Ocala, FL. (February 4, 2008) – The ARC Marion proudly announces they have reached “Achieving” status, the highest level possible, following a recent organization-wide survey.

Delmarva, the Florida Statewide Quality Assurance Program for Developmental Disabilities, completed their week-long monitoring of ARC clients and staff which included personal interviews with clients and determined that ARC’s organizational practices deserve the highest level of recognition. Other rankings possible from Delmarva include not emerging, emerging and implementing.

“This achievement is very hard and unusual for a large agency,” said Troy Strawder, CEO of ARC Marion. “I was actually told by a surveyor several years ago that we could never reach this level. Achieving status is normally reserved for small companies with one or two clients.” ARC Marion serves 58 clients through support programs and additionally has 156 clients in Adult Day Training, 36 children in the Early Intervention Program and 56 clients living in ARC group homes.

“Our motto is ‘Clients First,’ and our staff puts it into practice every day,” Strawder continued. “The state has now recognized that our organization has consistent practices of self-determination and person-centered support programs for all of our clients, something I’ve known for years! I am so proud of our staff and everyone at ARC who has helped to make this goal a reality.”
ARC Marion, established in 1959, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with the mission: to create opportunities for persons with disabilities to live, work and play to the fullest of their capabilities in Marion County. ARC stands for Advocacy Resource Center. They serve over 250 clients annually, employ 140 and are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Heart of Florida Hope Foundation, established in 2001, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with the mission: to encourage the philanthropic support of ARC Marion, so they may improve the care and training of the developmentally disabled in our community.