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Our Year in Review and Outlook for 2014  

While we are looking forward to a successful 2014, it is important to look back at the past year to see what we have accomplished.  Among some of the important success stories for the people we serve as well as the organization are:
  • Successful National Reaccreditation
  • Healthmeet Health Screening Event
  • United Way funding
  • Two successful Fundraising events
  • Successful Medicaid Audit
  • Increase in services to families 
  • Increase in membership
  • Increased participation in Aktion Club of Moore County
The year hasn't been without challenges, however.  The reorganization of The Arc of North Carolina services affected many families that we support and we are working hard to find creative ways to meet their needs.  As you will read in this newsletter, two programs have been expanded to assist with families' needs.

Your support by membership and donations help us to continue to provide support for our families.  Thank you for keeping The Arc of Moore County high in your priority of organizations that you intend to support this year!

If you would like to join our organization or make a donation, please click here.
In This Issue
Thanks to the Sponsors of the Christmas Movie Spectacular, "Sing, Show, Snow!"
Please contact or stop by these area organizations and businesses to thank them for their support!
St. Joseph of the Pines
The Pilot
Kohl's
Kiwanis Club of the                             Sandhills
First Citizen's Bank
Gracefully Rustic
Morgan Miller
Aging Outreach Services
Swank
Ice Cream Parlor
Rita's Italian Ice

Fun in the Snow!
Above: Santa welcomes audience during the Christmas Carol sing-a-long and invites everyone to visit with him after the show!
Executive Director Wendy Russell pitches in to help the children with sledding after the movie.
Another Successful Operation Santa!
Thank you to our community for helping to make Christmas brighter for the families we support as a part of First In Families of the Sandhills.  Operation Santa served over 200 children! 
First in Families Good News Story: An elderly grandmother was caring for her adult grandson with I/DD for many years.  They were not receiving any additional services. When the grandmother became ill, her daughter came to live with her and care for her until her death in 2012.  She had very limited income but was able to get some services for her son. When the cold weather arrived, there was an outstanding bill to the gas company, which couldn't be negotiated and gas heat was disconnected.  FIF staff worked with area churches, the National Guard and the Coalition for Human Care to raise more than $600 to meet the $1000 bill and restore heat to their home. It was a wonderful Christmas present for them, thanks to the resourcefulness of FIF!

Good Luck to our National Special Olympians!
The Arc of Moore County wishes the best of luck to members Roxanne Gordon and Lawrence Shamberger in their upcoming competition in the National Special Olympics bowling competition coming up in June of this year!  If anyone is interested in helping them cover expenses for their trip, please contact The Arc office at 692-8272.
The Arc of Moore County to Expand Respite Services
 

The Arc of Moore County is excited to announce it is now taking referrals for individuals needing Respite Care who currently have Medicaid, but are not receiving Innovations Waiver services. The Arc is one of a number of providers awarded a contract with Sandhills Center, the regional managed care organization, for Non-Innovation Medicaid B-3 Respite services.

Respite services provide periodic support and relief to primary caregivers of individuals ages 3 to 21 with developmental disabilities who live at home with non-paid caregivers (such as parents, siblings, grandparents).

The Arc of Moore County is fully credentialed and endorsed to provide these services to individuals who have Medicaid but are not currently receiving waiver or state-funded Respite services. For more information or to apply for services, please contact Peggy Lassiter at 910-692-8272, ext. 222, or email her at arcmoorepl@embarqmail.com.

 

Interim State Director Lisa Poteat Speaks To Medicaid Reform Committee
On Wednesday, January 15th, the Medicaid Reform Advisory Committee met to hold its second of three meetings. The bulk of the meeting was dedicated to public comment from a variety of stakeholders who either work with or are served by Medicaid in NC. The Arc of North Carolina's Interim Executive Director, Lisa Poteat, participated in this public comment period and presented the members of this committee with The Arc's managed care principles and an "on the ground" perspective of the challenges our community is currently facing.

