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For people with intellectual and ­developmental disabilities S U MME R 2019

Laura Tieman visits with Paris Price at his apartment.

New Senior Leader Continues 70 Years of Transformation “ Our disability community is experiencing seismic shifts and expectations. This is not new. Ultimately, it will be the people we support who show us the way, as they have always done.” —Executive Director Kathleen Durkin


ince becoming CEO over two years ago, Kathleen has been focused on the future. Her core message about our work is that it’s “one person at a time.” As reorganization continues, and now a strategic planning process underway, Kathleen recently hired Laura

Tieman to lead the strategy and innovation for The Arc Baltimore’s program supports— Community Living; Community Employment; and Outreach, Family and Clinical Services. She brings with her 20 years of experience from Penn-Mar Human Services where she was �� CO NT INUE D ON PAG E 6

The Best Thank You Is a Click Away at


o you ever wish you could reach back 70 years to thank the parents whose advocacy led to the creation of our organization? We figured out a way you can, and it is much less complicated than a trip back in time.

For The Arc Baltimore’s 70th anniversary celebration, we created a special Amazon wish list compiled by our program directors from which you can select items. Some wishes cost a few dollars, while others cost a few hundred. Each is used regularly to benefit the children and adults who receive our services. Be sure to provide your contact info in the gift receipt so we can acknowledge your donation. Spread the word about so your friends and colleagues can share the fun. Purchases will come directly to the main office, and they ship free for those of you who are Amazon Prime members. The contact is Leah Lovelace at 410-296-2272 x 5214 and email l


The Art of Exploring the World Beyond 4 Walls


eyond 4 Walls kicked off last fall at our annual Art in the Round event, where $50,000 was raised to provide additional opportunities for people attending our day centers to engage more fully in the creative atmosphere of Greater Baltimore. For many, that includes the arts. Fortunately, our region is rich with artists, museums, galleries, workshops, festivals and endless other ways to harness imagination without boundaries. Volunteer George Ciscle, recently retired from the Maryland Institute College of Art, is helping us broaden partnerships and open new doors for pursuit of the arts. For example, this fall 12 individuals receiving services at two of The Arc’s centers will begin instruction at the prestigeous Maryland Institute with Philadelphia photographer Andre Bradley, recipient of a fellowship established in part by The Arc. Meanwhile, two other budding artists are interns with nationally known local talents. Seth Burdine is an intern with painter Ernest Shaw; Julian Hinmon is studying with Dave Eassa, painter, sculptor and Open Society Institute (OSI) Community Fellow. Another initiative is the handbuilding class at Baltimore Clayworks. With this ancient technique, potters work clay with their fingers, hands and small tools rather than a wheel. For the first time, participants from The Arc went to the Mt. Washington classroom where teachers Mia Halton and

Artists study and create at School 33, the BMA and Baltimore Clayworks. Ana Maria Economou led them through eight weeks of pottery basics, culminating in a summer show in the Clayworks Community Gallery. Their pieces were for sale, with half of proceeds going to the artists. As one student from The Arc said, “I unwind in this space. There is no WRONG here!” In late spring, 14 of our artists and six staff members joined the public at “A Gallery Conversation with School 33 Resident Artists and Biennial Curator George Ciscle” at School 33 in south Baltimore. After the morning program and lunch, The Arc’s group was treated to a workshop with one of the featured artists in her upstairs gallery. Funding to continue the Beyond 4 Walls initiative and keep these artistic adventures going will be made possible by “Art in the Round” again this year. In fact, you can participate in the art auction live via the Internet! If you prefer to give now— or later—go to and select Beyond 4 Walls. l

Artist Dave Eassa observes his mentee Julian Hinmon.

For more information on the art initiative, contact Debbie Staigerwald, our Director of Volunteers and Interns, at or 410-296-2272 x5216.

‘Luminaries’ Brighten The Arc’s Community


oung professionals have always been welcomed in volunteer roles by The Arc, but now there’s a new way to tap their energies and talents that also gives them something of value for their career development. It’s called Luminaries.

great event. It was wonderful to see so many young professionals volunteering their time on a Saturday morning. Thanks to donations collected at our happy hour, we were able to weed, mulch, trim trees, and plant bushes to spruce up the house of gentlemen who are supported by The Arc. We were grateful for the opportunity to give back to The Arc community and are looking forward to our next event.”

