Category: News and Stories

The Arc of the Bay Culinary Institute to Open Coffee Shops and Cafe on Gulf Coast State College Campus

Something awesome is coming to the ATC and Student Union East

The Arc of the Bay Culinary Institute is excited to bring our program to the Gulf Coast State College Campus!


A coffee shop featuring coffee from Amavida Coffee Roasters and a selection of breakfast items with an expanded menu coming October 1st.


A café offering light lunches and snacks. We’ll also have a coffee shop featuring coffee from Amavida Coffee Roasters and a selection of breakfast items.

Vote for The Arc of the Bay in CIT Bank’s Act of Caring Campaign

The Arc of the Bay was selected along with nine other of charities in the US for $10,000 grant from CIT Bank. We now have the opportunity to double the grant total by receiving the most votes in the CIT Bank’s Act of Caring campaign. View the link below to vote now. The deadline for voting is July 19th.

This grant will help further our mission in providing life & job skills allowing individuals with HUMAN NEEDS lead a more productive & independent life.

Click Below to Vote Today (You may ONLY vote once during this contest):

Thanks in advance for your support.

Our Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

As you know, it was our goal to reopen our Adult Day Training Programs at both of our locations this Wednesday, July 1st.  Well, again after further review & feedback from several other local providers, we have decided to remain closed, especially with the current spike in new COVID-19 cases.  

As this is our 3rd attempt to make a sincere effort to reopen, we will not announce an exact date of reopening except to say that we will continue daily to closely monitor and will provide an update as soon as we can regarding a date for  reopening.

We have been very fortunate that none of our associates have tested positive or shown all symptoms associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thanks in advance for your support.

With gratitude,


*Individuals will need to call ahead to reserve their attendance.

 **We will be following all CDC/FDOH COVID-19 safety guidelines.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and prayers as we navigate our future plans for the special individuals that we have the privilege to serve.

We will continue to keep you abreast of any updates and changes.

Most sincerely,

Other COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 +1 (866) 779-6121 or email [email protected]

For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard here

* Florida residents that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated out of state are not reflected on the Florida map.

** Total cases overview includes positive cases in Florida residents and non-Florida residents tested in Florida.

More Information on COVID-19

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to [email protected].

Valentine’s Day Will Be Here Before You Know It…Order a Lollipop from our Lollipop Shop

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Valentine’s Day Special Offers:  Quantities are Limited! Each lollipop and arrangement are handmade.  Container and lollipop color may vary based on availability.

Instructions for Ordering:

  1. Download the Order Form by clicking the button below (or by clicking here)
  2. Fill out the Order Form
  3. Fax your completed Order Form to (850) 248-2952

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Take 5 To Give $5 – Bus Fundraiser

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are kicking off a fundraising campaign for a new bus. Generous donors have come forward and helped us cover half ($30,000) of the cost of the new bus. We now need to raise the funds to cover the remaining $30,000. This is where you (and our new fundraising campaign – TAKE 5 TO GIVE $5) come in as we will now be accepting donations (as well as business sponsorships) for the new bus.

You can either click the DONATE button on this post or the link below to donate today. A minimum donation of $5 is being requested however, you may give any amount above that to show your support. Business sponsorships are ALSO available. Your logo (or business name) will be added to the van if a Business Sponsorship was to be purchased.

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This fundraiser has ended. Thanks for your support!


United Way Luncheon Fundraiser – Monday Nov 6 – Buy Your Tickets Today!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]WHEN: Monday November 6th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM WHERE The Arc of the Bay Community Room 1804 Carolina Ave. Lynn Haven FL 32444

LUNCH MENU: Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits, Peach Cobbler A la Mod



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Lewis’s Dream Comes TRUE!

Chemical South Transportation provided the opportunity for Lewis to have his dream come true! Julie Barrett-Anderson saw our FB post last week where we shared Lewis had a dream to ride in an 18 wheeler!  Julie called her husband, Todd who works for CST, and his boss, Brad, and they visited us this morning… Smiles Galore!!!

Valentine’s Dance at the Moose Lodge

Panama City Moose Lodge is the BEST! Another AWESOME night!!! Every year they go above and beyond providing a Valentines Dance, Halloween & Christmas Party for individuals with special needs. Many thanks to the Panama City Moose Lodge for holding this dance for our special needs community!!! Nothing but smiles on everyone’s faces and lots of good times! 

St. Andrew Bay Center Clients say you are making a DIFFERENCE!!