The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
April 7, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Youth Self-Advocacy Group To Be Honored for Service
  • Free Self Defense Class Offered
  • Home Repair Loans Available
  • TOPSoccer is coming to Whatcom County!
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Youth Self-Advocacy Group To Be Honored for Service

    The Whatcom Family & Community Network will hold their 1st Annual Whatcom Youth Service Day Award Ceremony.

    The Whatcom Family & Community Network (WFCN) will recognize local youth groups for their outstanding service on behalf of the community.

    The Whatcom County Youth Self-Advocacy Group will be among the youth groups that will be commended for their service to their community!

    Recipients are recognized not just for their specific acts of caring and service, but also because they embody the values of empowerment, of asset-building, and of respect for human dignity. They reflect our community's highest values and deepest respect for the well-being of all.

    Saturday, April 26
    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    Bellingham Boys & Girls Club
    1715 Kentucky Street, Bellingham, WA

    Free Self Defense Class Offered

    FREE 3-hour self defense course for women

    In light of the recent attack on the woman jogging on Squalicum Creek Trail,
    local self defense/martial arts instructor and community member, has partnered with DVSAS (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services) to conduct a self defense course for women.

    Please join the course and share this information with every woman (young and old) you know.

    Thursday, April 17
    5:30-8:30pm at
    1407 Commercial Avenue.

    Registration is required,
    please call DVSAS at 671-5714.

    Home Repair Loans Available

    Low and NO interest loans are available to those who qualify.

    Home is owner-occupied
    Owners are low to moderate income
    Home is located in the Bellingham City Limits

    The City of Bellingham has offered its Home Rehabilitation Program since 1977!

    850 homeowners in Bellingham have been helped to repair leaky roofs, unsafe wiring and other dangers.

    For more information contact:
    Lisa Manos
    Housing Programs Specialist
    (360) 778-8391

    TOPSoccer is coming to Whatcom County!

    Adaptive Soccer program starting up!

    Whatcom County children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities ages 4-19 will have the opportunity to participate this new adaptive soccer program starting April 13th.

    The program is designed to enhance development of

    • social skills
    • motor coordination
    • communication skills
    • and provide an opportunity for exercise
    through the enjoyment of the great game of soccer!

    WCYSA's TOPSoccer season starts
    Sunday April 13
    and will last 5 weeks.
    Location: Sportsplex Ice & Indoor Soccer Arena
    1225 Civic Field Way, Bellingham.

    Sunday afternoons
    From 3:00-4:00 or 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    depending on the number of participants.

    To register for the program or
    to volunteer, please e-mail or contact
    Lance Calloway, WCYSA Executive Director
    at 676-1919 ext 109

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Serving others--Youth Self-Advocates with their food drive.

    Serving others- Youth Self Advocates conduct food drive during the winter

    Safety Awareness Group:
    Knowing Your Boundaries

    18 Yrs. and Older
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    April 12
    Parent to Parent Sibshop
    Bowling and Burgers

    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Park Bowl
    RSVP:Christine at
    360-255-2056 X 1

    April 14
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Guest Speaker: Jessica Lee
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available, please call ahead

    April 16 - 18
    Washington Initiative for
    Supported Employment (WISE) Conference
    "A Community of Action:
    You are the Leaders"
    Hotel Murano
    (formerly Tacoma Sheraton)
    Tacoma, WA
    For more information contact:
    Marnie Valenta,
    Conference Coordinator
    (206) 313-0577 or

    April 23
    DD Round Table Discussion:
    Moving Along the
    Pathway to Employment

    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    For information contact: Jessica at
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    April 25
    Parent to Parent
    Family Swim Social

    6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Arne Hanna Aquatic Center
    RSVP required: Christine at
    360-255-2056 X 1

    April 28
    Whatcom County
    Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    4:30-6:00 p.m.
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy.
    Bellingham, WA

    Information Contact: Jessica at
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    April 27
    Hearts and Hands Awards

    2:00 p.m.
    Bellingham High School
    Information contact:
    Whatcom Volunteer Center

    May 3
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

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