Luminaries kicked off earlier this year with a networking happy hour for professionals in their 20s/30s (or those young at heart). All were invited to help develop the idea of a group that would be part professional networking, part service, and part fundraising. Enthusiasm was high and leaders were identified quickly to further develop, define, and lead the group. Another networking event prepared the group for a first service event—Project Spruce Up. Luminaries members worked side by side with the gentlemen who live at a home supported by The Arc.

The group is off to a great start and has a mix of professionals from a variety of industries, several have relatives with disabilities, and there are 20/30 somethings with disabilities themselves who are enjoying the gatherings. Future interactions with the Board of Directors and involvement in other service projects and events at The Arc are in the works. l LEARN MORE ABOUT LUMINARIES. Contact Chris Knoerlein at 410-296-2272 or

Co-chair Rebecca March from Kennedy Krieger Institute (seen in upper picture), says, “Project Spruce Up was a


25th Annual Golf Outing Raises $75,000


ur year of celebrations continued May 14 with the 25th Annual Golf Tournament at Hillendale Country Club. We raised $75,000 toward The Arc’s mission thanks to sponsors, golfers, contributors and volunteers. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor Scientific Plant Service for leading the way! Special holes were a big hit, including the Golf PRO Launcher, putting contest and the Tee Box Buy Up. l




RSM Foursome, our Golf PRO Launcher sponsor

Tournament winners, foursome from St. John Properties

Board member Larry Burley (second from right) and his BGE foursome

Our Business Services team promoted our supported workforce to the golfers.

Advance—The Document Specialists Allstate Leasing BGE Brown Goldstein Levy The Durkin Family Ernst & Young George Mason Mortgage, LLC Hollins Organics Products Lakespring Associates Miles & Stockbridge P.C. Oak Contracting PNC RCM&D SC&H Group Schmitz Press St. John Properties UBS University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans GOLF PRO LAUNCHER SPONSOR RSM SPECIAL HOLE SPONSORS Acme Paper & Supply Co. Alicia Morgan-Cooper, M.D., F.A.A.P. BB&T Ellin & Tucker McClung-Logan Equipment Company Kate McGuire Optum Redstart Creative HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR

Congratulations to this year’s contest winners: 1ST PLACE—Will McCullough, Bill Jautze, Matt Lenihan, Eric Llewellyn 2ND PLACE—Marty Blair, Spencer Blair, Michael Clark, Scott Nickolson 3RD PLACE—Erik Daly, Brandon Luckett, Doug Sawyer, Chris Little 4TH PLACE—Ryan Johnson, Victor Paradiso, David Sweigart, Mason Paradiso 5TH PLACE—Matt Yancisin, Gerald Yancisin, Brett Johnson, Mike Riley

Bob Davidson Ford Lincoln PRINT MEDIA SPONSOR

CLOSEST TO THE PIN WINNERS—Bill Jautze (#7), Ted Murphy (#11) GOLF PRO LAUNCHER WINNERS—Brian Mueller & Robbie Thompson

Baltimore Business Journal




Don’t be crabby. Come to the annual Art in the Round exhibit and auction, our largest fundraiser of the year. The depth of talent in the 80 pieces for auction is as exceptional as the people who created them. And there’s more—mobile bidding, a photo booth, a delicious menu, open bar with beer and wine, a specialty drink, and décor inspired by this year’s poster winner, Maryland Blues by Maria Rosner.

7 pm – 10:30 pm The Grand Lodge of Maryland 302 International Circle Hunt Valley, MD 21030 $85 per ticket $800 per table of 10 Contact: Lauren Seabolt, 410-296-2272 x 5220 or,


Annual Meeting & Awards Highlights


he evening of May 1 was exceptionally festive this year in honor of The Arc Baltimore’s 70th Anniversary. More than 200 people gathered to pay tribute to self-advocates, staff members, board members and friends from the community. Newly elected members of the 2019–2020 Board of Directors also were recognized, and outgoing President Joe Ward turned over the gavel to Tom Sand, whose term began July 1. WMAR TV news anchor Jamie Costello kept the festivities rolling.


Community Partners


AWARD FOR ADVOCACY ­L EADERSHIP (in memory of Stan Herr) BRIAN COX The Maryland Disabilities Council For 19 years, Brian Cox has been executive director of the Council, whose mission is to advance the inclusion of Marylanders with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. During that time, he also chaired the Developmental Disabilities Coalition, which develops a comprehensive annual agenda for consideration by the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration.

