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For people with intellectual and ­developmental disabilities HO LI DA Y 2013


Colorful Art in the Round Delights Attendees Art in the Round is always a crowd pleaser, and this year’s—the 12th annual—was no exception. More than 400 people attended, enjoying fantastic art, live entertainment and spirited bidding. More than $50,000 was raised for The Arc and over 50 artists. WMAR news anchor Jamie Costello, loyal fan of the event, returned as emcee and auctioneer, spurring bidders to dig deeper into their pockets. Art in the Round’s new venue, the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, a­ ccommodated more art and a larger crowd. Successful bidder Dave Bell a­ ttends the event every year and he gave the site and the evening rave reviews. CO N TIN U E D ON PAGE 4

Clockwise from top left: Artist Bryan Ross with his painting, “Orange Haze” Artist Ronald Kettler and his photograph, ­“Illuminated Lighthouse” Phillip Beijan proudly displays his sculpture, “Black Dog,” with his family Artist Karley Bayer and her Facebook ­People’s Choice winner “AC/DC” Meghan MacMillan, from sponsor ­MacMillan Custom Framing, with artist ­Katharine Peck

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Thank You, Employers!


mployers who make it possible for people with intellectual and

­developmental disabilities ­(I/DD) to have a fulfilling work life took center stage at The Arc Baltimore’s ­Employers of Distinction ­reception in ­October. Wilson H. Parran, Maryland ­Department of Transportation deputy secretary, was the ­keynote speaker. John ­Dinkel, ­publisher of the Baltimore Business ­Journal, c­ o-presented awards with Steve ­Morgan and Carla N. Murphy, new board ­president. l




ndrea ­Bernhard (left) and Amy Struder have been working at the ­Renaissance Gardens Terrace ­dining room at the Charlestown Retirement Community for five years. They are responsible for ­bussing tables, ­refilling drinks, assisting residents and ­setting tables between meals. Amy and Andrea regularly go beyond the call of duty, ­delivering food to residents who cannot make it to the dining room and greeting everyone warmly. ­Staff nurtures the ­women’s talents and encourages the development of additional skills.

“Amy and Andrea’s ­outstanding customer ­service has helped increase resident satisfaction. We are grateful for The Arc’s continuous support.” Clara Parker, ­ executive director

EMPLOYERS OF DISTINCTION set an example for the business community by providing ­meaningful work opportunities that help individuals with I/DD achieve independence and contribute to the ­companies’ success.




eid Buedel is part of the fourth generation of Buedels w ­ orking at Steel and Wire P ­ roducts. He is a jack of all trades, p ­ reparing orders for shipment, purchasing and stocking items for the vending ­machines, m ­ aintaining a clean and safe work ­environment and doing seasonal ­land­scaping. The Steel and Wire team ­appreciates Reid’s c­ ontributions and offers him new ­responsibilities.




odd Williams, a shaker boarder for Little Caesars in Dundalk, is a highly recognizable and beloved presence at the store. Todd’s ­primary job is to draw in customers with his elaborate dance moves and boardshaking prowess, but he also preps pizza pans and helps clean the store. Manager Brent Crostley appreciates Todd’s energy and dedication, and he is a huge believer in the value employees with disabilities bring to a company.

“Reid’s team spirit is so strong that he can always be counted on to help others, even with his heavy workload.” —Conrad Buedel, president


“Todd is a wonderful asset to Little Caesars of Dundalk. He is hard-working, ­conscientious and loves his job and his community.” John Stephanos, district manager for Cutting Edge Pizza LLC

Brent Crostley Manager

PARTNERS OF DISTINCTION provide contractual ­employment opportunities for individuals who receive supports from The Arc Baltimore.

SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARDS honor companies that have had a significant impact on developing employment ­opportunities for people with I/DD.



