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Golf tournament shines despite COVID-19 delay

The 17th annual Monett Golf Tournament took place on Friday, June 19 at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course. The event was originally scheduled for May 1, but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

While still being cautious, this year’s tournament took place with social distancing modifications. Boxed lunches, catered by Jami Lynn’s Dinner to Go, were placed in the spaced-out golf carts, volunteers at the tournament wore masks with sanitizer and masks available to all participants. Even on the course there were adjustments: pool noodles were added to the holes so golfers could fetch their ball without touching the sides of the cup or the flag.

Despite the change of date and some restrictions, the tournament hosted 18 teams. A little rain throughout the tournament didn’t stop anyone from having fun and raising funds for our Monett Division. “The Monett Golf Tournament is a staple to the Monett community. We are so happy to have had such a successful event after having to postpone,” stated Danielle Wise, Director of Development for The Arc of the Ozarks.

The $6,200 raised from the tournament will help support The Arc’s clients that reside in Barry and Lawrence counties.

A special thank you to all of the sponsors of this tournament: Freedom Bank, ASI, Liberty Utilities, KPM CPAs and Advisors, John A Lewright Attorney, MEA Financial, Lily Chemical, Xcel Biz Services, Nestleroad & Roberts Optometrist, Dennis Scholl, Genesis Bolt, Shelter Insurance – Andy Brandt, First Independent Bank, First State Bank of Purdy, Randall, Masri & Randall, Crown Power & Equipment and Sater Pharmacy.

Winners of the tournament are listed below:

1st A Flight: Shelter Insurance – Score 50

2nd A Flight: MEA Financial – Score 53

1st B Flight: David Tatum – Score 58

2nd B Flight: Doug Carr team – Score 58

Longest Drive #15 – Mike Emhoff

Closest to the Pin #18 – Doug Pascoe

Closest to the Pin #5 – Bryan Boggs

Closest to the Pin # 16 – Jack Bailey

Closest to the Pin #9 – Wayne Clifton

Don’t Miss Out on your Chance to Win a 2020 Toyota Tundra!

With the Price Cutter Charity Championship Golf Tournament presented by Dr Pepper, a little luck can go a long way. That’s because for $25 you’ll get an admission pass for all four tournament days (a $40 value), plus a 1-in-8,000 chance to win a 2020 Toyota Tundra, or $10,000 in cash and you’ll have a one-in-16 chance to win one of 125 daily prizes worth at least $25 each. But best of all, 100 percent of your ticket proceeds will go toward the The Arc of the Ozarks No Limits Summer Camp Program.

Winner will be drawn at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday, July 26th. Need not be present to win. You will receive a tax receipt and confirmation of your ticket purchase immediately through the email address you provide. You will be mailed a physical ticket for your entry into the tournament within 3-5 business days.

If you have any questions, please contact Stevie Stryker at [email protected].

Thank you for your support of The Arc of the Ozarks!

Amazon Wishlists!

Our staff and clients are continuously coming up with creative ways to stay busy, active and have fun at home. We would love to continue to provide our clients with fun activities while they shelter-in-place.

Please consider purchasing something from our Amazon wishlist! The supply is limited and many could benefit from these items – art supplies, board games, word searches, outdoor games, etc. When you purchase something from the list, it will come directly to the selected division you are shopping for where all items are packaged and distributed.

Access the wishlists here:

Springfield Residential Game Room

Kansas City Game Room

Renovations Game Room

Community Connections Game Room

Crowhaven Game Room

Joplin Division Game Room

Monett Division Game Room

CounterPoint Game Room

Medical and Cleaning Supplies Needed

Many people have been asking how they can help The Arc of the Ozarks during this difficult time. While we have plans and preparations to deal with disasters and crises, this situation is simply unprecedented. Our staff is considered essential, so even when shelter-in-place orders are issued, they still report to work to make sure we provide care for the people we serve. We want to make sure we keep all of our staff, their families, and the individuals we serve safe.

❗️If you can donate any of the following items, we would greatly appreciate it!❗️

– Medical gowns
– N-95 masks (only used for staff to care for individuals with COVID-19)
– Medical masks (we will donate any excess N-95 masks to local hospitals)
– Thermometers
– Cleaning products/supplies
– Medical gloves
– Toilet paper, Kleenex and other paper supplies
– Soap, Shampoo and other hygiene products


1️⃣ You may drop off any of these items to our Elfindale office (1721 West. Elfindale) between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday.

