Ocala, FL. (September 1, 2009) – ARC Marion board of directors welcomes members of the community to attend an Open House of Group Home 1 located on the ARC Marion campus, 2800 SE Maricamp Rd., on Monday, September 21 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Group Home 1, originally built in 1978, is newly remodeled and will house eight developmentally disabled clients living at ARC Marion. The $400,000 refurbishing was funded primarily by a Marion County Community Development Block Grant approved by the Marion County Board of Commissioners in 2008.

“We are overjoyed with the look of the group home,” said Troy Strawder, CEO of ARC Marion. “It’s definitely a residence where the occupants can be proud to live there.” ARC Marion provides full-time residential housing for 53 clients. “All eight of the clients moving into the home have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and having them in a brand new home right here on campus will help us serve them better. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome!”

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. ARC serves over 250 clients annually and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors