community center is a fun, busy hub of activity with opportunities for adults to learn and grow. People with and without developmental disabilities are encouraged to build friendships in daily or weekly sessions through games, enrichment classes, and group outings around Spokane.

Parents and/ or guardians, please click the orange buttons below to download the PDF version of our activities and outings.

DOWNTOWN LOCATION

320 E. 2nd Ave.

Spokane, Washington 99202

(509) 328-6326

TIMES

Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Community Center Activities

Community Center Outings

COST

1 - 13 sessions: $10 each

14 - 20 sessions: $150 per month

21 - 30 sessions: $220 per month

31 or more sessions: $300 per month

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Community Inclusion provides support for people with developmental disabilities to participate in integrated activities, events and volunteer opportunities in ways that are similar to other people their same age. Community Inclusion services provide individuals with one-one-one support to develop significant relationships in the community through participation, contribution & inclusion with the goal of active and independent engagement in their community.

Participants have helped their community with the following organizations:

Meals on Wheels, Northwest Harvest Food Bank, The VA Medical Center, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Neighborhood Councils, Southside Christian Church Bible Study & Food Bank, Downtown Spokane Partnership, Terrain, Spokane Valley Senior Center, Southside Center, Fourth Memorial Church, SCRAPS, The Humane Society, etc.

To participate in The Arc's Community Inclusion program, candidates must have a referral from their Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) case manager. Contact DDA for more information at (509) 328-2900 or TTY (509) 568-3038.

To learn more about The Arc of Spokane's Community Inclusion program, contact Lauren Schubring at (509) 328-6326 or lschubring@arc-spokane.org.


Transition & Young Adult Program(s)

Most young adults wonder what comes next after they complete their education. The Explorers Program is an opportunity for young adults ages 14-21 with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD) to learn from a mentor, (Navigator), from one of our local colleges. The Explorers and Navigators work together to expand life skills, work on employment skills, or follow the Explorer’s passions for activities in our community.

To learn more about our programs offered, contact Stephanie Boyle, Explorer’s Program Manager, at 509-328-6326 or sboyle@arc-spokane.org.


For parents, supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) can be challenging. Talking to someone who has traveled a similar road can be tremendously helpful. In Washington, about 70% of people with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) live at home with a parent or family caregiver. Supporting an individual with I/DD comes with many responsibilities and some challenges along the way. The Arc of Spokane's family support programs can help parent and family caregivers develop resiliency, connect to services, and plan for the future.

Parent to Parent is a family support program offering:

-- Helping Parents

-- Support Groups

-- Sibling Workshops

In the Parent to Parent program, you will learn information about import topics such as : Guardianship, Wills, Transitioning from school to adult life, IEPs and 504 plans, and Behavioral management.

To participate in a support group or workshop offered by Parent to Parent, contact Shelley Gacusana at (509) 328-6326 or sgacusana@arc-Spokane.org.


The Spokane County Parent Coalition is a family support & advocacy program offering:

The Spokane County Parent Coalition (SCPC) empowers families and individuals with the knowledge, resources and support they need to care for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) throughout all stages of life.

EDUCATION: Our workshops cover topics such as special education, community services, employment, housing, recreation and more.

RESOURCES: We help families access resources and services in Spokane County and keep them informed on changes in the community of individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability.

EMPOWERMENT: Families provide a powerful voice for people with an intellectual or developmental disability. Our Arc staff provide one-on-one guidance, coaching to concerns and assist where needed.

To participate in a support group or workshop offered by The Spokane County Parent Coalition contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326 or dladwig@arc-spokane.org.


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A PERSON WHO PUBLICLY SUPPORTS OR RECOMMENDS A CAUSE

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TO PLEAD, SUPPORT, CHAMPION, BACK UP, CAMPAIGN, UPHOLD & PROMOTE

A Strong Voice for Our constituents

For an individual with a developmental disability, living independently can be uniquely challenging. Without help, even a minor matter can quickly become a massive crisis, resulting in lack of housing, exploitation and even abuse!

