The Point ARC of Northern Kentucky
Mission, History of Organization:
The Point ARC of No. Ky. was chartered June 6, 1972. We are the result of a merger between two parent groups – one from Campbell Co. (HARC) and the parents of children at Riverside Good-Counsel School where prior to the enactment of PL 94-142, in 1976-77, was the segregated school where all children with mental retardation attended. NKAR (No. Ky. Association For Retarded Citizens) was name selected and we joined the state and national associations. When the law was passed mandating public education for all, students 6 through 21 were filtered into their district schools and the need for us to raise funds to support transportation needs and maintain the building ended. Under the leadership of Judi Gerding who was board chair after this transition NKAR’S focus went to “filling in the service gaps” for those exiting public education at age 21.
In 42 “short” years we are a full-service agency providing educational, residential, social, and vocational opportunities for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. In the mid nineties we officially changed our name to The Point/Arc of No. Ky. in compliance with the state and national in an effort to remove the “r” word from our title.
We’ve come from a zero budget in 1972 to 5 million in 2014. Uniquely we remain less than 24 % government funded and our goal is to be self-sufficient.
Problem being addressed:
We currently have 9 group homes, 3 social enterprises. Pre-Voc and Career Development classes, and case management programs are conducted in our Point Learning Center. Our Employment Program offers Job Placement & lifelong follow-up. Our Activities Program offers weekly, monthly & quarterly social offerings, We have 15 properties & 15 vehicles to maintain, We directly serve over 400 participants annually and thousands indirectly through our “Everybody Counts” awareness program and dances.
Believe our problem is the best kind to have. Our #1 goal this year is for everyone in the Commonwealth to know who we are and what we offer to our community and the population we serve. Our theory is – once people hear our story the volunteer and financial support follows. We’ve been so busy “doing” and too little staff or time to “toot our own horn.” We’re ready to tell everyone about the quality of our programs.
For more information, please visit their website at: www.thepointarc.org
Featured Sponsors for The Point ARC
The William & Mary Jane Helm Trust
Opportunity for Work and Learning
History of Organization:
At OWL, we are proud to have over 50 years of experience serving the Central Kentucky community by helping individuals overcome significant barriers to employment through our comprehensive programming. We provide everything from Life Skills Coaching to Forklift Certification, and give our clients both necessary technical skills and the soft skills sought by employers in all industries. Many of our clients have moved on and are experiencing successful and fulfilling careers, and we are happy that some are willing to share their personal stories.
Today OWL is spread over four large facilities on Kennedy Road in Lexington, Kentucky with over 81,100 combined sq. ft. of office, manufacturing, and warehouse space. To date, close to 19,000 people throughout Central Kentucky have benefited from OWL’s specialized rehabilitation and employment services. Over 3,000 have obtained and maintained employment.
Over its long and storied history, OWL has attracted some of the greatest potential in Central Kentucky found in the determination and spirit of its consumers. OWL has also engaged some of the best professionals in the field to take on the challenging, but always rewarding, work of vocational rehabilitation and job placement.
OWL expects its next fifty-years, like the first, to facilitate even more working, learning, and – most of all – opportunity.
To create a world without barriers to employment.
OWL partners within communities to educate and equip individuals with barriers to employment to reach their vocational goals.
For more information, please visit their website at: www.owlinc.net
Featured Sponsors for OWL
The William & Mary Jane Helm Trust
Mission, History of Organization:
Founded by the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras in July 2013, North Limestone MusicWorks fosters positive youth development by providing equitable access to intense, high-quality music education for Lexington’s Northside district. All MusicWorks students attend Arlington Elementary School, a Title 1 school where 95% of students participate in the free or reduced lunch program. MusicWorks is an El Sistema – inspired initiative operating daily after school for 35 second, third and fourth graders who receive free instrument use and instruction from conservatory-trained active musicians.
Problem being addressed:
Two significant challenges facing the NoLi neighborhood are student retention and academic development. Arlington Elementary has named student retention as the chief obstacle for MusicWorks to overcome. The faculty seek to cultivate lasting relationships with students and their families, thus making the program and anchor of the community and ultimately creating an incentive to remain in the neighborhood.
The NoLi MusicWorks’ primary goal is to use music education as a tool to teach positive social values and to make each child feel that they are an asset within their community. By nurturing interpersonal development skills in an orchestral setting, MusicWorks seeks to inspire its students to achieve more in their personal and academic pursuits, alongside their musical endeavors. The goal of MusicWorks is not to produce professional musicians but rather to use the skills cultivated in an immersion-style orchestral setting to develop healthy, contributing citizens.
For more information, please visit their website at: www.musicworksckyo.org
Featured Sponsors for Music Works:
The Lorch Family
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The Living Arts and Science Center is an organization that is truly committed to their mission. People and organizations who donate know that every dollar is going towards the cause; from educating young students to adults about the arts and sciences.
Without the center there would be a huge void in the arts and science curriculum; with so many cuts in public, and even private school budgets, teachers do not have funds for after school programs, or extra materials and supplies for the hands on activities students need to excel. Without the LASC there would be a big hole in our community, where a center is needed for the public so they can come interact with the arts and sciences, and learn in a fun and creative non-traditional school format. The Center really brings life to the community, because it is a place that brings everyone together while encouraging learning and creativity in fun & unique ways.
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Bluegrass Tomorrow 25th Anniversary: “Celebrating the Vision”, October 9th at Normandy Farm (Paris Pike, Lexington). Featuring a Silent Auction – Live Music -Great Food and a Who’s Who guest list of organizations and supporters of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s vision where our towns remain separate and distinct, people friendly and full of architectural character;
our best farmlands remain secure and productive;
the beauty of our landscape remains evident from our roadways; our governments make informed, responsible decisions about growth and change and we are sensitive to our unique fragile environment.
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