As the holiday season approaches and as Thanksgiving festivities wind down, I find myself incredibly thankful for the many blessings in my life and for the many good people and organizations who bless our community.
I feel especially thankful for those organizations which serve special needs children and adults. Raising a special needs child, comes with a unique set of challenges and two organizations work incredibly hard to support families in ensuring their special needs family member can live a full life. Evansville ARC and Jacobs Village are two organizations we are incredibly blessed to have.
For almost sixty years, Evansville ARC has fought for all individuals with mental and physical disabilities to be regarded as contributing members of society and for needed resources to be made available to them. I am very passionate about their cause and am dedicated to supporting legislative measures that make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Educating the public on what individuals with developmental disabilities CAN do has been one of the greatest accomplishments of Evansville ARC. This is epitomized by the thriving, for-profit distribution facility operated by ARC Industries that employs around 200 disabled individuals.
It is also epitomized by the beautiful pieces of art produced by the developmentally disabled adults who go to Evansville ARC. These beautiful pieces of art are created by the community at large and are such a great example of what happens when community members come together.
Another great community that serves special needs adults is Jacobs Village. Inevitably, a time will come when family members will need to entrust the care of their developmentally disabled loved one to others and Jacob’s Village is ready to join the family team by providing a loving home for the special needs adult.
Jacob’s Village, opened in 2004 by the Guagenti family, is a residential community for adults with functional disabilities. Jacob’s Village is a wonderful place that provides families the reassurance that their child will be well cared for and loved in a new home.
We are blessed to have these two wonderful organizations in our community that provide needed and vital services to those with developmental disabilities.