Bryn Parchman President and Chief Executive Officer


crew of six supported employees from The Arc Baltimore works tirelessly s­ etting up ­exhibits and cleaning the entire children’s museum. The q ­ uality of their work was so impressive that they were offered extra hours and additional r­ esponsibilities for weekend special events. Crew m ­ embers are ­included in all staff events and meetings, and e ­ veryone—including the CEO—expresses a­ ppreciation for their top-notch work. Port­Discovery celebrates the positive message the crew sends to the public. “Working with The Arc helps our staff learn patience and ­understanding, and it opens the minds of those who would not otherwise have the o ­ pportunity.” —Megan Ruthke, director of guest services

GILMAN SCHOOL Henry Smyth, Headmaster


ilman School was one of The Arc’s first major landscaping contracts more than 30 years ago. Initially the crew was responsible for cutting the grass, but once the school’s staff recognized the workers’ dedication to beautifying Gilman’s grounds, their duties expanded to include planting flowers, mulching beds and pruning. The Arc has even developed a number of landscaping design projects on the campus. Gilman staff and faculty have a wonderful rapport with the crew. “They always have a great ‘­get-it-done’ attitude, no matter how difficult the request. The Arc’s crews enhance the Gilman ­experience for students, parents and staff. They are much ­appreciated!”


hat began as a small policing contract for the Metro Subway in the early ‘80s has grown into The Arc’s largest contract. It provides ­janitorial, policing and ­landscaping ­employment opportunities for supported ­workers at the MARC train and Metro subway ­stations, BWI t­ erminals, light rail stops and ­administrative facilities of the ­Maryland ­Department of ­Transportation’s agencies. Combined, MDOT contracts provide jobs for 150 workers with ­disabilities, 250,000 work hours and almost $2 million in wages ­annually!



n 2012, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital ­executives ­adopted Project SEARCH, a unique model of skill ­building and ­employment opportunities for people with ­I/DD. The first class included 11 adult interns. Daily ­classroom work ­complemented internships throughout the ­hospital, which ­included sterilizing ­surgical instruments, ­transporting ­patients and offering IT ­support. The interns graduated in May, and all are now ­either in paid positions or receiving additional job readiness support. A ­second class of interns began in August.



he Community College of Baltimore County has been a longstanding partner with The Arc ­Baltimore. In the ‘80s, faculty began ­providing courses for adults with I/DD in keyboarding, sign language, music, sports, art therapy, gross motor skills and quilting. CCBC ­administrators also worked with Project SEARCH staff to develop an employment readiness and ­independent living curriculum at MedStar Union ­Memorial Hospital. As a result of this program, many participants have successfully found employment and received a college ­certificate of completion.

—Ron Potter, grounds supervisor

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTED EMPLOYEE AWARDS salute individuals who job performance has improved significantly during the past year.





“Julia is a hard working lady, always willing to help the c­ hildren at the Chatsworth School. I am so glad she is part of the Chatsworth family.”

“Bill is an ideal employee in every way, and all who know him ­appreciate his outstanding effort and great attitude every day.”

ulia Jones has been a ­cafeteria aide at the Chatsworth School for 10 years, a milestone she ­recently c­ elebrated with her ­co-workers. Julia and two other supported employees help ­students open milk cartons and food packages. They also clean tables between lunch shifts and encourage students to ­behave in an o ­ rderly fashion. Julia takes her job very ­seriously and is reluctant to take time off from work. She has developed meaningful relationships with students and c­ o-workers. Once a shy and timid worker, Julia has ­blossomed into a model employee.

he longest tenured landscape employee at The Arc Baltimore, Bill Gruber began ­receiving services in 1971 and saw The Arc’s ­landscaping department grow from five crews to more than 30. Bill is an ideal employee. He ­arrives at the Social Security complex early and has to be urged to stop working at the end of the day. One of Bill’s many assignments is to clean the ­office and ­restroom, and he takes great pride in the ­appearance of both. His ever-present smile, positive attitude and ­leadership ­qualities are ­appreciated by his co-workers and Social Security employees.

—Charles Bickham, The Arc Baltimore landscape manager

—Ann Beck, chief of custodial services


Colorful Art in the Round Delights Attendees CO N TIN U E D F ROM PAGE 1

“As usual, the event was amazing,” Bell said. “The Arc never disappoints with Art in the Round; it seems to get better every year. There is always great entertainment and artists. The new venue was wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.” Art in the Round is a fabulous opportunity for ­artists with intellectual and ­developmental ­disabilities to showcase their talents. ­Artist ­Jacqueline Jones said, “It was a beautiful ­experience to know that people ­appreciate what you do and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. The whole event made me smile.” Tonya Barnes’ “Colorful Tulips” was chosen to be next year’s promotional poster. Jamie Costello ­presented Tonya with a $100 check. “AC\DC” by Karley Bayer won the People’s Choice Award. Her work received the most votes from our Facebook friends who “liked,” i.e., voted for, their ­favorite of five pieces. l

Steve Morgan and emcee Jamie Costello acknowledge Promotional Poster Winner Tonya Barnes and her piece “Colorful Tulips.”

