Heartfelt thanks to all


Heartfelt thanks to all who chose ornaments, donated and sponsored our Arc Giving Trees this year. We had a significant number of requests this year and your generosity helped make the holiday special for all. We were able to provide gifts for 82 families in the Greater Plymouth Area. Special thanks to our community partners, Toys for Tots, Cordage Commerce Center, Water Street Cafe, Vela Juice Bar, For Goodness Cakes, Macy’s Hanover and West Wood Village.

Food Pantry

In partnership with Department of Developmental Services, United Way, and the Plymouth Food Distribution Center the Family Support Center developed the first semi-monthly food pantry and bread day at Algonquin Heights Community Center in Plymouth.  Approximately 100 households participate annually with 30-40 bags of non-perishable food distributed twice per month to make several complete meals. We also offer an in-house food pantry on 52 Armstrong Road for the families we serve for breakfast, lunch and dinner staples as well as frozen and refrigerated foods. Thanks to Shaw’s Market, Sauchuk Farms and Speedwell Coffee for their generous contributions.


Arc Ornament designThe Arc of Greater Plymouth is participating in  CommuniTREE, which is an effort by local citizens to have an ornament decorating the town tree for each of Plymouth’s service groups, charities, veterans groups, schools, churches, environmental groups and other community-focused organizations in the town.

Our ornament , which was designed and decorated with help from individuals in our CBDS (Community Based Day Supports) program, was a generous donation from Mark Stafford of Northeast Printing and Graphic Design. It is an example of the work of his new CO2 Laser/Engraver.  We appreciate his enthusiastic support and design help for our project.  Thank you Mark and a special thank you to Catherine Yang and all our CBDS volunteers for facilitating the decoration of our ornament with our LOGO coloration.

Look for our ornament at the Town Square Tree lighting on Dec 4th

ARC OF GREATER PLYMOUTH: Inspired Teacher grants awarded 2015

Each year since school year 2008-2009, the Arc of Greater Plymouth, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Plymouth, has awarded six Inspired Teacher grants of $500 to teachers who promote inclusion in their classrooms in creative ways. This year, eight grants were awarded.

Rachel Bates, school psychologist, Federal Furnace Elementary School, Plymouth, for purchase of materials for the Zones of Regulation curriculum to be used in regular education classroom centers, grades K-5.

Susan Carey, grade 4 English Language Arts, and Jennifer Mulvaney, technology integration specialist, Manomet Elementary School, for two grants to purchase a subscription to the Storia eBook Program for students in grades K-5.

Pamela Borgeson, engineering teacher, Hanover High School, for purchase of EV3 Lego Robotics for inclusive first-year engineering students.

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Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and the Plymouth Phil Orchestra with Maestro Steven Karidoyanes!

On April 12th at Memorial Hall the Arc of Greater Plymouth’s Sponsors and Guests enjoyed a truly inspiring performance with Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Steven Karidoyanes.

Sponsors enjoyed a pre-concert cocktail reception with delicious hor d’oeurves catered by Nosh Tavern and table seating on the floor for a birds -eye view of the Concert. More than 600 guests attended the Concert.

Highlights include Ronan’s rendition of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” which left some teary-eyed and others speechless and Steven Karidoyanes’ original orchestral composition of the Irish melody “Inisheer.” Beautiful! Wonderful Irish humor and friendly banter between Ronan Tynan and Steven Karidoyanes created a memorable fun evening!

A heart-felt Thank You to all of our Sponsors without whom nothing would have been possible! Thank you – Cool Gear, Duggan Builders, Cordage Commerce Center, Bay Coast Bank, Webster Bank, Rockland Federal Credit Union, John and Karen Griffin,Comcast, Eastern Bank, Edgar & Pauline Main Foundation, Partners Benefit Group, Roger Monty Family, Malissa Kenney Family, Newfield House, Rhumbline Advisers, Tenebrae, WPLM, Erickson Enterprises, Plymouth Rotary Club, Rockland Trust and Cartmell Funeral Home.

Thank you to Sponsors, Donors and Ticket-Buyers in helping to reach our goal of providing accessible playground equipment for Stevens Field Playground in Plymouth.

Thank you to committee members and Arc staff for their time and efforts!

THE ARC OF GREATER PLYMOUTH: Local teachers honored for work with challenged students

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PLYMOUTH – The Arc of Greater Plymouth has recognized five local educators with inspired teacher grants for their support of inclusive education.

This year’s recipients of the Spreading Inclusion grants are speech pathologist Meena Tondravi, physical education teacher Lauren Andersen, kindergarten teacher Megan Hokanson and special education teachers Barbara Gravelle and Christine Belmonte.

Since 2008, the Arc of Greater Plymouth has awarded six of the $500 grants each year.

Two teachers from Hanover schools will receive grants this year as well.

Tondravi and Gravelle will share one of the four local awards. They plan to use the grant in the Life Skills classes they teach at Plymouth North High School. The money will used to develop social thinking and language skills for challenged students in the program, by taking them into the community to meet with local shopkeepers.

Belmonte will similarly use her grant to promote inclusion in the community of the students in her Project Growth classroom, a post graduate program for challenged students ages 18 to 22.

Andersen, who also teaches at Plymouth North High School, will use her grant to promote inclusion in her gym class. The money will purchase an iPad and applications that will help challenged students record and track their own fitness efforts.

Hokanson, who teaches kindergarten at Manomet Elementary School, will also use the grant to purchase an iPad. She plans to use the equipment to level the field for challenged students in writing assignments by recording stories that others are able to write.

“Their stories are just as interesting as those of someone whose fingers are able to write,” Bobbi Martino, special projects coordinator for the Arc of Greater Plymouth, said.

Started in 1966, the Arc of Great Plymouth is a multi-service, non-profit, support agency for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities from school age to old age.

“Our mission is to provide individualized and flexible support for people, so they have choices in where they want to work and go to school and play and live. And the biggest part of our mission within those supports, the primary part, is to instill a sense of community for the people we support so they are able to give back to the community,” Martino said. “Our giving back to teachers thanks them for supporting the people we work with. These Plymouth kids are really lucky. We have some marvelous teachers working with them.”

Moving to Our New Home

Arc of Greater Plymouth plans new home – The Boston Globe

The Arc of Greater Plymouth Inc., a nonprofit that supports people with developmental disabilities and their families, plans to move to an 11,000-square-foot building at 52 Armstrong Road in Plymouth. Renovations are now underway to make the site handicap accessible, and Arc plans to move in by late fall.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said spokeswoman Susan O’Neal.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, issued a $1.2 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of the organization to pay for the purchase of the building and the renovations.

“We have to get a handicap elevator in,” said O’Neal. “We have some work to do.”

The two-story building, located in Plymouth Industrial Park, will serve as The Arc of Greater Plymouth’s new headquarters. It will house the organization’s administrative offices and program space, and will be the home base for its family support and employment services, life skill classes, and job search resources, she said.

O’Neal said the nonprofit has been located in Suite 208 at 10 Cordage Park Circle for about a decade. Its new home will be about double the size of the space it is in now, she said.

Originally formed in 1966 by parents and volunteers, the organization now has 35 full- and part-time employees. It serves Plymouth, Plympton, Hanover, Hanson, Carver, Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke, Halifax, and Kingston.

“Our numbers have grown significantly,” said O’Neal. “We’re serving 600 individuals and 1,000 families. That’s just in Greater Plymouth.”

Ever since the economic downturn and recession, she added, “There’s a greater need, too, for more services.”