Borrowing loosely a line from the classic movie South Pacific, “you have to be carefully taught.” Too many adults with disabilities like Markevious have not been taught to do the activities that able-bodied and developmentally able people take for granted. ARC of the Glades taught him how to mop and clean, helped him get to the doctor and “they make sure I have food.” When you ask Markevious if his life has improved in the two and a half years he’s been coming to The ARC, you’ll get a resounding “Yes!” “They helped me tell my family I want my own place to live and to have my own money. My family got mad but ARC Staff helped me talk to my family and tell them it’s my right. ARC helped me find a place to live and gave me furniture and items for my house. I have my own home and my own money now.”
ARC of the Glades gave Markevious back his dignity. ARC of The Glades is the only provider of vocational training, transportation services, supportive living arrangements, opportunities for social interaction and community integration services to adults with disabilities in the Belle Glade area. “ARC volunteers,” says Executive Director Debbie Gibson Lee, “have huge hearts, serve their clients with compassion, and celebrate every victory – no matter how small it may seem.” The ARC’s mission and its overarching hope are that adults with disabilities enjoy full and equal participation and inclusion in our community.