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR DR. EDWARD ZUARTE Mosaic Community Services Dr. Zuarte is an attending physician at Mosaic. He is a caring professional who always is open to the knowledge and suggestions our staff members bring concerning individuals in The Arc’s care. Many of them have complex histories, and Dr. Z is responsive and supportive with his characteristic professionalism and caring nature.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE THE ARC CHILDCARE GROUP Andrea Clemente, Kevin Gianaris, Susan Hullinger, Rennie Pasquinelli, Amelia Rodriguez, Doug Sachse, and Steve Siegforth volunteer to care for the children of parents and caregivers who attend monthly meetings of Moms Understand and Guy Talk. Without their services, many families could not gain the vital support The Arc provides free of charge.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE NOTRE DAME OF MARYLAND ­UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PHARMACY STUDENTS Dr. Ray Weber and the Notre Dame pharmacy students have volunteered with The Arc for 9 years. Each month, they provide free childcare so parents and caregivers can attend training sessions on various topics. Students also coordinate an annual health fair for day care participants. These interactions will serve them well as future pharmacists.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE JOSEPH P. WARD Joe is an attorney who joined The Arc board in 2008. This spring he completed his two-year term as president. In addition to providing legal counsel, he served on the strategic planning and quality enhancement committees, was board secretary, then vice president. He also is a sponsor of our golf tournament and always hosts a lively foursome.


James was an intern in the clinical department for two semesters as he worked toward a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He counseled individuals supported by The Arc, particularly at the Seton site, as they developed skills to deal with significant issues, including grief and loss, frustration and anger.

SPECIAL APPRECIATION JENNIFER BRANDENBURG and LAURA WARD Jen and Laura co-chair Art in the Round, our largest annual event. Through their enthusiasm, ideas, resources and contacts, the art auction and exhibit has reached new fundraising goals while exposing the artists to a wider audience. The funds support more job opportunities and activities in the community, including appreciating and making art.

SPECIAL APPRECIATION DET. A. CARL LINDHORST, JR. and CPL. JOHN HADDAWAY Baltimore County Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section In 2018, Detective Lindhorst and Corporal Haddaway worked with The Arc to upgrade emergency plans and training to prepare us for potentially dangerous situations, including a violent intruder or active shooter. They evaluated vulnerabilities throughout the agency, led an active shooter exercise in the Towson office with a cross-section of 25 staff members, and trained our facilities and safety directors.

SPECIAL APPRECIATION ERRICKA BRIDGEFORD Erricka is the director of training for Community Mediation Maryland, and for the last two years she has facilitated sessions on conflict resolution and “Inclusive Listening” for our Leadership Institute classes. She focused on embracing diversity and finding the intrinsic value of each individual. Erricka also challenged class members to consider how their own biases may impact daily interactions.

SPECIAL APPRECIATION OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY For the last decade, Ohio State students have come to The Arc for their spring break week through the community service alternative “BuckI-Serve.” This year, nine came to our Dundalk center to host dance parties, run bingo games, and prepare for the finale…a talent competition “Arc Idol.” Individuals from each center participate as contestants or audience members. OSU students vote on winners, hand out trophies and make sure everyone feels like a star.



ANJANETTE BOOKER For five years, Anjanette has provided a loving home for numerous youth through The Arc’s foster care program. She also shares her perspective in interviews with prospective staff members, our licensing monitor, her foster children’s school and legal team, and the Department of Social Services. She hopes to adopt the young boy currently in her care.

EMPLOYER OF DISTINCTION STELLA MARIS Over the last two years, Stella Maris has been an open-minded and collaborative partner in employing individuals supported by The Arc. The long-term care facility for the elderly currently has five employees in two locations. Because of the organization’s flexibility, tasks are customized to fit differing abilities, resulting in success for each person from The Arc.

Staff And Supported Individuals EXCELLENCE IN DIRECT SUPPORT

TERRI SPURRIER Since joining The Arc 44 years ago, there never has been a time when Terri’s performance was anything but outstanding. She has provided direct support in our centers, helped close centers, assisted countless individuals in finding jobs and most recently took charge of the innovative intern to work program called “Career Catalyst.” Colleagues describe her with words like quality, compassionate, innovative and eager. The award is named for our former executive director.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTED EMPLOYEE DAYLAN MATTHEWS-JORDAN Daylan was nervous three years ago when he arrived at our Project SEARCH site at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital. But with the help of his teachers and other interns, Daylan faced the challenges, and his confidence grew. In 2017, he was hired as a packager and labeler at Michele’s Granola in Timonium. His positive attitude continues and he says he appreciates the support from his employment specialist, supervisor and coworkers.

