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As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Arc of Grays Harbor is composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, professionals and concerned members of the community. The Arc’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with our network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.

Community Engagement

The Arc of Grays Harbor provides Community Guide and Community Engagement services for clients receiving DDA services. These services allow people with disabilities the ability to access their community with the supports they need. Participants engage in a variety of community-based opportunities to grow their social network and knowledge.

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Parent to Parent

The Parent to Parent Support Program provides emotional support and information to families of children with a disability or special healthcare needs

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Information and Referrals

Are you looking for disability resources or services in the community? We can help! Contact us or check out our Community Resource Directory

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Need help applying for SSI or DDA?

Contact us to set up an appointment. We can assist you in filling out the applications for Social Security and Developmental Disability Administration services. 

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We've been working on this for almost a year, but in keeping with Aesop's wise advice to avoid counting unhatched eggs, I haven't really mentioned it.

Until now.

The Arc of Grays Harbor has purchased the building in which we previously leased office space. It is a huge win for harborites with disabilities, and I thank Debbie Harper with Rural Development at the USDA, Alexandra Fastle at Senator Murray's office, Jim Daly at the Grays Harbor Community foundation and The Arc of Grays Harbor Board of Directors.

Our building is 4100 square feet of very nice and flexible space, in a good location with good access to transportation. The financing package guarantees our viability indefinitely, preserves our cash reserves and enables us to concentrate our energies and resources on programs for the people we serve.

In the next fiscal year, ownership of the building will save us a lot of money and will give us an additional 800sf of space. More importantly, it allows us to expand the services we can offer to the community.

 

We are kicking around several ideas to utilize the new space, but we know that it'll be geared toward providing social and employment training opportunities.

On a personal note, I had a medical procedure on Thursday that gave me a weekend of leisure to daydream about the future and how we can help people.

Adam loves to make fused glass jewelry. His work is beautiful, and when he shows it at events, he sells out quickly. What he lacks is a retail display venue for it.

Mary is starting a business selling vinyl signs and crafts. The market for her products is robust, but getting visibility is a constant challenge.

Alan loves to tinker. His friends and neighbors know that he's a go-to resource to repair their computers and appliances. He'd be highly employable to an employer who could work around his disabilities.

Ruth loves people, and would thrive in a low-key retail environment, perhaps at a thrift store.

Susan's special education work has led her to a career as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist, and working with an established organization to outreach to clients would give her fledgling business a head start.

Now that we have this space, we could help bring any or all of these dreams to reality.

What does the harbor need more of? Let me know your thoughts.