The Arc is grateful to the following sponsors: Palette Sponsors

Painters’ Sponsors

Patron Sponsors Chesapeake Business Solutions Expressway Office Solutions Friendship Creative Printers Maxim Healthcare Services Pessin Katz Law Schmitz Press Smyth Jewelers Steve and Dianna Morgan Wise Consulting Associates

Thank you! Thank You, Renewing Members and Contributors! August 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 Mr. and Mrs. John Althoff, Jr. Ms. Ann Marie Angarita Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Anuszewski Austin Pharmacy & Medical Supplies AXA Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Harold D. Banks Mr. and Mrs. Sam Baskar Mrs. Kimberly Becker Ms. Kelly Bell Mr. and Mrs. Edward Benecewicz Mr. Michael Bovino Ms. Rosie L. Bridgeford Mr. Walter F. Brooks Ms. Frona Brown Mrs. Claire Brown Mr. and Mrs. Mark Buedel Ms. Ethel Buggs Mr. and Mrs. Howard G. Bullinger Canton Cold Stone Creamery Ms. Mary Catherine Bunting Capital Services, Inc. Ms. Kathlyn Cathell Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC Mr. Ron Christian The Civitan Club of Baltimore Dr. and Mrs. Barry L. Cohan Ms. Janet L. Commarata Ms. Sue Cox Mrs. Arlene Craumer Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Creamer Ms. Mary Ellen Crowley Mr. Gislin Dagnelie Ms. Suzanne W. Davenport Mrs. Amelia Demski Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Dillon Ms. Angela Dockery Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Eberhardt Mr. and Mrs. Dave Evans Mrs. Norma B. Flynn Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Friel, Jr. Ms. Rebecca Fyfe Mr. Russell S. Gardner


Ms. Shirley Garrett Ms. Courtney E. Gasser Mr. Shawn George Mr. Buddy Gibbs Greene Turtle, Hunt Valley Ms. Marian J. Gunther Mrs. Elizabeth Henn Mr. and Mrs. Donald Himelfarb HMS Insurance Associates, Inc. Rev. Patricia Roop Hollinger Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edwin Hook, IV Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hudak Mr. and Mrs. Earle P. Hurley Ms. Barbara Israel Mrs. Antoinette Jacks Payne Ms. Claudia Kairoff Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert F. Kennedy, III Mr. Robert Kirkendall Mr. Fremont Knittle Mrs. Joan Kolobielski Ms. Betty Krause Mr. Gerald Krieger Mrs. Judy Kuhar Mrs. Mary A. Kutcher Ms. Beverly Landis Mr. Andrew Layman Dr. and Mrs. Philip Levinson Mr. Theodore J. Lingelbach Mr. and Mrs. James A. Lisle, III Mr. Herbert K. Lodder Mr. Neil MacDonald Mr. and Mrs. John H. Macsherry, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Macsherry Ms. Ruth P. Martin Maryland Aviation Administration Mr. Christopher Mayer Dr. and Mrs. Richard F. Mayer Mr. Douglas McQuade Ms. Patricia McWilliams Melwood Training Center Mr. and Mrs. George Mojzisek Ms. Diane Moniuszko

Mr. Stephen H. Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan, Esq Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Murray Ms. Margaret Mutungi Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Narango Mr. Edmond B. Nolley, Jr. Mrs. Lynne O`Donnell Ober|Kaler O’Conor & Mooney Realtors Mr. Timothy O’Donovan Mr. Sean O’Donovan Mr. Dennis O’Donovan Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Pakula Pessin Katz Law, P.A. Ms. Nellie Power Mr. and Mrs. Robert Price Ms. Tracy Pruitt Dr. and Mrs. Peter Rabins Mr. Dennis Rasmussen Ravens Roost #120 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reches Mrs. Constance C. Reisig Mr. and Mrs. William C. Reisinger Dr. and Mrs. Daniele Rigamonti Riverside Health of Maryland, Inc Mrs. Margaret Robinson Mr. John K. Rogers Ms. Geraldine Rosenbaum Mr. and Mrs. James F. Rosner, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. David S. Salkever Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sand Mr. and Mrs. G. Lewis Schaffner Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scheller Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sgroi, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Noah Shafran Ms. Pamela Sharp Mr. Thomas J. Shearin Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Shifflett, Sr. Mr. Norman Shillman Ms. Donna Sills, Esq. Ms. Marga Smolin

