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Dear Friend and Supporter,

As we take a look back on the 60 year history of The Arc of the South Shore, it’s easy to see our record of providing outstanding programs, services and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

In May of 1951, The Arc of the South Shore was incorporated, founded by parents who saw a need to improve the quality of life for their loved ones. These family members supported The Arc with gifts of their time, effort, and financial contributions. Since that time, the Arc of the South Shore has grown to serve over 1,500 individuals and families annually, who are striving to assist and insure that all are included and involved with their peers, neighbors and the community. I am proud to become part of this tradition, as the new board President. I am asking you to join me in supporting this great organization.

Today, The Arc continues to provide the best quality programs and services available to ensure a productive and full life, as well as advocate on Beacon Hill. In today’s economic climate, with continuous deep and devastating cuts to state funding, we need to rely on supporters like you to help us continue on the path that was begun sixty years ago.

The fact of the matter is, cuts to vital services will have the same effect on some families as if they were sent back to those dark days, which should be nothing other than a distant memory. Your support of The Arc of the South Shore’s Appeal will help maintain programs which have already been cut drastically over the last couple years, and now face even deeper cuts.

Programs included in these cuts;

• First Early Intervention which is an integrated developmental service offering both evaluation and therapeutic services to children birth to three years of age.

• Family and Community Supports which provides programs that are designed to provide activities that foster the growth of interpersonal skills and promote greater community inclusion. Also provide Assistance/Guidance for individuals and families in navigating local and state agencies.

• Day Habilitation which employs a team approach to provide a wide range of therapeutic supports with the goal of improving independent functioning in the areas of self-care, mobility, communication, health maintenance, nutrition, social skills, and community integration.

• Employment Services which offers adults with I/DD the opportunity to perform paid subcontract work tasks for local businesses at our work center as well as opportunities for employment in the community.

In honor of The Arc of the South Shore’s 60th year, I’d like to ask you to make a donation to our spring appeal in an amount that is a multiple of 60! Whether that’s $60, $600, $6,000, or whatever support you may be able to afford, every gift will help us to carry on in these difficult times.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Scott Towne

The Arc of the South Shore

Board President



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