ANDREA “TWINKLES” BROWN Andrea, also known as “Twinkles,” is the activity specialist at our Loch Ridge Center, where she plans outings around the community. Yoga classes at the Hamilton Library and a weekly bowling league are among them. She ensures that everyone has an individual, meaningful schedule. As a positive role model, Twinkles is active on The Arc’s retention committee and helps organize the Direct Support Professionals banquet.


SELF-ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR RYAN MASON Upon graduating from high school, Ryan entered our employment services and advocated for the type of employment that best suited him. Currently, he is a standout employee at the title company PDP Group, labeling vehicle contracts. As a car lover, Ryan has always wanted to get his driver’s license and buy his own car. He took the initiative to earn his learner’s permit, and he is currently taking driver’s education classes and studying for his license.

NANCY BROWN Nancy is the go-to person who has so much energy that she frequently stands while typing. She harnesses that enthusiasm to make our day programs financially sustainable and works at each center to assist staff with new requirements and to develop individualized programming. It is no surprise that she also is an endearing supervisor.

DIRECT SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR ASAKEGN “ISAAC” GOBENA As a Direct Support Professional in Community Living, Isaac’s comforting demeanor and genuine interest in the gentlemen he supports earned him special recognition as their “brother.” He respectfully encourages healthy food choices and confidence in how they present themselves. He also is close to the men’s families and is quick to respond to their input.

ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AMANDA MAIER As the Information Systems Manager, Amanda is responsible for relevant data on individuals supported by The Arc. What’s more, she enthusiastically and expertly led The Arc through the recent installation of a new database information system, which she planned from the ground up. Amanda facilitated communication between the staff and developers and arranged countless training sessions. The data include nursing care requirements, job histories, family contacts, personal goals and interests. And Amanda always is available to train, trouble shoot and run reports.

DIRECTORS EMERITUS LIZ MOAG, NEIL MACDONALD Liz and Neil joined the Board in 2010, and since then their presence has been invaluable. Liz’s sister receives support from The Arc and her mother was a past Board president. Her drive to learn more about individuals receiving services and their families led her to serve on the development, QE and strategic planning committees. In 2016, she also helped develop an initiative called “Healthy Weights,” which continues. Neil came to the Board with a particular interest in employment of people with disabilities. Through his position as vice president of operations at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, nearly a decade ago he helped establish the “Project SEARCH” job training initiative there. He also chaired our development committee, served as secretary, vice president, and president. In the latter capacity, he led the recent executive director search and transition.

PRESIDENT’S CUP TOM SAND Tom joined The Arc Baltimore Board of Directors in 2010. As a result of his role as Treasurer and on committees, and his involvement with financial projects with our CFO, The Arc saved a large amount of money and established a more solid foundation for our financial structure and the Board’s oversight. He is very generous with his time, talent and treasure, and he works to understand the big picture—and the details that matter.



Working Toward a Strategic Plan


chief operations officer. She spearheaded major organizational changes including their Employment First initiative, shifting to community-based supports, and developing their career ladder program. Laura shares her fresh view, first impressions, and vision for where we are going.


Tell me about your Chief Transformation Officer title instead of Chief Program Officer. What is the meaning of that title? Originally, the position was posted as Chief Program Officer. As Kathleen and I talked about her vision, it was clear she was looking for more than someone to manage the status quo. So much is changing in this field. We need to be nimble and strategic in how we adapt to the new requirements while ensuring we stay focused on the people we support and the direct support professionals who bring the mission to life. While we could have left the title as Chief Program Officer, we wanted to send a clear message that we will be changing and transforming. Since I’ve been here and meeting new people, the title has actually been a great conversation starter. Typically when I meet someone, they will ask me what the title means and what changes are ahead. This simple act helps spread the message of what The Arc Baltimore is trying to achieve and why. And while “transformation” is not in everyone’s title, it is critical to note that every employee in this organization is a change agent. We all need to work together, share ideas, brainstorm solutions and collaborate to ensure successful transformation.