Welcome, New Members and Contributors! August 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 Mrs. Sharon Bateman Mr. Seth Benson Judge and Mrs. Walter E. Black, Jr. Ms. Jennifer Brandenburg Mr. Michael Breschi Ms. Jenett Campbell Mr. David Cardwell Ms. Yolanda Dorchy Mr. Peter Faltin Mr. Bob Fonte Ms. Sherri Handley Ms. Sandra Kirkpatrick Ms. Peg Kolm Mr. and Mrs. Alan Krakovitz Ms. Shawn Kros Maxim Healthcare Services

Spears/Votta & Associates, Inc. Mr. Jack Stakem Ms. Crystal Stephens Capt. Gerald F. L. Sutton Mrs. Agnes Treadaway Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Trump, Jr. UBS Financial Services Dr. Peter J. Valletutti Ms. Kathy Vecchioni Mr. and Mrs. Michael Volk Ms. Rita Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Brian Wallace Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Wankowski Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Ward Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The Wells Fargo Foundation Ms. Diane Westgate Mr. and Mrs. Bennett B. Wethered Ms. Deborah E. Windsor Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Winnick Mr. George E. Wirth Wise Consulting Associates Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Yancisin Mr. Tesfa Yohannes

Michaels Stores Inc Ms. Katharine Peck Mrs. Kathleen Randall Mr. and Mrs. Milton A. Rehbein Ms. Marlene Riley Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Rowe Mr. Matt Sauri Ms. Stephanie Scott Ms. Margery C. Sheppard Ms. Joan Speer Ms. Andrea Vespoint Ms. Phyllis B. Watson The Whiting Turner Contracting Company Ms. Pamela Williams

Gifts in Memory August 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 Ms. Sandy Anuszewski Ms. Pearl Broady-Etelson Mr. F. Gerard Hayden Ms. Renee Schuchardt Mrs. Theresa J. Sutton Mr. Wilbur P. Ulle

Gifts in Honor August 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Macsherry Ms. Judy Ramsey Mr. Craig Simms


Give the Gift of Giving

ohn Henry does janitorial work through The Arc’s ­Community ­Employment Connection in Towson. It’s a good thing he earns a paycheck, too, because he is a man who loves to shop—especially for Christmas! In addition to family and friends, John has a list of co-workers and purchases gifts for them—nearly 40 all told. The gifts aren’t lavish, but they are very thoughtful. He buys wallets or money clips for male co-workers and lotions or perfumes for the women. Asked why he ­purchases gifts for so many co-workers, John replied, “Most people I know don’t get a lot of stuff and sometimes they don’t get anything at all. I just want them to be happy.”

The Arc MD ­Releases 2014 ­Public Policy Platform


he Arc Baltimore and The Arc Maryland will be a visible ­presence in Annapolis during the 2014 legislative session, working in tandem in support of The Arc’s public policy platform. Below is a brief summary of the platform. A link to the complete public policy platform can be found in the “What’s New” section of The Arc Baltimore website, ENFORCE CIVIL RIGHTS to ensure that people with intellectual and ­developmental disabilities (I/DD) are not discriminated against in housing, transportation, ­recreation, education and community ­access. This includes advocating for the ­enforcement of the Americans with ­Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead ­Supreme Court Decision, which held that that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities violates Title II of the ADA.

Talk about the spirit of the ­season! And talk about ­efficiency! ­Unlike many of us, John doesn’t ­procrastinate. ­Whenever he shops, he is a man on a ­mission, and his ­holiday gift-buying is always finished by September. If you aren’t quite as organized as John, you may find yourself ­scrambling for gift ideas right now. Here’s one: Contribute to The Arc Baltimore program of your choice in honor of a family member, friend or colleague. You can also give a gift membership to The Arc. Recipients will get a special welcome card, Arc brochures, a nifty magnet, a pen and ­mailings during 2014. The added bonus? Your gift will expand the ­network of people who know about The Arc mission and the people we support. That means more than you can imagine. Please send your contribution and list of names and addresses to Makea King at The Arc Baltimore, 7215 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212 by ­December 20 or go the and we’ll take it from there. In the meantime, please enjoy your year-end holidays, however you celebrate. And, remember: This year, be like John. No need for fancy gifts—just thoughtful ones. l

