We were so sad to learn that one of our longtime employment enclave members passed unexpectedly this month. David Grecco was only 34 years old. He loved attending The Arc's dances. David was a calm, quiet and kind young man; he was admired by his peers for his strong work ethic. David came to our programs in 2010 and immediately went to work at our former work site enclave program at Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). David later went to work at our Wal-Mart Distribution work site and remained employed there until he became ill earlier this month. David will be sorely missed!
At The Arc Nature Coast, we truly believe that “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve”. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
This upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, our chapter will be serving our local community through a grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). We are partnering with several local churches and food banks in Hernando and Pasco Counties to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to people in need. We are looking to partner with individuals, service clubs, etc. to join us in making a difference! Make it a day on, not a day off! Will you join us in making a difference? Contact us if you would like to get involved. To find opportunities in your area, contact us at The Arc Nature Coast or visit nationalservice.gov/mlkday.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office COPPS (Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving) and School Resource Deputies visited our Neff Lake Enrichment Campus this month for 'Lunch with a Cop'. The officers divided up and enjoyed lunch with our more than 40 participants in the life Skills Development Program. We truly enjoyed interacting with them-come back and see us again soon!
Fun at the Holiday Open House!
Each year, we host a Holiday Open House and invite those we serve, families, volunteers, supporters and the general public to attend. We were fortunate to have many special guests at this year's Open House.
We'd like to thank CInda Lillibridge from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office for making sure Santa arrived safe and sound. Everyone was delighted to see him and appreciated their gifts.
Thank you to the McGuire Family, who donated six 35 pound turkeys for our lunch! We are grateful for the wonderful group of volunteers from the Christian Church in the Wildwood; they prepared and served all the food to staff and guests. It was so nice that direct care staff were able to sit down, enjoy a meal and be served.
We were happy to also have Maurice and Tina Ryman of Marker 48 Brewing there as our guests, so that we could present them with a handmade thank you card and a plaque to show our appreciation for all their charitable contributions from Tap for a Cause, Oktoberfest and the Haunted House. they held at their brewery in October.
Members of our Neff Lake Enrichment Program saved up their money from the recycling program they participate in and donated $180.00 towards our campaign to construct a new Life Skills Center at Neff Lake.
Cain McEnerney, an 8th grade student at Gulf Coast Academy presented Mark Barry with $500.00 from a Scavenger Hunt fundraiser that he and his family put on in November. The Scavenger Hunt was Cain's fundraising project for a Pay it Forward Project at his school.
What a great open house is was.
We'd like to thank all the staff who put this event together.
You are appreciated!
We are so thankful for the folks at Alumi-Guard/Barrett Outdoor Living. Alumi-Guard has been a location of one of our work sites since 2008, employing approximately 16 individuals served by The Arc Nature Coast. They host a wonderful Holiday party for their employees and this year, they invited us to attend. After a delicious lunch was enjoyed and many prizes and gift cards were won, Chip Howison, Vice President of Production presented Mark Barry with a check for $2,000.00! We are so grateful for your support and appreciate that you continue to provide quality employment for those we serve!
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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 byPalmwood Constructionand funded through grants fromFlorida 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 email@example.com 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
Supporting The Arc's
Neff Lake Life Skills Center
We'd like to thank State Representative Blaise Ingoglia and staff, as well as Representative Ralph Massullo's Legislative Assistant, Adele for their recent visit to our Neff Lake Road Campus. Mark Barry presented our proposal for the new Life Skills Development Center at Neff Lake at a recent Legislative Delegation, and both Representatives took an interest in learning more about the project. We appreciate their support and hope you will thank and encourage them to continue to support this much needed project!
Pictured from left to right are: Mark Barry, Executive Director of The Arc Nature Coast, Teri Nichols, Board President and far right, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia.
The Arc Nature Coast will be hosting a Business After Hours Mixer at our New Port Richey location on Thursday, March 16th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Join us for food, drink and music in a festive
St. Patty's Day fashion!
We Hope to see you there! Please RSVP to Nancy
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The Arc Nature Coast has closed its Thrift Store in Pasco County. There are many, many Holiday items, clothes, shoes, furniture, jewelry, dishes, etc.available for purchase. The sale of these items will go towards raising funds to replace the flooring at our Life Skills Development Day Program in New Port Richey . The Thrift Store will be open to the public Friday & Saturday, January 13th & 14th from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.
We are looking for volunteers to assist.
If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact Naomi Brooks at (727) 376-2777 Extension 228.
The thrift store is located at 8726 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey, FL. 34653
Did you know that our Day Program calendars are available on our Facebook page and on our websiteunder 'Family Resources'. Check back monthly for the new calendars.
We'd like to thank Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to come out to our Christmas Dance and visit with everyone!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org