Rep. Wolkins Honors Arc of Wabash County

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored a resolution to honor Arc of Wabash County at the Statehouse. For 60 years, Arc of Wabash County has consistently provided services and opportunities for persons with disabilities to live meaningful lives.

“It is an honor to recognize the Arc of Wabash County in the House Chamber. This organization has impacted the lives of so many Hoosiers, and we are fortunate to have such an amazing group of individuals working in our community,” said Rep. Wolkins.

In 1954, the Arc of Wabash County began with a dedicated group of parents that wanted something better for their children with intellectual disabilities. At that time, since there was no special education program in public schools, these parents came together to created their own school for their children.

The original school was a home donated by one of the parents and then converted into a classroom. Families raised money through bake sales and other fundraisers to purchase supplies and hire a teacher. Originally called the School of Hope, Arc of Wabash County now serves approximately 200 children and adults annually.

“The benefits this institution provides for Hoosiers is immeasurable,” said Rep. Wolkins. “I am overwhelmed with pride for Arc of Wabash County and the positive impact it has made over the years.”

Visit www.arcwabash.org for more information about the Arc of Wabash County.

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Rep. Wolkins represents portions of Grant, Kosciusko, Miami and Wabash counties. He serves as Chairman of the Environmental Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Government Reduction. He also serves on the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.