The Arc of Spokane’s Individual Advocacy program helps vulnerable adults overcome the unique challenge they face in our community. Our advocates provide one-on-one assistance when problems arise, which empowers individuals with an I/DD to further receive greater independence.

We can help with:

>> Finding appropriate services in the local community

>> Act as a witness when dealinging with public officials and practitioners

>> Provide counseling and emotional support

>> Document guidance with regard to applications, forms, legal paper work and more

Please complete the form below if you need help with a situation or are in a crisis


Protect Your Future

For over 40 years, the Arc of Spokane has provided protective payee services to individuals who receive Social Security benefits. Our financial counselors are experienced professionals who work confidently with clients to help them meet their personal and financial goals. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those receiving Social Security benefits achieve greater financial stability and independence with support from the Arc of Spokane's Representative Payee Services. Our trained financial counselors provide personal assistance to help clients manage their monthly income, pay bills, stay on budget and avoid predatory lending and financial exploitation.

To learn more about The Arc of Spokane's Representative Payee Services, please contact Program Manager, Tracie Thompson @ (509) 328-6326 or tthompson@arc-spokane.org.

Protective Payee Services

We help clients manage Social Security benefits, pay monthly expenses, and fulfill housing, medical and personal needs.

Financial Health

Clients are empowered to set financial goals, create a budget, resolve debt and prevent a financial crisis.

Confidential & Safe

We provide one-on-one financial counseling in a private setting which protects client confidentiality.


The Arc of Spokane’s Sexual Abuse Prevention program works to end sexual abuse of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by educating disability professionals about how to recognize abuse and correctly respond to it.

DISABILITY PROFESSIONALS TRAINING

For more information contact Shayla Hogan at (509) 328-6326 or at shogan@arc-spokane.org.

Our Disability Professionals Trainer provides the following activities and services:

Abuse Prevention Training

This a 5-hour state-certified training aims to prevent sexual assault among people with I/DD by helping for professionals in the field of disability services identify common indicators of sexual abuse and how to respond appropriately.

The Resource Guide

This easy-to-use guide catalogs hundreds of programs and services for people with I/DD here in the Spokane area.


Stories of Success through The Arc of Spokane’s Supported Employment programs.

Credit: Inland Film Co.

With more than 25 years experience providing employment services for people with developmental disabilities through Washington's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), we can help those who qualify with important job preparation and skill building in a group or individual setting.

Candidates must be approved for funding from Washington's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Contact your DDA or DVR case manager for more information about the approval process.

Get help with:

Skill and interest assessment

Resume development

Interview preparation

Job placement

Job coaching

Training and support for employers

Career development planning

Individual Employment

Our Individual Employment program matches people with developmental disabilities to jobs in the community that fit their needs and abilities. The program offers job coaching when needed to ensure success of both employee and employer.

Hundreds of people with developmental disabilities go to work every day in offices, stores and restaurants throughout Spokane. They're capable, hardworking, and take pride in what they can achieve.

If you have been approved for funding through either DDA or DVR and would like to participate in our Individual Employment program, contact Vanessa Prendiville at (509) 328-6326 or vprendiville@arc-


For decades The Arc has worked to promote community living as an alternative to institutionalization for adults with developmental disabilities.

The Supported Living program is The Arc's community living program, and serves about 50 adult men and women with developmental disabilities who live as housemates in homes they own, lease or rent together.

With the freedom to work, socialize and recreate as they wish, Supported Living clients can enjoy the best that life has to offer; a comfortable home, full access to the community and caring staff who are fully qualified to meet their health and personal care needs.

Individuals who qualify for the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Core waiver, are eligible to participate in The Arc of Spokane's Supported Living program. Candidates must have a Core III waiver from the Washington Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and a referral from their DDA case manager.

Contact DDA for more information at (509) 329-2900 or TTY (509) 568-3038.