Assistance Needed to Maintain Services For The Disabled

September 23, 2008

When staff members reentered The Arc of Greater Houston offices the first time since Hurricane Ike struck, they were taken aback by the damage to the building.

“I just don’t know what we’re going to do,” said Executive Director Judy Kantorczyk. The office space has to be gutted due to water damage, and repairs are expected to take two months at the very least.

The Arc was provided the office space by the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, and due to MHMRA’s own extensive damage, they are unable to provide assistance with temporary office space.

The Arc of Greater Houston is in urgent need of office space, space to hold programs, and financial assistance to ensure people with disabilities in the greater Houston area continue to receive the essential services the Arc provides every day. Last year, The Arc served more than 19,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater Houston area.

Some of the countless services the Arc of Greater Houston provides are:

  • Advocacy/Awareness: provide representation at the local, state, and national governmental levels; information and resources for families affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities; and information for the general public on mental retardation and other disabilities.
  • Education/Training: help families and professionals navigate the public school special education system for children ages 3-21; provide educational information about special needs (e.g. fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, autism).
  • Social/Leisure: provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to interact, learn, and enjoy themselves in a safe, fun environment; programs include a weeklong camp during the summer, adventure club, monthly dance, and even trips around the country.
  • Candy Cane Ball: More than 1,000 individuals with disabilities get the opportunity to attend a free, gala-style event, celebrating the holidays with friends and peers.

To provide assistance to the Arc of Greater Houston or for more information, contact Judy Kantorczyk, executive director, at 713-957-1600 or jkantorczyk@thearcofgreaterhouston.com. Individuals with disabilities needing assistance should also use the same phone number or visit the Arc Web site at www.thearcofgreaterhouston.com
for essential resources.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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