooke and her mom, Christie stopped by our Neff Lake Road Campus recently to donate an assortment of items for our program participants. Brooke rearranged and cleaned her bedroom and cleared some items she no longer needed and she decided to donate them to our Neff Lake Life Skills Program. The haul included DVD movies, arts & crafts supplies, puzzles, books and more. Thank you so much for thinking of us, Brooke! 
To Support The Arc Nature Coast! 
For additional information or to volunteer, please call (352) 606-2509  or click HERE to learn more. 
Proceeds contributed to The Arc Nature Coast from this Halloween Haunted House will be placed in our restricted funds account for our future Life Skills Development Center at Neff Lake. Learn more HERE
Become a Part of our Legacy Society Today! 
Thank you to all of those who have recently joined The Arc Nature Coast Legacy Society. Your generosity will provide significant benefits to those we serve now and in the future. 
Thank you from those we serve, their families and all of us at The Arc Nature Coast! 
For additional information, contact Mark or Nancy at 352) 544-2322 or email us at
Donate Your Car, Boat, Motor Home,
Jet Ski, Motorcycle, Trailer...
September is National Preparedness Month 
  Mark Barry, Executive Director of The Arc Nature Coast recently attended a presentation of Resolution 2018-122  from Hernando County Board of County Commissioners proclaiming September as National Preparedness Month by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the As Council as part of the national Ready Campaign. 
Residential Associates Needed
Full and part time positions available at two of our group home locations in Hernando & Pasco Counties. AA degree or 1 year experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities or related field of nursing/education or social/behavioral/rehabilitative services.
Inquiries call Donna at (352) 544-2322, extension 111 or e mail
5283 Neff Lake Rd Brooksville, FL 34601-8018
United Way of Hernando County Fundraiser
Free Entry at Seafood Festival
For Individuals with Disabilities  

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central is hosting the Nature Coast Seafood Festival on Saturday, November 3rd at Linda Pederson Park.  They are offering FREE admission (normally $5.00 per person) for all those served by The Arc Nature Coast, their caregivers and up to 4 family members.

They are requesting that you go to the Will Call Desk at the entrance to check in for free.

They are also providing golf carts at the parking area to assist those with mobility issues with a ride to the entrance.

The purpose of this event is to raise funds to add an accessible water feature area at Anderson Snow Park for all individuals with disabilities.

They are also looking for volunteers (who have experience working with individuals with disabilities) to work the games/activities area. If you can help, contact Alex Harding HERE

If you'd like to volunteer to run a shift at The Arc’s booth, please contact Nancy HERE

For more information regarding the festival, visit

Fun at Papa Joe's! 
We had a great time at Papa Joe's Pasta Fest on October 2nd. Papa Joe's celebrates their anniversary each year by inviting the community to come out for an all you can eat pasta fest for 99 cents, as well as music, dancing and games-all  to support local charities! We always enjoy participating and helping to support great causes in our community! Happy 37th  Anniversary, Papa Joe's! 
Click here to learn more!
For Details, Click HERE
Click Here To Learn More About our Future Life Skills Center
'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!
Man with Autism Shares Brilliant TED Talk About Life on the Spectrum
Cubs Fan With Down Syndrome Sang The National Anthem at Wrigley And It’s Amazing
Businesses Increasingly Hiring People With Disabilities
Early Aging Presents Challenges For Those With Down Syndrome
Target clothing line made for children with disabilities
Air Travelers With Disabilities To Get ‘Bill Of Rights’
Kids Meet a Person with Down Syndrome | Kids Meet
“I’m Scared That I’m Going to Die Before Liam Can Live Independently:” This Dad’s Account Is So Raw
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.

Looking for guest speakers for your civic or service club?

We'd be happy to speak to your group! Please give us a call or e mail today.
(352) 544-2322, ext 109. 
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
Click here to make your contribution to The Arc Nature Coast today!
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The ArcHive Buzz September/October,  2
018, Issues 9, 10-Volume 6
 5283 Neff Lake Road Brooksville, FL 34601-8018
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