How does your position support changes in the DD field including CMS Final Rule and Employment First? The position is intended to be the overarching bridge between all programs and supports offered at The Arc Baltimore. Historically, the organization operated in a traditional divisional structure that sometimes resulted in “silos.” While this worked well for many years, a huge underlying theme of the CMS Final Rule and Employment First is the shift to a more holistic and community-based model. Communication and collaboration across programs is critical when supporting people in all aspects of their lives.

The Arc Baltimore is developing a Strategic Plan to move us into the future. It will bring together what has been most effective at The Arc in helping people live as independently as possible, along with opportunities to have an even greater focus on supporting them toward their dreams. The plan will ensure compliance with the State’s Employment First initiative and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Final Rule. These changes require us to refocus on our mission and goals, our key programs and supports for people with disabilities and their families, and


An outside consulting firm conducted surveys this summer of our most important constituencies— people we support, their families, as well as our staff and Board—to ensure their input. In the fall, the consultant will lead our Board and leadership staff in developing the final plan. Stay tuned for more details as the new plan is completed. l

Contact Laura Tieman at 410-296-2272 x 5206 or


they may need help waking up on time, dressing professionally, or arranging transportation. If they are new on a job and come home, they may want to talk about their day at work. The direct support professional there in the home is in a great position to coach and guide them.

Making connections in a person’s life is another example of something that is everyone’s job. We can’t look at a person in pieces. To truly support a person to have the Good Life that they want and to help them thrive as a whole person, we can’t limit to just one part of their life. If they want to have a competitive job, or they want to be reunited with a long-lost sibling, or they want to go on a dream vacation, we have to know those things, make the connections between the various aspects of their lives, and support them as needed. We all need that in our life. So this position is intended to bring all programs and supports together so that we can truly ensure people are fully included citizens who are living their best life.


Since I came to The Arc, I have heard many examples of the need to align our programs and services to better help people achieve their dreams. For instance, employment is everyone’s job, not just the people who work in the Community Employment Division. If staff in Community Living is supporting a person in their home and the person is trying to get a job,

our measures for success. A new strategic plan will help us use our resources most effectively to meet our mission.

Since your arrival, is there anything about The Arc Baltimore that you see as surprising or unique? Yes. I knew The Arc Baltimore was a very large organization, but what was surprising to me was that despite the size, it truly feels like a “family.” Everyone is so warm, welcoming, caring, and committed. There are informal picnics, events and other gatherings to ensure we can all connect. In addition, Kathleen really sets the tone. She makes it a priority to meet every new employee on their first day at orientation and she attends 90 Day Retention meetings to hear from new hires how things are going and how we can improve. That sends a message to our staff that connections and relationships are critical to optimal organizational performance.

What is the biggest opportunity for fulfilling our mission in the current strategic planning process underway? The biggest opportunity for fulfilling our mission is to ensure we obtain honest, open feedback from our team members, families and people supported. I am so pleased we were able to do stakeholder surveys this summer. We sought input from as many employees, family members, and board members of the organization as possible, and they had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Senior Management Team. This feedback was given to an independent, external firm that ensured the confidentiality of responses and summarized the issues for us. We also reached out to the New Hope for All advocacy group to obtain feedback from them as well. Decisions are only as good as the information we have when we are making the decisions. So as we embark on strategic planning, it was imperative we hear directly from all of our key stakeholders what is working well, what needs improved, what concerns people have and any other relevant feedback. I believe by obtaining input from The Arc Baltimore family, it will position us to create a strong plan to help us navigate our course forward. l


Thank You to Renewing Members and Contributors! March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 Ms. Mary Adebekun Allstate Leasing Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Alperin Mr. Joseph Anastasio Ms. Michelle Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Anuszewski Asset Strategy Consultants Mr. Olusegun Banjo Mr. Richard Bare Mr. Mark Baum Mrs. Kimberly Becker Ms. Christine M. Bednego Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berg BGE Mr. Sylvester Bieler Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Bonham Mr. Richard Borchers Ms. Nancy Ann Brown Mrs. Claire Brown Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP Ms. Mary Catherine Bunting Mr. and Mrs. Larry Burley Jr. Ms. Colleen Rae Calhoon Mr. Adolphus Carr Mr. Samuel Chavez Ms. Channelle Clark Clayton Baker Trust Ms. Juanita Clinton Ms. Victoria Coleman Comcast Foundation Ms. Janet L. Commarata Mr. Michael J. Conelius Mrs. Joanne Creamer Ms. Antonia Cuesta

