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St. Andrew Bay Center is now The Arc of the Bay and is proud to join The Arc’s national brand in the spirit of energy and a renewed commitment to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (I/DD) and their families.
This dynamic new logo is the new face of The Arc of the Bay and will be on our publications, web site, signs, community events and more. The logo will unite our affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us,” a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect.
“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of the Bay and the mission of The Arc. The new logo is bringing the work of a strong and energetic organization front and center and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity: Opportunity for Hope, Opportunity for Growth and an Opportunity for Change,” said Executive Director, Ron Sharpe.
The Arc is the Nation’s largest and leading organization for people with I/DD and their families with 67 years of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities. The Arc is an agent of change and over the past six decades, The Arc has been on the front lines advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and more.
By ERYN DION, News Herald Reporter
PANAMA CITY BEACH — When the St. Andrew Bay Center asked their client, Shirley, what she liked in life and what her dreams might be, her answer was pretty simple — she liked money.She works at the center, a day training program for adults with mental and intellectual disabilities, most days, packing napkins and flatware for local restaurants and stuffing newspapers into plastic sleeves. She even takes home a paycheck, which she said she spends on clothes and shoes.
But Ron Sharpe, the center’s executive director, wanted to take Shirley’s dream a step further. Through their Dream Inspired Planning program, which gives clients a chance to spend a day working their dream job, Sharpe, and Centennial Bank, were able to let Shirley spend an hour behind the counter at their Panama City Beach Branch, learning how to be a teller and servicing the drive-thru window.
“All we’re really doing is helping them be more independent and more productive in their lives,” Sharpe said. “Trying to find their niche.”
Before Shirley was even given any assignment at the bank she was already making herself at home, asking the tellers their names, asking about their kids, and doling out compliments like candy. The bank employees took her under their wings, walking her through each transaction, letting her hold the money and collect receipts, all while giving a generous helping of high-fives and encouragement.
“It’s emotional, watching her,” Sharpe said. “I know on the ride back we’re going to be talking about it.”
Because of her limitations, Shirley wouldn’t be able to work as a teller at the bank, Sharpe explained, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t do light janitorial work for them, or work as a greeter. It’s about the experience, he said, and while matching their clients and a sponsor can be a challenge, it’s definitely rewarding.
Last month, for instance, the St. Andrew Bay Center was able to help another client achieve his dream of being a truck driver like his father and brother.
“They will remember this for the rest of their lives,” Sharpe said. “They will talk about this every day they come back to the center.”
The following is an Article from WJHG TV
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Have you ever dreamed of doing something but never got a chance to do it? Well the clients at St. Andrew Bay Center were introduced to “Dream Boards,” a creative way to for them to express their goals and aspirations using pictures and words for their possible future.
One of those clients got a chance to be a teller for the day at the beach location of Centennial Bank. She expressed an interest in learning about money and banking as a career after recently attending a training class titled “Dream Inspired Planning.”
Shirley’s dream board indicated that she would like to be a bank teller. Thanks to Brenda Marquis, Centennial Bank branch manager, along with entire Centennial Bank team, Shirley got the chance to chase her dream.
Ron Sharpe, Director of the St. Andrew Bay Center, said, “It’s a dream but by the same token is this and we’ll take Shirley for example. Shirley may not get a chance to work with money but as you saw with her personality there’s other things within the facility here that she is capable of doing.”
Several other St. Andrew Bay Center clients will be visiting other businesses next week as well, learning how to groom animals and another will be learning about bridal services. The program allows them to explore and experience their employment opportunities.
We learned through Shirley’s Dream Board that she would like to be a bank teller. Brenda Marquis of Centennial Bank offered to show Shirley about banking through a visit to a Centennial Bank branch. Shirley will visit the Centennial Bank Branch located on 12141 Panama City Beach Parkway on Tuesday, May 9th at 10 AM. Many thanks to all the folks at Centennial Bank for helping Shirley to visualize her DREAM!!!
St. Andrew Bay Center has several clients visiting other businesses in the next few weeks to learn about grooming animals to bridal services. Ths allows clients them to explore and experience employment opportunities.
Amazing what we accomplished in 3 hours with our volunteers from Lynn Haven United Methodist Church during our annual City Serve! Kudos to ALL the volunteers, staff at LHUMC & Board Member Doris Hast for helping us make this a huge success!! George & Bill, two of our clients were instrumental to the success as well! FYI, the colors were picked by our clients!!
Busy board of directors meeting today recognizing individuals & companies making a difference in the lives of our clients! Eric Myers, thank you for your help with the Condo Raffle Fundraiser! Katherine Duke Naumann & the Trane Company, Thank You for donating a 5 ton a/c unit for our Adult Day Training Center!! Charles Guy & Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical, Thank you guys for the FREE installation on the 5 Ton a/c unit!! All of these made a direct positive economic impact on our agency!!
THANK YOU ALL!
Many thanks to so many who helped us today during our Inaugural Super Heroes 5K & FunRun!! So many winners, volunteers, over 130 runners! Thank you all!! University Academy, Margaret K. Lewis Exceptional School, Rob Delaney, Bill Kinsaul, Jill Boykin, Patrick Aaron Boykin, Doris Hast, Mathew Hill, Maggie Wattenbarger, Don Sirmons, Nathan Creel, Kohl’s Mary Lou Scott-Sersch, and Gulf Coast State College.
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Wow!! What an amazing day! So much fun & learning!!
From having the BEST volunteer & Easter Bunny in the world, MS Hannah Ginn, making goodies for our staff & clients, Shay Barnes Catrett & staff from Bay Solutions & Whispering Palms providing an Easter egg hunt for our clients, an awesome visit with Commissioner Robert Carroll and wrapping up with dental hygiene training from the BEST interns, Cecilia Weld & Jennifer Wright from Gulf Coast State College all in one day! YES, it was and is a “GOOD FRIDAY!”