The Arc of the Quad Cities Area knows that the current crisis facing our community is challenging for all of us. We also understand all the additional stress that it causes the people served, their families, and friends. This is why we continue to make an effort to keep you informed of what is happening at The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.
Just like almost all organizations in the country, The Arc is adjusting its plans and operations to ensure we are providing the best possible support services to people with disabilities in the Quad Cities. As part of this adjustment, we continue to learn how best to meet the unique needs of each person served. These unique needs range from the typical struggles many of us are experiencing due to sheltering-in-place to directly battling positive cases of coronavirus. We will immediately notify you If your family member or loved one is someone who has tested positive or upon initial exposure to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Throughout this crisis, we continue to implement precautions outlined by physicians, the CDC, the State of Illinois, and The Rock Island County Health Department. The Arc continues to implement mandatory staff masking, pre-work health screenings, additional household cleaning and has limited contact to only essential people for household needs.
The Arc’s goal is to continue to offer essential services to people with disabilities in a manner that helps to stop the spread of the virus. The Community Day Programs at Arc Industries, The Opportunity Center and The Arc Building remain closed following the guidelines from The State of Illinois. Once The State of Illinois determines the programs can start to move forward again, management will begin implementing when and how each of those programs can re-open and will share that information in as timely of a manner as possible. When each of these programs does re-open there may be changes that will need to be implemented to ensure the health and safety of people served.
Even though the full vision of the future of The Arc’s services seems to remain uncertain, we have so much to be appreciative of. We are thankful for families that continue to maintain social distance, we are encouraged by those who have brought joy into our homes through their creative actions, and we continue to be inspired by our direct support professionals who are working round-the-clock to support the people in our care and their families. Residents in our homes have experienced great food from local restaurants, enjoyed musical entertainment from friends, had happy birthday sung to them from management, played “zoom” bingo against other homes, learned to make homemade pizza and so much more. Daily I am inspired by the actions of staff, management and the people served who are taking opportunities to uplift others.
If you find yourself with an inspired idea of how you can help us, or if you have questions, please reach out to us. You can reach out directly to your QIDP or we continue to use and monitor our phone system and you can call us at 309-768-6474 or contact us through our website at www.arcqca.org.