Ms. Beth Cushing Mr. Gislin Dagnelie Mr. and Mrs. Erik P. Daly Ms. Kathy Darden Ms. Suzanne Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Brent Davidson Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Davison Dr. and Mrs. Kirk Denicoff Ms. Alicia L. Dickey-Lambert Ms. Elizabeth Donoghue Ms. Arlene Dorsey Ms. Mary Dotterer Ms. Angela Dumouchelle Mr. Brian Durkin Ms. Shanette Edwards Mr. Christian Ehrhardt Ellin & Tucker, Chartered Ernst & Young LLP Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ExxonMobil Fleet car program Ms. Joanna Falcone Mr. Jonathan K. Ferrell Fireline Corporation Mr. Joshua Flax Ms. Barbara Freeman Mr. and Mrs. James Gannon Ms. Shirley Garrett Ms. Agnes Gathogo George Mason Mortgage, LLC Mr. Alexander Gorman Ms. Jennifer S. Gross Ms. Janice Harmis Mr. and Mrs. William Hawkins Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hayden

Welcome, New Members and Contributors! March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 4Front FUN(d) Initiative Mr. and Mrs. Ron Abrams Baltimore County Inaugural, Inc. Dr. Stephan Bart Chet and Dorothy Duke Charitable Fund for The Arc Baltimore Mr. Scott Cochran Mr. and Mrs. Mike Davey Ms. Shilah Victorine Des Anges Ms. Michelle Dodd Mr. Andrew Greenblatt Dr. Alice Hausman Mr. William Higgins Mr. Matthew Hiles

Mrs. Lisa Kay Mr. and Mrs. Robert Loffredo Loyola University Maryland McCormick & Company, Inc. Mr. David Melchior Number Ten Foundation, Inc. PNC Foundation Mr. Harry Ray Ms. Alina Richards Mr. Dan Rozinak Mr. Robert Wall Mr. Daniel Wienhold Mrs. Gina Wyatt

Mrs. Rosemary Heiger Mr. Charles Herndon HFMA Maryland Chapter Mrs. Patricia Hodge-Mack Mr. Gregory Hogan Rev. Patricia Roop Hollinger Hollins Organic Products Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edwin Hook, IV Mr. and Mrs. W. Carl Hossfeld Jr. HS Technology Group Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hudak Mr. and Mrs. James Hudak Mr. David J. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. James Ingram Inverness Presbyterian Church Mrs. Barbara Israel Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Jenkins Mr. Michael E. Johnson Ms. Jane Johnston Mr. George F. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Jones Ms. Claudia Kairoff Mr. Charles Keyser Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Knoerlein Mr. Gerald Krieger Mrs. Judy Kuhar Lakespring Associates Mrs. Virginia Lamp Leonard Paper Company Dr. and Mrs. Philip Levinson Ms. Roberta Lewis Mr. Theodore J. Lingelbach Ms. Elizabeth Lutz Mr. and Mrs. Neil A. MacDonald Dr. Joseph Marine Mary K. Bryant Trust U/A Maryland State Council Knights of Columbus Maryland Truck Tire Mr. and Mrs. Randall Mayer Mr. and Mrs. Connor F. McBryde Ms. Isabel C. McCullough Ms. Kate McGuire Mrs. Kathleen McNally Durkin MedStar Union Memorial Sports Medicine Ms. Kristen C. Mellecker Ms. Diane Mick Mr. Patrick Miles Mrs. Lori Miller Mr. Gary Mingleton Mr. Christopher Morton Mutual of America Ms. Margaret Mutungi Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Naeny Ms. Virginia Naklen Ms. Alyssa Navarrete Ms. Florenece Ndi

