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Family Support Services

This year’s Fund the Need segment is for the Family Support Services program!

 

From successful parent to parent support groups to a brand-new summer camp for children of all abilities from ages 6 – 21, Family Support Services is empowering families and individuals to live their best lives.

 

Click here to learn about our services, available resources broken down by different domains and stages of life, and our FAQ tab with frequently asked questions for more information.

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Family Support Services

This year’s Fund the Need segment is for the Family Support Services program!

From successful parent to parent support groups to a brand-new summer camp for children of all abilities from ages 6 – 21, Family Support Services is empowering families and individuals to live their best lives.

Click the link below to learn about our services, available resources broken down by different domains and stages of life, and our FAQ tab with frequently asked questions for more information.

Your Support Makes a Difference

Many will recognize Rachael, pictured to the left, from her story in our 2019 Fund the Need campaign for accessible housing. And, thanks to the support of our generous donors, our accessible housing campaign was a great success. Rachael is home, active in her community, and best friends with her roommate Alayna. Revisit Rachael’s story by clicking here to watch last year’s Fund the Need video.

Continue reading the stories below to learn about the difference that Family Support Services is making in our community. There are over 300 stories like those below from Family Support Services in just this last year alone. Your support toward this year’s Fund the Need campaign will help to ensure that there will be many more stories like these to come.

Family Support Services

Camp Sp’Arc: A Summer of Growth

For Nick, the first days of camp presented several challenges. As many of us can relate, there was the challenge of not wanting to get out of the car during drop off time. But then there were also deeper challenges and fears that prevented Nick from even talking during activities and being afraid of dogs on a serious level.

Nick is a trooper though and attended camp for three weeks, where consistent support from camp volunteers helped Nick to overcome these challenges. By the end of his time at camp, Nick was very talkative, jumping out of the car to see everyone at drop off time, and was even petting the camp therapy dog, Honor. Congratulations to Nick for a wonderful summer of growth with Camp Sp’Arc.

A Gift of Thanks

John and his sister Edy visited The Arc NCR to bring in a wonderful present for the Family Support Services (FSS) team in appreciation of helping them apply for and begin accessing the support they needed.

Family Support Services partners with individuals/families over “The Arc of a lifetime.” John has a wonderful and supportive family, but he wanted to expand his opportunities.  FSS supported John and his family with connections to resources, so he could more fully participate in his community and develop new relationships.

Navigating Resources

Family Support Services assists individuals and families through the complex process of navigating resources to meet their needs. Even for families who are not in crisis, it is very difficult to know what resources are available or how to even make use of them.

Christina is a hard worker who recently received her Associate’s degree, is working toward a Bachelor’s degree, and is also taking care of three young children. She reached out to Family Support Services during a time of crisis and was successfully connected with five local resource organizations who were able to meet different areas of need that Christina and her family had. Thanks to holiday donations, Family Support Services was also able to provide holiday meals and gifts to Christina and her family as they are continuing to build their lives back to normal.

“Dinner with the Guys”

A true regular week after week, Josh does not miss Dinner Club. Or, as he calls it, “Dinner with the Guys.”

While many of us may take going out to dinner for granted, not everyone can. From coordinating with friends in deciding what location to choose to calculating the tip on a bill, there are any number of areas where individuals with differing abilities may need support. However, The Arc NCR’s weekly Dinner Club provides individuals with the support they need to have a fun night out with friends and empowers them to become more independent in the process. Josh is now ordering his own meal, paying his own bill, and continuing to work with staff in figuring out the appropriate tip.