The Arc Gloucester has been empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities along with their families since 1957 through advocacy, education, and quality services.
Melissa brought her smart, loving, and sweet personality to The Arc Gloucester’s family 16 years ago. She attends one of The Arc Gloucester’s Achievement Centers during the day and currently resides at one of The Arc Gloucester’s residential homes.
Melissa’s mother, Leanna, expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the staff and services provided by The Arc Gloucester. “I never get the feeling that she is a burden, or that the staff are looking at her differently. We wanted to know that before we left this world, she would have a life of her own, she was with people that loved her, and she loved back. We don’t have to worry about that anymore since she has been at The Arc Gloucester.”
During her time with The Arc Gloucester, Melissa has gained independence, learned new skills, and found a variety of hobbies. The staff Melissa works with have helped her find her passion for cooking. Melissa practices daily living skills such as helping with laundry and other household chores. In addition to these new skills, Melissa has had opportunities to explore new things such as musicals at the Pitman Theater, trying new foods at restaurants or trips to the zoo.
“Melissa has grown so much as a person over the past 16 years; she has her own life,” Leanna shared. “The staff is remarkable; they put their clients first and I don’t know where we would be without The Arc Gloucester.”
Thanks to people like you, The Arc Gloucester can continue to provide programs and services to over 600 individuals and their families. These services empower our individuals to live independently, learn new skills, obtain employment, as well as receive the much-needed respite opportunities.
We move into 2023 with a renewed passion for the work we do and the individuals we serve. Thank you all for your continued commitment to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout our community.