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Non-profit Group Arc of Katy Kicks Off Fall Programs, Needs Volunteers


September 4, 2019

By Natalie Cook Clark

The Arc of Katy's fall programs start this week. The local non-profit organization offers programs for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have outgrown the public school system.

Fall Programs Begin

The Arc of Katy is kicking off its 2019-20 year with the popular Adult Day Program and a robust September schedule of activities. All programs and activities are geared toward empowering and enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.

Arc Provides Opportunities

“We provide opportunities for people with IDD to be included as respected and active members of our community throughout their lifetime,” said Fred Shafer, President of The Arc of Katy board of directors. “Our Adult Day Program participants enjoy a variety of activities through which they continue to learn, socialize and develop new skills.”

Day Program Out About Town

The Day Program participants tour museums, farms and arboretums. The group also visits local retail outlets, recreational facilities and restaurants. Plus, they attend events like the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

They also participate in fitness activities at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch and some participate in the Arc of Katy Be Strong aquatic exercise program at Mary Jo Peckham Park.

Katy Magazine recently reported on the Arc of Katy's new bus to help transport program participants.

During September, Arc participants will tour the Constable Precinct 5 facility and the Houston National Public Radio station. They will also perform a community service project (making teddy bears at Carriage Inn Katy Senior Living) and visit with Mayor Bill Hastings at Katy City Hall.

Events For Community to Learn About The Arc

The community is invited to learn more about the Arc of Katy at their annual general membership meeting Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Parkway Fellowship, 5819 10th Street in Katy. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what this non-profit organization does to support those it serves and their families.

Upcoming Events:

  • Annual Membership Drive- register online.

  • Volunteer Orientation, Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at Kingsland Baptist Church at 20555 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy.

A Grateful Organization

“The Arc of Katy, our participants and their families are grateful for the support provided by the Katy community,” Shafer said. “Whether it’s a monetary donation, a donation in-kind or a donation of time, every bit of support helps. As the Katy area grows, we aim to expand the programs and services we offer and to increase enrollment opportunities to meet the greater need for programs like ours.”

The Arc of Katy has been serving the community since 1989 and continues to grow and support those who need it and their families. Learn more at their website.

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