The Arc of North Carolina Names New Director
On Monday, January 27,  the Board of Directors of The Arc of North Carolina named John Nash as its new Executive Director. Nash brings with him a wealth of experience in advocacy for people with disabilities, disability services, and nonprofit development.
To read the official announcement, please click  here.
Take The Arc's Survey!

It's no secret: Medicaid services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) here in North Carolina have changed a great deal over the past several years.

The Arc wants to understand how these changes have affected people with I/DD who receive Medicaid services here in NC.

To help us understand, we developed this brief survey. 

Please take our survey. It will help The Arc better understand how Medicaid changes have affected key person-centered outcomes for people across the state.

When you're done, consider emailing it to friends who might be interested, or sharing it on Facebook.

With your help, The Arc can be a better, more informed advocate for you and people with disabilities across the state.

What is Community Guide?
Community Guides are professionals trained to locate community resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and to coordinate the use of those resources with the person they support. They promote inclusion with the community at large, and support both the individual and their family in implementing the person centered plan.

The Arc of North Carolina is seeking referrals for its Community Guide services, a companion service to individuals who receive Care Coordination services from Sandhills Center for MH/DD/SAS.

Community Guide services can fill in the gaps between Care Coordination and the need for informal supports and advocacy in the community. Working with the individual, family and care coordinator, a Community Guide can assist with problem solving and decision making, advocacy, support during the person-centered planning or IEP process, assistance with coordinating medical care and appointments, housing, transportation and getting involved in community activities.

If you or your family member with a developmental disability would like to request Community Guide services, please contact your care coordinator at Sandhills Center and request the service. For more information about The Arc of North Carolina's Community Guide services, call Holly Hunnicutt, coordinator of Community Guide and Choices for The Arc of NC, at 910-792-9146.

 

-Read more about the services here-
Upcoming Events

It's time for the 2nd Annual Pinehurst Wine and Chocolate Love Affair to be held Saturday, February 8 from 4-8PM in the heart of the Village of Pinehurst.  Busineses within the Village will be open late and will be offering tastings of specialty chocolates and other foods paired with a tasting of wine while you browse the shops

We hope you will join us! The Arc of Moore County will be providing volunteer assistance and will be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds of this event.  Please call the office if you are interested in volunteering.  If you would like to purchase a ticket for the event, please click here!

The Arc Plans a National Day Out Event for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

 

March is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc invites you to join us on March 29 in a grassroots initiative to help raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

What should you do? Simply make plans to go out somewhere in public on Saturday, March 29. That's all. Just plan a day out and about with friends and family or by yourself enjoying the things you like to do. And, in the process help raise awareness and generate some conversation about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This one-day movement will serve to harness our collective power to gain allies, foster understanding, dispel myths and encourage people without disabilities to recognize that we're not so different after all.

This March 29, let's all go out and start breaking down those social barriers once and for all. This is your chance to personally help raise awareness about people with I/DD just by being yourself and participating in the things you enjoy alongside others in your community without disabilities. If you are a person with I/DD, make plans to hit the movies, the park, your local shopping center or restaurant for a day out and maybe spark some conversation in the process. Or, if you are a friend or family member of a person with I/DD, make plans to enjoy a fun activity together in public and take the opportunity to show others that we're all not so different after all.

And, be sure to spread the word using the hashtag #DDAware on social media during the month of March. Follow The Arc online at www.facebook.com/thearcus or www.twitter.com/thearcus and be sure to show us what you end up doing on March 29 by sharing your photos using the hashtag #DDAware. 

 

Save the Date!!! Friday, May 16, 2014!
Ladies Night Out - Pinehurst Members Club
Dance to the past and present magical sounds of Motown!
Silent Auction with great gifts for you and/or friends available.  Proceeds to benefit our Respite Program and First In Families of the Sandhills!
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