Fall 2014 Newsletter

The Arc of the Ozarks has reached a milestone…50 years of providing ser-vices to individuals with disabilities. There was a time when individuals with disabilities received services from several sources. These sources only fo-cused on one aspect of life. Someone with a disability would come to The Arc of the Ozarks for Residential Services while going to another provider for education and another for employment. The Arc of the Ozarks has adapted and changed over the last fifty years into an agency providing education, employment, residential, day habilitation and specialized services. Read More »

Local Autism Center Celebrates Fall Festival and Open House

Springfield, Missouri - Oct. 15, 2014 – The Rivendale Institute of Learning and Center for Autism is a local program of The Arc of the Ozarks Autism Services department that services children from the ages 2-21 with Autism, learning disabilities and emotional disabilities. Read More »

The Arc Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Individuals with Disabilities

When the Arc of the Ozarks was established in 1964, the organization had a clear set of lofty goals in mind. First, there was the vision of being a leader in service delivery for those with disabilities, providing both support and services that would allow them to work within their communities while enhancing the quality of their lives. Read More »

The Arc Honors Direct Support Staff

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared the week of Sept. 8 -12 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. Read More »

Newly Appointed Executive Staff

SPRINGFIELD, MO -- Tim Dygon is the new vice president for program services; Chip Wolf is the new the vice president of operations, and Marybeth Kleinsasser is director of human resources, announces Mike Powers, president/CEO at The Arc of the Ozarks. Read More »

News Release

SPRINGFIELD, MO -- Mike Powers is the new president/CEO of The Arc of the Ozarks, succeeding John H. Foley who retires in April, 2014. Powers currently is executive vice president at The Arc. Read More »

News Release

SPRINGFIELD, MO – The Arc of the Ozarks has purchased Rivendale Institute of Learning and Center for Autism (Rivendale) offering year round programming for children with autism and related disabilities. Mike Powers, The Arc president/CEO says, “This is a perfect fit with our growing CounterPoint Autism Services program. Rivendale is a premier alternative to public education for students on the spectrum. We will continue providing a quality education in a Missouri Department of Education approved private agency.” Read More »

Summer 2014 Newsletter

The Arc of the Ozarks has purchased Rivendale Institute of Learning and Center for Autism (Rivendale) offering year round programming for children with autism and related disabilities. Mike Powers, The Arc president/CEO says, “This is a perfect fit with our growing CounterPoint Autism Services program. Rivendale is a premier alternative to public education for students on the spectrum. We will continue providing a quality education in a Missouri Department of Education approved private agency.” Read More »

Spring 2014 Newsletter

The month of April is full of big changes and celebrations for The Arc. Former President/CEO, John Foley, and former Human Resources Director, Doug Wallner have retired. Both men have been a assets to The Arc of the Ozarks and its growth over the years. The Arc, its board, staff, clients and families have benefited significantly from these two gentlemen’s leadership. Read More »

Winter 2014 Newsletter

Mike Powers is the new president/CEO of The Arc of the Ozarks, succeeding John H. Foley who retires in April, 2014. Powers previously served as executive vice president at The Arc. The Arc board of directors named Powers to the top job, citing his 21 years of service. In that capacity, he oversaw the programming components of The Arc. Powers is an accreditation surveyor for CARF, the national accrediting body, and The Arc has repeatedly earned full CARF accreditation. Read More »

Fall 2013 Newsletter

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared the week of Sept. 8-14 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. These staff members comprise the front line in providing supports for individuals with disabilities. The Arc hosted three luncheons for the staff on Sept. 10 in Springfield, Sept. 11 in Joplin and Sept. 13 in Monett. Read More »

Summer 2013 Newsletter

On Friday June 25 individuals gathered from Joplin and Springfield at the open house for the newly finished Joplin duplex. The group consisted of Joplin community leaders, elected officials, media, staff from The Arc and the new residents of the duplex. The duplex will be used to support The Arc’s Joplin Renovations program and the residents are set to move in July 15. Read More »

Spring 2013 Newsletter

The Luck of the Irish was plentiful at the March 16 ERC annual recognition banquet. More than 300 staff and guests took advantage of a great party and live band at the Ramada Oasis. Read More »

Winter 2013 Newsletter

On Tuesday, Nov. 27 two dozen people gathered to break ground on a new duplex for those supported by The Arc’s Renovations program in Joplin. The group included community leaders, media, staff from The Arc and the duplex’s future residents. Read More »

Dance Classes Helps Engage Adults with Autism

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --For adults with autism, it's time to bring out the old dancing shoes. A class in Springfield works with developmentally disabled adults. Like the old jazz standard goes, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." Read More »

Arc of the Ozarks Ground Breaking

JOPLIN, MO.--- Michael Malcuit and John Foley are both proud to be moving dirt for the new Arc of the Ozarks Housing in Joplin. Read More »

Fall 2012 Newsletter

Mural completes Cassville Day Program renovations. The day program building in Cassville recently received some upgrades, including the addition of a quiet room. Read More »

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Over 700 individuals with disabilities receive services from The Arc of the Ozarks each month. Each of these individuals is unique and has different ways of reacting to different situations. With this in mind, The Arc adopted Mandt training in 1998 to help staff learn proper techniques for dealing with people with disabilities, particularly in potentially stressful situations. Read More »

Spring 2012 Newsletter

The Arc of the Ozarks will open a facility for medically fragile individuals with developmental disabilities in May. This facility, located in North Springfield, will be home to six individuals. The home will also have two temporary beds for transition from hospital to home. Read More »

Winter 2012 Newsletter

On Saturday March 10 The Arc of the Ozarks will hold its first conference for families of individuals with autism at The University Convention Center in Springfield, MO. The event runs from 8am-3:30pm and features keynote speakers, break out sessions and activities for family members. Read More »

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