Mission: To serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout mercer county through vocational rehabilitation programs, housing programs, recreational programs and other support services.
Programs: Residential services - residential services provide housing opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. Services range from group home settings to supported living.
arc enterprises - arc enterprises provides employment opportunities to individuals through programs such as the touch of taste catering & baskets and janitorial employment.
extended employment services - extended employment services include rehabilitation programs designed to provide long term employment to a worker.
employment services - employment services include occupational training center, which is designed to give training, therapy, counseling and placement for individuals. Vocational employment - vocational employment provides adult services that give individuals skill training at the adult resource center. Family support services - family support services provides respite care and recreational opportunities to individuals and their families. Program support services
Judging a person is really successful, I think it should not only depend on his/her academic or career but also depend on voluntary contribution to his/her community. I have enjoyed various accomplishments in my studies and career and also suffered different failures. Whenever I got a hard/difficult time, I always recalled the old saying “Health is the biggest value to us”. Yes, I should thank for my healthy mental and physical that supported me to fight various difficulties and reach my various life goals. At this point, I realized there are a lot of disabilities need us to help them conquering their difficulties and reaching their goals. Having this thought, I started volunteering at Arc Mercer. Every Wednesday morning, I do some office support activities,such as data entry and clerical filing. I really enjoy working at Arc Mercer, because every person there is so nice to me. They always keep saying “Thank you” or “I appreciated your help”. Everyone needs love, everyone can give love, and that love is what everyone wants. That's a really important lesson to me. Making someone happy makes you happy, and they go on and make others happy and it's like a chain. Love is a chain of giving.
Volunteering is so meaningful to me, that I am inspired to share my experiences with my friends and colleagues.
I volunteer at the Step Ahead Program that is part of Arc Mercer. I began volunteering this summer and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Evey time I go there, I always encounter new expereriences when working with these children. It's a joy whenever I go!