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Music Therapy Helps Develop Social Skills

A young man plays a glockenspiel Once or twice a week, a group of Easterseals Arc participants in the Transitions program rides a bus to the Dolnick Learning Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne. There, instructors and students in the music therapy program guide them through an hour of rhythm, dance and maybe some problem-solving, too.
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Little Things Make a Big Difference for Respite Participants

A young boy uses dice with letters to spell words New items provided through a grant from Plymouth Congregational Church now enable people to rest better and have more fun at Easterseals Arc’s respite house.
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Career Connections Uses Virtual Visits for Exploration

A woman uses a phone to take video of a woman holding up a book Easterseals Arc has reshaped many programs to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19. One innovation is the development of Career Connections, a weekly event that takes Easterseals Arc participants on virtual visits into area businesses via Zoom sessions.
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Teen Builds Friendship Skills by Bridging Generation Gap

A teen boy poses with a senior woman When a New Haven teen working to communicate better met a woman in a nursing home four years ago, it was the beginning of a friendship with staying power.
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Billy and Umi Job Are a Perfect Match

A man with a mustache in a red T-shirt and white baseball cap Umi seafood and sushi restaurant has it all for Billy: a good schedule, a lunch break, and a great crew of supportive co-workers and managers.
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Retirees Stay Busy After Leaving Work Behind

A woman sits at a small table holding a bouquet and balloons Easterseals Arc consumers are much like other workers when it comes to deciding to retire. Sometimes health or mobility concerns move them to take it easier. Other times, they like the idea of more leisure time. Part of retirement planning is considering how to live their “best life.”
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David Finds His Fit at Jack's

A man wearing an apron, face mask and hat washes a large tray After six months on the job at Jack’s Donuts, David loves his job. “I love the atmosphere here,” he said.
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RISE Art Purchased for Credit Union Decor

Brightly colored painting of dog's face 3Rivers Federal Credit Union has purchased two pieces of art by Easterseals RISE participants for its new Angola branch.
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Marci Makes Move Toward Independance

Close up of young woman wearing plastic face shield For Marci, 28, living more independently, apart from her parents for the first time, is a new experience, one that she began in May. She’s proud and excited to have her own key to her own home.
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Dream Teens Adapts for Summer 2020

Summer 2020 Dream Teens When Dream Teens began in early June, the initial plan was for a program of virtual lessons designed to help protect the participants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That plan has since evolved to include volunteer experience and in-person classes.
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Sending Love Across the Globe

Two young adults pin a pattern to fabric Easterseals Arc’s Transitions program and Projects Drive Group teamed up recently to help animals hurt or orphaned in the recent wildfires in Australia.
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Fulfilling a Dream

A young woman and an older woman pose with a shopping cart full of clothes Destany had a manageable goal: Go on a shopping spree. Amanda Cross made it happen.
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Pyromation Says Thank You with Holiday Cheer

A man gives a thumbs up while posing with Santa Pyromation has sponsored a Christmas party at Projects Drive Group every year since 1998 and always sends a group of volunteers to help run the party.
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Preparing a Feast for Family

Close-up of turkey being placed on plate Participants in the Transitions program planned, prepared and served a Thanksgiving dinner for themselves, their families and friends.
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Perking Up Y Members

A man and woman stand together behind coffee cart A trio of Easterseals Arc consumers operate a coffee cart at Parkview Family YMCA as part of the Employment Readiness Academy.
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Starring at AMC

Young woman in movie theater lobby wearing theater staff shirt Three employees from Easterseals Arc help the shows go on at Jefferson Pointe. Sylvia, Victor and Tyler all work at the AMC Classic Jefferson Pointe 18,
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Filling a Need at Mutton

A man shrink wraps a stack of folded chairs Mutton Party and Tent Rental has hired three consumers from Easterseals Arc. Finding good workers is especially helpful for the company in the summer.
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Vera Finds Friendship, Faith in Structured Family Caregiving

Two women standing next to each other Celestine Ditaway and Vera are a good fit for each other in Structured Family Caregiving.
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Pre-ETS at Wayne HS

Young man filles sugar packet holder in restaurant Students at Wayne High School get work experience through Easterseals Arc's Pre-Employment Transition Services.
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