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Programs for intellectually disabled people threatened by state …

Much of what AR&C clients do at the organization’s facility involves the packaging of small items that go on sale at stores throughout the country.” title=”AR&C part 2 pic 1″ width=”415″ height=”311″ class=”size-full wp-image-16325″ />Much of what AR&C clients do at the organization’s facility involves the packaging of small items that go on sale at stores throughout the country.Nick DiamantidesStaff WriterWith a 4.25 percent cut in state funding, Advocacy for Respect and Choice (AR&C) needs to raise approximately $200,000 from individual and corporate donations in order to provide the same level of services it has provided to intellectually disabled people for many years.The AR&C facility is located on a four-acre site just east of the northeast corner of Stearns Street and Lakewood Boulevard. The organization leases the property from the City of Long Beach for $1 per year. The campus contains five buildings, which house the organization’s administration and the various programs.Some AR&C clients live with their families, and others live in group homes. Many of them are transported to and from the AR&C campus in busses and vans, or cars driven by family members. Continue reading

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Much of what AR&C clients do at the organization’s facility involves the packaging of small items that go on sale at stores throughout the country.” title=”AR&C part 2 pic 1″ width=”415″ height=”311″ class=”size-full wp-image-16325″ />Much of what AR&C clients do at the organization’s facility involves the packaging of small items that go on sale at stores throughout the country.Nick DiamantidesStaff WriterWith a 4.25 percent cut in state funding, Advocacy for Respect and Choice (AR&C) needs to raise approximately $200,000 from individual and corporate donations in order to provide the same level of services it has provided to intellectually disabled people for many years.The AR&C facility is located on a four-acre site just east of the northeast corner of Stearns Street and Lakewood Boulevard. The organization leases the property from the City of Long Beach for $1 per year. The campus contains five buildings, which house the organization’s administration and the various programs.Some AR&C clients live with their families, and others live in group homes. Many of them are transported to and from the AR&C campus in busses and vans, or cars driven by family members. Others take public transportation, and a few of them drive themselves.Harry Van Loon, AR&C executive director, noted that approximately 400 individuals depend on the services provided by the organization, which offers four different programs to its clients.“In our supported-employment program, we get the clients to fill out the application and get them hired at various businesses in the area,” Van Loon said Continue reading

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