People like you make our work possible! When you contribute to The Arc Minnesota, you make a lasting impact in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.
Prior to our merger in 2018, there were 31 counties in Minnesota that did not benefit from the presence of an Arc chapter. Now, as a statewide organization, we are able to support those communities, and many more, by providing individualized services that help families navigate the critical issues of today and plan for a brighter tomorrow.
The Arc is here to ensure that people with disabilities have the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives. We are in their corner to support their needs, fight for their human rights, and help co-create an equitable society where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have true belonging.
I would like to share with you a few stories from the people The Arc supported across Minnesota over the last year.
We helped people achieve their goals, like Steven in Wright County. He wanted to move from a group home to his own apartment, but wasn’t sure how to start this process. With the support of an Arc advocate, Steven was able to find a place of his own, and is living the life he wants.
The Arc Minnesota is there for families as they go through change and uncertainty, like the Jones Family. They moved from out of state to Sibley County and needed to know how this would affect their children’s public benefits. After an assessment and dialogue with the family, they decided that The Arc’s planning services would help their family think long-term about their future.
Some folks needed support with navigating complicated government systems in order to achieve their goals, like Madison from Chippewa County. Her mother reached out to us about support for Medical Assistance and an Arc advocate was able to guide them through the TEFRA application process.
By supporting The Arc Minnesota, you are creating space for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Minnesota to thrive. Not only through opportunities for them to achieve their goals, but by helping to rewrite the narrative about what people with disabilities are capable of, creating a new and equitable community.