Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Housing, New Life for Sarah

This week, 19 new apartment units for people with developmental disabilities opened, and we're working to secure the next 14 units.

Dreams of independence (in housing that is actually affordable--and green!) are coming true at last. Check out Sarah as she gives us (and Senator Pelosi, Mayor Lee and a host of other VIPs) a tour of her new digs.

Photo: Mike Kepka/The Chronicle


Meredith Manning
Marketing and Community Relations Manager

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hands Across SF and CA

The Arc advocates and self-advocates joined hands this past Sunday to raise awareness of budget cuts and tuition increases (from $26 to $66 per unit) to Community Colleges across the state. Services and classes for students with disabilities have been cut by 41%! Many of our clients take computer and other classes at City College, as well as City College instructor Bob Fitch teaches classes at The Arc. Our advocates literally joined Hands Across California with other groups and celebrities, including MC Hammer, Arsenio Hall, and Ryan Seacrest! “We joined with over 200 other volunteers from the City College of San Francisco downtown campus and Paul Johnson, Department Chairperson for the Disabled Students Programs and Services”, according to Joseph F., chair of The Arc Client Advocacy Committee. Other self advocates included Clinton, Gina, Andrew, Chloe, and parents Ron Bixler, Sally Spencer, Pat Napoliello, and myself, lined up and down Market Street holding The Arc Banner and smaller signs “Why Hold Hands? To Save Our Community Colleges!”

Tim Hornbecker

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hands Across SF & CA This Sunday

Dear Advocates and Self Advocates, INFORMATION FLYER ATTACHED! Services for Disabled Students Programs and Services at our California City Colleges have been cut back 41% in the last couple of years. Now the legislature is considering further cuts to the community college and the possibility for increasing tuition fees to $66 per unit from the current $26, according to Paul Johnson, Dept. Chair, DSPS, City College of San Francisco. You are being invited to literally join Hands Across California and San Francisco this Sunday, April 17, 1:30-2:30 PM with Community College supporters across California. They hope to form a human chain across the state! I will be at Van Ness and Market in front of the Bank of America with some of the signs made by our clients at 1:30 PM. I hope that some of you can join me, and please try to get friends, family members and self-advocates to join hands and hold our signs until 2:30 PM. We want to keep having our clients attend classes at City College and continue having their college instructors at The Arc! If you have any trouble opening the attached flyer, there will be flyers at our front desk on Howard Street. Hope you can participate! Thanks, Tim Timothy Hornbecker, CEO

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SF Chronicle Op-Ed: "Better Off in Prison?"


Our Development Director wrote a very compelling piece that was published in The San Francisco Chronicle. Take a look.


Timothy Hornbecker, CEO

Monday, April 4, 2011

Self Advocates in Sacramento

Self Advocates in action! Board member Liz with Tatyana, and Anna advocating in Sacramento against the 10% cut to ICF (Intermediate Care Facilities) homes in the community, as well as the 10% cut to fees paid to medical staff along with service cuts and increased co-pays for Medical. They joined over 150 other people with developmental disabilities from around the state, including GGRC and our neighbor Lifehouse from Marin.

Timothy Hornbecker
Chief Executive Officer, The Arc of San Francisco