My Play Club Summer Camp 2014

This June, The Arc of Riverside County held My Play Club Summer Camp at the Springbrook Clubhouse at Reid Park for the second year. This camp caters to children with disabilities and their families. The Arc was able to team up with Riverside’s Up & Movin’ Pediatric Therapy and Hope Inc. from nearby Rancho Cucamonga for the planning and implementation of the camp’s activities. This year the camp was sponsored by Molina Healthcare, A Foundation for Kids, and received grants from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Autism Speaks. Registration for camp was held in April through an online application that was posted on several Facebook pages and groups. The camp hit its max capacity of 70 campers in under one hour.

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Each morning of the five-day camp the children participated in an activity together. These activities included basketball with the Inland Empire Special Olympics basketball team, a carnival day provided by A Foundation for Kids, which included some visitors from the Riverside Police Department, and an equestrian day provided by T.H.E Center INC.

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During the afternoon hours the campers rotated in groups through six different stations that involved arts and crafts, speech, fine motor skills, and more.

Parents of the campers were offered a parent respite room where they watched presentations from leading local advocates for disability rights. Parents were also offered free services during that time from hair stylists; massage therapists, and professional makeup artists.

“My Play Club Summer Camp was an amazing opportunity for my six year old ASD son to just have a “normal” childhood experience/memory with other kids like him. It was incredible and he looked forward to going each and every day!” -Lori Font

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Riverside Resource Center shifts focus to Art

Each month Riverside Resource Center chooses a culture to study. During the month of May they studied the food, clothing, and rituals of the Mexican culture.

Beginning in June, Riverside Resource Center will be transitioning into their Art Program. We are working closely with the Riverside Art Council to bring in local artists who would like to share their craft with RRC. Some of the different art mediums they will be studying include ceramics, photography, weaving, art appreciation, and dance.

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We are “Growing Together” in Beaumont

Need some tomato plants for your backyard garden? We can help. Our greenhouse and garden project at the Ray Strebe Center (home of Pass Resource Center and the Beaumont work center) has blossomed this year and is now a small nursery offering over 32 varieties of tomatoes including black, green, yellow and orange tomato plants. If you need some starter tomato plants, herbs, other vegetables, flowers, houseplants or landscape plants, come to our location and purchase from us for a small donation. A small six pack of starter tomato plants is $4.00 and we charge $2.00 for single vegetable and other starter plants. Please visit us at 702 E, 11th Street in Beaumont the next three Saturdays – May 17, 24, and 31 from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Call Lynn Wood our Garden and Greenhouse Director at 951-892-8337 to reserve your order if you cannot come to this location. If you live in Riverside, we can deliver your order to our location at Mar Vista Court in Riverside, but our supply is limited. We call this enterprise, “Growing Together” with a tagline of “Specialty Tomatoes and More.” Our main feature is Tomatoes: Plants in the Spring; Tomatoes in the summer; canning in the Fall; and seeds in the Winter. People with developmental disabilities are a great help to Lynn Wood, our master gardener, who has done a masterful job of planting and overall coordinating this project.

Forty Mothers Join us for a Very Special Tribute to our Moms in Beaumont on Mother’s Day

On Friday, May 9, the Ray Strebe Center in Beaumont held a Mother’s Day luncheon. Forty (40) mothers attended and their sons and daughter waited on them and gave them the royal treatment. A poem titled, “Mother” was read and each person with a mom in attendance gave her a long stemmed rose and a carefully scrolled copy of the poem. Pat Duncan and her staff did an amazing job in helping our folks put on an affair that these moms will never forget. The attendance was way beyond what we expected and everyone had a joyous time and a few tears of happiness were shed. Here are pictures that capture the spirit of the event.

6th Annual “Value of One” Golf Classic

DSC01068On Monday, April 21st The Arc of Riverside County held their 6th Annual “Value of One” Charity Golf Classic at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. One hundred-fifty golfers from the community joined in raising funds for The Arc of Riverside County’s “Value of One” initiative. The Value of One is a campaign on dignity, respect and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The proceeds from this tournament will be used to help the individuals we serve find work in the community and become more involved in meaningful activities. Main sponsors included Hogan Insurance Company, Commonwealth Financial, and A Foundation for Kids, the Riverside Police Department, Riverside Uptown Kiwanis and Bud’s Tire and Wheel.

We are grateful to all the folks who participated and made this a successful and fun event again this year,” said The Arc of Riverside County President, Ron Domme. “To have a full field for the sixth consecutive year is a tribute to our tournament chairperson and to the many volunteers – staff, board members and others – who work behind the scenes.”

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Executive Director Jim Stream presents commemorative tile to golf tournament coordinator Mike Stearsman (right) that will be placed on our donor wall.

Tournament chair, Mike Stearsman has been instrumental in the success of the tournament for the six years of its existence. To honor his dedication and his continuing contribution to our agency, Mr. Stearsman was presented with a tile plaque that will be displayed on our donor wall next to The Arc of Riverside County’s National Wall of Respect mosaic mural located in our parking area at 8138 Mar Vista Court.

CEO Mark Chow and COO Danielle McQueen, of A Foundation for Kids, relax after helping with the silent and live auctions, and other logistics at The Arc golf fundraiser.
CEO Mark Chow and COO Danielle McQueen, of A Foundation for Kids, relax after helping with the silent and live auctions, and other logistics at The Arc golf fundraiser

A Foundation for Kids, a local non-profit that raises funds and in-kind support for children’s agencies & youth organizations that serve abused and at-risk children was very involved in the planning and implementation of this year’s tournament. The foundation provided swag bags for every golfer, and each one contained a George Foreman grill and a beach towel among other valuable items. “The value of the goody bag almost equaled the entrance fee for the golf tournament,” commented Tony Anderson, Executive Director of The Arc of California, based in Sacramento. Twenty-one of the participants in the tournament were individuals from other agencies from around the state who work in the field of developmental disabilities or volunteer to those agencies. Bob Hogan Insurance, a new and welcome sponsor of our event, sponsored these folks. “We hope to be here next year. It was a fun event,” said Fred Robinson, an account executive for Hogan Insurance.

Of course this tournament would not have been possible without the help of dedicated staff, board members, and volunteers. Overall, 19 employees and board members participated in some way.

You will notice many logos on our website and our banner and they all represent contributors to this fundraiser. Every fundraising dollar is important and with so much in-kind support and volunteer labor, most of the proceeds from this event will go toward carrying our mission to support individuals with disabilities and their families.