The Northeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, is celebrating 60 years of service. A celebration will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.
The evening of dinner, dancing, and a silent auction will also recognize three distinguished individuals for their outstanding service to the Northeast Arc:
· Senator Fred Berry for more than three decades of advocating for people with disabilities
· Jim Ellard and New England Biolabs for 20 years of employing people with disabilities
· Jerry McCarthy upon his 35th anniversary as Executive Director of Northeast Arc
Over the years, the Northeast Arc’s programs have expanded to support children and adults with a broad range of disabilities. Today the organization serves nearly 7,000 people from 150 Massachusetts communities. Some of the vital programs the Northeast Arc provides include:
· Physical, social and cultural activities for individuals of all ages
School-to-Community transition services to help
young adults develop social and
· Employment training and job placement services to provide individuals with income and social opportunities
· Residential services which assure family members that their loved ones have a safe and happy home
· Early Intervention for newborns and toddlers
· The Autism Support Center for the region north of Boston
“This is going to be an amazing evening highlighting how far we have come in 60 years and set us up for continued success into the future,” said Jerry McCarthy, Executive Director, Northeast Arc. “We are particularly grateful to New England Biolabs for serving as the Diamond Sponsor of the gala. The company has been employing people with disabilities for more than 20 years and has been instrumental in encouraging other companies to do the same. They truly understand the value disabled individuals bring to the workplace and the community.”
Tickets to the Northeast Arc’s “Celebrating 60 Shining Years” gala are available now. In addition the Arc is looking for sponsors, donation of auction items, and advertisers for the event program book. If you are interested in supporting the Northeast Arc, please contact Director of Development Susan Ring Brown at (978) 624-2487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc was created in the 1950s by parents of children with disabilities who rejected the assumption that their children should be institutionalized. Now serving over 7,000 people annually in more than 150 Massachusetts cities and towns, Northeast Arc is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become full participants in the community, choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. The agency does this through a variety of programs, including Autism Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential and Transition. The agency also runs the ArcWorks Community Art Center on Foster Street in Peabody. Northeast Arc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 4th largest Arc in the country.