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin F. Nehrenz Ms. Demetria L. Newsome Mr. and Mrs. Edmond B. Nolley, Jr. Ms. Sherrie Norwitz O’Conor & Mooney Realtors Oak Contracting, LLC Mr. and Mrs. William H. Oliver Optum Ms. Kate Otti Mr. Olusola Owolabi Mrs. Katie Paff Ms. Donna Paquin Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland Mrs. Jessica Perrotti Mott Pessin Katz Law, P.A. Mrs. Susan Plitt PNC Ms. Patricia J. Pohorence Ms. Nellie Power Ms. Tracy Pruitt Ms. Delores M. Queen Ms. Carol Rabin Ms. Linda Ray RCM&D Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reches Mrs. Beulah J. Reeves Ms. Teresa Reider Mrs. Constance C. Reisig Richlin Catering & Event Center Mr. Charles Rogers Rudolph Supply Ms. Jane Rybka Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sand Ms. Milicent Santos SC&H Group Ms. Olympia Scatliffe Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Schaffer Mr. and Mrs. G. Lewis Schaffner Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scheller Scientific Plant Service, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Scott Ms. Lauren Seabolt Ms. Beatrice Shaughnessy Mr. David Shenberger Ms. Donna Sills, Esq. Ms. Nancy Simms Ms. Marjorie Simon Mr. Michael P. Smith Ms. Lisa M. Smith-Dennis Mr. Adam Southwick Ms. Rose M. Spero Mrs. Teresa Spurrier Ms. Ann M. St. Clair Mrs. Debbie Staigerwald Ms. Mary Maas Stemler Ms. Crystal Stephens Ms. Barbara Stevens Mr. William Stocker

Mr. Maury A. Sugarman Mr. Michael W. Tan Ms. Senait Tekle The Arc United States The Jerome and Sonia Baum Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Suburban Club The Thomas W. Bradley Foundation Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children of Baltimore City Mr. Robbie Thompson Mr. Edward F. Tolzman Jr. University of MD Medical Systems Health Plans Mrs. Erica Vince Vito Ristorante Italiano Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Vocci Ms. Julie Vocci Ms. Rita Wagner Mr. Robert Wall Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Wagner Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, IV Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Wankowski Mr. Don Watts Weiss PR, Inc. Mrs. Mary M. Weller Ms. Diane Westgate Mr. Antoine William, Jr. Ms. Thalia Worrell Ms. Anita Zellner

Gifts in Honor

March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 Ms. Ethel and Mr. Jimmy Barrish Mr. Seth Berlin Mrs. Nancy Brown Mr. Peter Hawkins Dr. and Mrs. Myron Kellner Mrs. Terri Spurrier

Gifts in Memory March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019

Ms. Sandy Anuszewski Ms. Margaret A. Baynes Mr. Roger Burley Mr. Howard Helmer, Sr. Mr. Lou Katz Mr. Thomas Mazan Ms. Lena Neser Mr. Maurice “Chic” Paper Ms. Jacquie Stadler Ms. Bea Steelman Mr. Robert J. Tanenberg Every effort has been made to ­ensure the accuracy of this list. If you feel there is an error, please contact our Development Office at 410-296-2272 x 5220.

Self-Advocates Have ‘New Hope’ Moving Forward


t is not unusual for people with disabilities to be silent about their needs because they don’t know how to express them. They are afraid and embarrassed, and sometimes their caregivers insist on speaking for them,” says Crystal Stephens (in front and center), a member of The Arc Baltimore Board of Directors and the primary receptionist at our Seton Employment Center. Self-advocacy is a skill, she adds, and a priority at The Arc. Some of the best teachers are peers who know how it feels, which is why Crystal agreed to be president of a re-structured group called “New Hope for All,” formerly “Helping Hands.”

Director, wants to make sure this effort works,” Arista says. “We want it to become a huge group because the issues are huge,” including transportation, workplace conflicts and housing. Members also make their collective voices heard in Annapolis when the Maryland General Assembly is in session. If Crystal is the example, energy will not be a problem for “New Hope for All.” She also serves on the Board for People On The Go, a statewide network. Today she lives with her mother and two brothers but is working toward having her own place. Aside from working fulltime, Crystal reads the Bible, shops, and enjoys movies.

“We want to energize the effort, so we had a cookout and invited The Arc community,” Crystal explains. “We welcome everyone who is interested.” She is joined by the Vice President Lynette Small and the Treasurer/Secretary Paris Price.

As one “New Hope for All” participant expresses it, “We do not belong in segregated institutions, sheltered workshops, special schools, or nursing homes. We can live in the same community where you live and work. We can work in worthwhile jobs, and we know how to help each other.” l

Residential Coordinator Arista Williams is the staff facilitator. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at rotating locations. “Kathleen Durkin, our Executive

CONTACT n Arista Williams, 410-296-2272 X5146 or n Crystal Stephens, 410-653-3252 or




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he temperature was hot but the vibes were cool at the annual Summer Kickoff in June at Lutherville’s Seminary Park. The family-style event is a casual get-together connecting over 200 members of The Arc family through food, games and laughter. l


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