2️⃣ Give a financial contribution directly on our website:

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COVID-19 Information

The Arc of the Ozarks is minimizing risk factors associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We consider the health and safety of the individuals we serve and our employees our top priority.  With that in mind, until further notice, The Arc will be limiting access to some non-essential services, group activities, large training sessions, community outings and other community mitigation and social distancing strategies.  We will also be closing our offices to the general public and conducting some services, meetings, and interviews by telephone and electronically.  We are asking that family members consider limiting visits with individuals receiving residential services and instead communicate by telephone and emails to reduce the amount of personal contact. If you have an emergency or any questions, please call The Arc’s main phone line at (417) 864-7887.

Socializing Adds Richness to Life

The Arc of the Ozarks believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live, work, learn and play in their community. In our Monett Division, we host a Monett Weekend group in which individuals benefit by doing activities within the Monett community. This is a story about Jaffon, an individual that wanted to get more involved, but needed a little support in accomplishing his goals:

Jaffon has been involved with the Monett Weekend Group for many years, however if there was a group retreat that involved going out into the community, he was reluctant to be involved and would cancel before each occasion.

With the help of staff support and guidance, Jaffon has shown a complete turnaround regarding socialization. He is the now one of the first to let staff know that he wishes to attend activities. This has been the case for him over the course of the last several months. Jaffon is now affectionately referred to as a “social butterfly”.

This is an example of how, with just a bit of encouragement and support, we can stand with our individuals while they direct their own lives to be valued members of the communities in which we all live.


With Encouragement, Goals Can Be Achieved

Loretta had once dismissed the idea of doing physical activity or exercising. She opted to play computer games at the local library instead. Although playing on the computer at the library is a way to fill up time, there’s not physical movement involved, and she was missing out of socializing.

Loretta’s pathway to exercise involved a committed support system made up of The Arc staff who encouraged her along the way. Loretta now regularly attends group exercise classes 3 days a week at the Monett Area YMCA with other community members. Not only has her social group expanded, she has lost weight. The weight loss improved her overall cardiovascular health, which had been a worry in the past.

This is just one example of how, with just a bit of encouragement and support, we can stand with our individuals while they direct their own lives to be valued members of the communities in which we all live.


12th Anniversary for Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show

The 12th Annual Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show took place this past Saturday and Sunday at the Springfield Expo Center. The event featured over 100 outdoor related businesses and activities for the whole family. There was something for all outdoor enthusiasts at the event.

A few new elements added this year was a Kid’s Korner and 3D Archery tournament. The Kid’s Korner area allowed children of all ages to build birdhouses, put together turkey calls, play virtual reality hunting games, get a balloon animal created by Ronzo the Clown or play in the bounce house. All lumber materials for the birdhouses were donated by Sutherlands and Meek’s. Crossroads Archery Club brought a 3D Tournament indoors during the event with over 130 participants. Individuals were awarded on stage Sunday for several categories.

The show also had a great seminar line up of numerous outdoor topics including bass and crappie fishing, Dutch oven cooking and deer hunting. Matt Drury of Drury Outdoors headlined the seminar schedule on Sunday providing a Q & A session for spectators.

All proceeds from the event benefit our No Limits Summer Camp program. This program provides a summer of therapeutic and fun activities for children with developmental disabilities.

This event is only made possible by the many sponsors and volunteers that donate their time and money to help make this event successful year after year. The Arc would like to extend a special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Central Bank of the Ozarks.

Plans for the 13th Annual Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show are underway with a date to be determined soon.

Local Business Helps Individuals Live Their Best Life

Lenna is one of our JMARK donation recipients. Each month, JMARK donates an amount to some of our clients so they may live their best life possible. Lenna had some health challenges, so before the donation, she wasn’t able to spend money on items such as clothing. With the generous donation, she was able to go shopping and bought some new clothes. She was especially excited to purchase a piece that is adorn with butterflies.

Lenna had also used some of the money to buy Christmas presents for her housemates, her guardian and her service coordinator. She is now saving up so she can buy herself everything she needs to learn to crochet.

JMARK, thank you so much for giving her the opportunity to purchase these things. It means the world to Lenna.


Thank you to JMARK

Allene was able to do so many special and memorable things in 2019 thanks to the generous donors from JMark. Several times throughout the year had the opportunity to do various things, such as getting her nails done at a local salon and crafting at Pottery Village Café. She also visited Branson and purchased VIP tickets to “Raiding the Country Vault,” which featured performers singing classic country songs by Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. While in Branson she shopped for clothes, went to the fudge shop, visited the Christmas store and ate at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner.  

The donated funds from JMARK also allowed for Allene to buy her Halloween costume, a butterfly. She was also able to update the decorations in her home and bought new curtains for her living room. Several times throughout the year, she went bowling. And, to get even more bang for her buck, she purchased a zoo pass for herself, so she could go whenever she wanted.

Thank you again to the generous donors at JMARK. Because of you, Allene had more fun, went more places and had more opportunities to be involved in her local community. We appreciate you!