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How to Make a Local Impact This Holiday Season

How to Make a Local Impact This Holiday Season

Giving has always been a big part of the holiday season. We spend time thinking about what to give family members, close friends and coworkers. But the holidays are also a great time to consider helping the nonprofit organizations in your backyard—many of which share...

A Day in the Life of a Direct Support Professional

A Day in the Life of a Direct Support Professional

Imagine being able to live your best life by helping someone else to live their best life. That’s exactly what direct support professionals do every single day. They help people with disabilities live life to its fullest. It’s a career that is rooted in purpose yet...

A Guide to Donating Clothes Responsibly

A Guide to Donating Clothes Responsibly

When every hanger is occupied and closets are overflowing, the idea of simply donating the surplus to charity is an appealing solution. Giving to others makes us feel good, and donating clothes is often a quick, no-questions-asked way of ridding ourselves of garments...

10 Qualities of a Great Volunteer

10 Qualities of a Great Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to many organizations and their ability to fulfill their mission. They bring extra sets of hands to understaffed nonprofits that can make the seemingly impossible become an amazing reality. In turn, volunteers gain invaluable experience,...

4 Rewarding Disability Services Jobs

4 Rewarding Disability Services Jobs

Most of us want to know that the jobs w#e hold are making a difference in the world. That is the exact purpose of disability services jobs—providing vital services that help people who need them gain or maintain their independence. People who work in disability...

10 Considerations When Looking for an In-home Care Provider

10 Considerations When Looking for an In-home Care Provider

Finding the person who you can trust to come into your home and care for someone you love can feel like an overwhelming task. Just the thought of it comes with a mixed bundle of hopes, expectations and emotions. You know that you need help—and that your family member...

9 Things To Look for in a Disabilities Day Program

9 Things To Look for in a Disabilities Day Program

You want to provide your adult child or family member with the best life possible. For most of us, that means a life full of activities that we enjoy, assorted friends, social interaction, a sense of purpose and positive learning experiences that together build...

15 Employment Ideas for Adults With Developmental Disabilities

15 Employment Ideas for Adults With Developmental Disabilities

“Everyone needs something to do, someone to love and something to hope for.” — Alexander Chalmers The quote has been attributed to any number of individuals, but it’s true for all of us. The first factor—something to do—is key to a person’s self-esteem and...

Teaching Life Skills in Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Teaching Life Skills in Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Children with developmental disabilities eventually mature into adults. While having others do things for them was necessary while they were small, adults with developmental disabilities need a greater level of self-sufficiency to be happy. They need to be able to...

4 Reasons to Choose a Nonprofit for Your Next Nursing Adventure

4 Reasons to Choose a Nonprofit for Your Next Nursing Adventure

Licensed practical nurses find rewarding work in any number of industries—from large hospital or clinical settings to corporate offices that maintain healthcare staffing. While many of these organizations are for-profit entities focused primarily on making money, many...

What is a Direct Support Professional?

What is a Direct Support Professional?

What is a Direct Support Professional? Put quite simply, the best direct support professionals give the gifts of self-sufficiency and independence to people who really need help gaining them. Often referred to as DSPs, direct...

Meet Program Manager: Chelsea Guidry

Meet Program Manager: Chelsea Guidry

Meet Chelsea Guidry, Arc of Acadiana’s Waiver Program Manager for Vermilion Parish. Chelsea manages the Day Program operations while simultaneously growing and supervising Arc’s Supported Living/In-Home service programs in Vermilion Parish.  ...

Arc of Acadiana’s Day Programs are Open!

Arc of Acadiana’s Day Programs are Open!

Arc of Acadiana's Day Programs meet the social, recreational, and employment readiness needs within our I/DD community.  We have missed being closed due to COVID-19 and the pandemic. We are looking forward to continuing our mission and enhancing the lives of...

Arc of Acadiana Employee Spotlight: ‘Coach’

Arc of Acadiana Employee Spotlight: ‘Coach’

We want to shine a light on one of our employees: Robert Pinckney. You may also know him as just 'Coach'! Employed since early 2007, read on to learn more about Robert Pinckney, what makes him special and why he enjoys being a part of Arc of Acadiana team as a Direct...

Customer Spotlight: Opelousas Store

Customer Spotlight: Opelousas Store

We love our customers! Our teams, stores, workers and customers develop a strong bond ever the years as customers continue to shop at Arc of Acadiana Resale stores. Read on to find out what our customer Judy Lewis has to say about her experience...

What is Supported Living Program?

What is Supported Living Program?

Have questions about the Arc of Acadiana's Individual and Family Supports and our Supported Living Program? Read on to find out what Supportive living is and how it can help you or a loved one. 1. A place to grow Through our Supported Living program, individuals are...

Customer Spotlight: Eunice Resale Store

Customer Spotlight: Eunice Resale Store

At Arc of Acadiana, our customers are invaluable. We appreciate the customers who come in weekly to shop our sales and support their community. Read on to find out what our customer Francine Butts has to say about her experience with shopping at Arc of Acadiana...

Employee Spotlight: Phyllis Vincent

Employee Spotlight: Phyllis Vincent

In this blog, Arc of Acadiana wants to take the opportunity to spotlight one of Arc of Acadiana's employees: Phyllis Vincent. Read on to learn more about her and why she loves to work with the Arc of Acadiana team.  Phyllis' Background 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE...

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