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Arc Carroll County Announces Annual Dinner and Community Award Winners




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The Arc Announces Community Awards Winners

(Westminster, MD) April 22, 2015 — The Arc Carroll County congratulates the winners of this year’s Annual Dinner and Community Awards.

The 2015 Annual Dinner and Community Awards event will be held on May 12, 2015  at The Portico at St. John.

The Arc Community Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of Carroll County residents who make significant contributions to the intellectual and developmental disabilities community. The awards also celebrate the achievements of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Lynn Davis, The Arc’s Board President, selected Greg Kahlert and The Kahlert Foundation as this year’s President’s Award recipient.

“I am delighted with this year’s honorees,” said Don Rowe, The Arc Carroll County’s executive director. “Their contributions and accomplishments brings The Arc’s mission, vision and values to life. Congratulations to each winner and thank for your dedication to The Arc.”

Awards and winners include:

  • WAMM Special Appreciation Award –Martha Metcalf, Westminster, Md.
  • Public Service Award –Delegate Susan Krebs and Senator Justin Ready, Annapolis, Md.
  • Volunteer of the Year – Douglas C. Myers, Mt. Airy, Md.
  • Employer of the Year – Simple Cell, Eldersburg, Md.
  • Spirit of Independence Award – Mike Hughes, Westminster, Md.
  • Spirit of Independence Award – Kathy Hughes, Hampstead, Md.
  • President’s Award –Greg Kahlert, The Kahlert Foundation, Sykesville, Md.
  • Special Education Professional of the Year – Sue Elseth, Piney Ridge Elementary, Sykesville, Md.
  • Timothy J. Atkinson Award for Advocacy –Danielle Ogle, Westminster, Md.

The Arc Carroll County is one of about 700 chapters nationwide. The Arc Carroll County supports nearly 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through vocational, residential, educational and transportation programs and services.  The organization is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 12 program areas, which assures quality of services. For more information on The Arc Carroll County visit www.arccarroll.com or call 410-848-4124.



Congrats Jacob!

Jacob Gallagher lands his first paying job at The Salvation Army

Jacob Gallagher lands his first paying job at The Salvation Army.

Jacob Gallagher stood outside of Boscov’s department store on a cool, dreary day with a bell in his hand and a smile on his face.

Jacob is a bell ringer for The Salvation Army.  Jacob is 26. This is his first job ever. He is making $8 an hour, and he could not be happier.

“My third day is today,” Jacob said. “I love it.”

This week folks will see Jacob outside of Boscov’s department store, but his job will also take him to Walmart, Target and Giant Food Stores.

Jacob is hoping this seasonal job will help him land a permanent job after the holidays.

Jacob  has plans of getting an apartment of his own one day. A job will help with that.

“It’s important to me,” he said.

If you see Jacob while you are out doing your holiday shopping, please say hello and congratulate him on his job!

The Arc Carroll County receives International CARF Accreditation



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The Arc Carroll County receives International CARF Accreditation

(Westminster, MD) Nov. 21, 2014 – The Arc Carroll County has been accredited by CARF International in nine key areas of service.

CARF, which stands for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, provides accreditation to health and human service providers. They visited The Arc in October and reviewed nine core areas of our programs and services. CARF accredited The Arc Carroll County in the following areas:

  • Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
  • Community Employment Services: Job Development
  • Community Housing
  • Community Integration
  • Family Services
  • Personal Supports Services
  • Respite Services
  • Supported Living
  • Transition Services

The accreditation is for three years and will extend through November 2017. CARF accreditation shows The Arc’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality.

“This report is our best ever, since we began the accreditation process and is indicative of the high quality services provided by a large team of dedicated and mission focused staff members,” said Don Rowe, The Arc Carroll County’s executive director.

Among the strengths highlighted in the CARF report is The Arc Carroll County’s commitment to the people it services.

“The Arc Carroll County is commended on its strong person-centered approach to service delivery,” according to the CARF survey. “The persons served were obviously comfortable in their environments and were eager to talk about their work in the facility and opportunities within the community.”

To read CARF’s full report on The Arc Carroll County, please visit our website at www.ArcCarroll.org.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of persons served.

The Arc Carroll County is a Westminster-based nonprofit serving the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer a variety of services and programs that about 700 Carroll County residents rely upon every day. For more information: www.arccarroll.com.

Do you want to change lives?

The Arc Carroll County now has full-time and part-time positions available. If you know someone who would like a rewarding career in the field of health services, please encourage them to visit our web site and fill out an application at http://www.ArcCarroll.org.

The Arc provides the following services:
• Door-to-door transportation to Carroll County students with special needs
• Job training and placement for individuals with special needs
• Day program
• Housing
• Educational Partnerships
• Support Services
• An Autism-specific program
The Arc Carroll County is a Westminster-based nonprofit that has been providing support to people with special needs in Carroll County since 1955. For more details: http://www.ArcCarroll.org.

Arc dog treats now available


We here at The Arc Carroll County love dogs. Who doesn’t?

The individuals who participate in our day program have labored long and hard to come up with a wholesome treat any dog could love: Arc Dog Treats. The dog treats are made from scratch right here at The Arc by the folks in our day program. The ingredients include: Banana, whole wheat flour, eggs, peanut butter, oats and honey.

The individuals participating in the program, along with parent advocate Sherri Chavis, are hoping to turn their love for dogs and baking into a business. They are selling The Arc Dog Treats. The treats are available at The Arc at 180 Kriders Church Road, Westminster. For details: 410-848-4124 ext. 146.

Because our bakers only use fresh ingredients, the dog treats must be used within a week, or should be frozen until ready to use.

The pricing is as follows:

•$4 for a 25-piece bag
•$6 for a 50-piece bag
•$10 for a $100 piece bag


Thank You Century Ford of Mt. Airy

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Thank you Century Ford of Mt. Airy! Century Ford is sponsoring The Arc Carroll County’s 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament’s hole-in-one prize: a Ford F150 Pickup Fully loaded!

The tournament features:
18-holes of golf, green fees and cart
Gift awards for winning players and teams
Hole-in-one prize ( A Ford F150 Pickup)
Closest to the pin contest
Long Drive Prizes
Refreshments on the course
“19th hole” buffet followed by an awards ceremony
Silent Auction ( we are lining up some great prizes!)

Would you like to play in the tournament on Aug. 7 at Piney Branch? Register at www.arccarroll.org. #CenturyFord #25thAnnualArcCharityGolfTournament #PineyBranchGolfClub