FIX CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING FOR ­CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS to achieve a reasonable quality of life for all. In a­ ddition to providing employee benefits and a fair living wage, there is a vital need to fund the full lifespan of individuals, people ­receiving supports at home and children and youth in need. Making the Developmental ­Disabilities Administration a more effective service system is another goal. IMPROVE LIFE OUTCOMES by ­expanding educational opportunities, creating ­employment opportunities and advocating for the rights of people with I/DD to acquire assets and savings. CLOSE GAPS AMONG DELIVERY S ­ YSTEMS to make sure services grow and change through individuals’ lifespans. l

Restructuring Yields Family Support Continuum


he family & children’s services division has been restructured and is now known as the outreach and family services division.

According to Nellie Power, assistant executive director of outreach and family services, the restructuring reflects the division’s desire to work in a more integrated fashion. She said that outreach services for kids were previously ­offered by the family and children’s services department; the ­outreach department provided the same services for

Outreach and Family Services Division

Foster Care ­Department

Outreach ­Department

Family Living ­Department

adults. “Restructuring made more sense than ­having ­separate ­approaches to providing the same information,” Power ­explained. “Already we’ve seen a great sharing of ­resources, ­resulting in more efficient and immediate responses for ­individuals and families seeking service.” The outreach department serves as the agency’s “front door.” Calls for information about I/DD, services or resources are fielded by outreach staff. When direct services are requested, outreach staff takes the application, collaborates with ­Service Coordination on a funding plan and then works with the ­individual and the appropriate departments. Another change: the family and children’s services department is now known as the family living department. Power says that in addition to the children and families already being served, the department will provide supports to many more adults who live with family members. “The agency wants to pay special ­attention to this group of people throughout their lifespans.” The foster care department is also part of the new division. l


The Arc’s E-newsletters Keep You in the Know The Arc Baltimore’s four e-newsletters are a great way to be in the know about all of the great things happening at the agency. Catalyst highlights stories and photos from our many programs and events on a monthly basis. Reaching Families provides monthly info on ­upcoming events, trainings, respite opportunities and activities. Volunteers & Interns highlights the good deeds done by The Arc’s ­volunteers and provides information about volunteer and internship ­ pportunities. This e-newsletter is sent monthly. o Advocacy Network keeps you informed, on an as-needed basis, about calls for action and l­egislative events that directly affect the disabilities community. It’s easy to subscribe: just click on the e-news sign-up button on the homepage of our website, You can manage your subscriptions there, too. l

Advocate HOLIDAY 2013 Advocate is published by The Arc Baltimore, Inc. 7215 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212 410-296-2272 Feedback Line: Dial option #8 or ask the operator for assistance Maryland Relay 800-735-2258 410-583-0060 (voice) Carla Murphy, President Stephen H. Morgan, Executive Director Kate McGuire, Chief Advancement Officer Christopher Knoerlein, Editor/ Director of Communications & Grants Steam Communications, Writing and Graphic Design

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In 2012, The Arc Baltimore committed to ­incorporating technology into all aspects of its programs to help people improve their lives. l

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Shown, from left, at the check presentation ceremony are Doug Potter, ­president elect of the Baltimore Civitan Club; Daphni Steffin, director of assistive ­technology and LifePrint manager for The Arc Baltimore; Sylvester “Sly” Bieler, president of the Baltimore Civitan Club and The Arc’s director of day services; and Lance Lewis, the Civitan Club’s Chesapeake area district governor.

The new technology will help enhance ­communication skills as well as task p ­ rompting and sequencing. A ­ dditionally, it will p ­ rovide therapeutic activities and opportunities to learn job and life skills. he Civitan Club of Baltimore awarded The Arc Baltimore an $11,000 grant to help fund the agency’s emergent ­assistive technology program. The grant will cover the cost of iPads, communication board software and a variety of adapted devices users would otherwise be unable to afford.


Civitan Grant Boosts Assistive Technology Program

Advocate - Holiday 2013  

In the Holiday 2013 edition of The Arc Baltimore's Advocate, we feature stories on our Art in the Round and Employers of Disctinction events...

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