My first year as CEO has been a challenging, productive, and rewarding one. We have completed a total remodel of the workshop that is used by our Adult Day Training (ADT) using funds obtained from a Community Development Block Grant (CDGB). This allows us to provide services for even more people in the ADT program. On the challenging front, we continue to implement federal and state mandates that increase our costs, but must do this without any increase in funding from the same government entities.
To offset the lack of funding, and to maintain our high level of service to our clients, ARC’s fundraising events were very successful this past year. ARC’s partnership with the Marion County Roadbuilders Association to put on the 17th Annual Florida Feast and together with the Marion County Building Industry Association, ARC put on the 11th Annual King of the Wing. Both were record setting events! We also partnered with Warhorse Harley for two events this past year; the 4th Annual Ocala Bike Fest and a new event the Car & Bike Show.
As always, the proceeds that we receive from our fundraising events along with general contributions from people like you are extremely important to ARC. These monies help close the gap between the funding that ARC receives from the state and the actual costs to run our programs. Remember, the state of Florida is dead last when it comes to funding services for the developmentally and intellectually disabled.
Because of the additional space added in ADT, the increased occupancy in the group homes, and increased support from the community through our fundraising events and contributions, I look forward to another very successful year serving our developmentally and intellectually disabled clients.
Feel free to give us a call to schedule a tour of the campus. Please be sure to stop by the campus to purchase your Christmas tree from us this year! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you so much for your continued support!