Evergreen Foundation supports Arc of Haywood

Mar 26, 2014

The Arc of Haywood County, serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been awarded $52,000 in grant funding from the Evergreen Foundation to meet two very pressing needs. The foundation has provided funding for video monitoring cameras for use in the agency group homes, providing greater safety for this vulnerable population.

“We are pleased to be able to offer another level of security for our residents,” said Denise Coleman, executive director. “Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are less likely or less able to speak up if there are any problems in the home. This will provide greater peace of mind for families and for the agency.”

The agency has also received funding to purchase a van that has a wheelchair lift. Many of the residents living in The Arc group homes are aging, with more than 1/3 over the age of 60. The agency does not currently have a van to meet this need for individuals living in their Developmentally Disabled Adult (DDA) group homes. The new van will enable The Arc residents to remain in their home if they experience decreased mobility as they age.

For additional information on The Arc of Haywood County, a United Way agency, and its services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, visit www.arcofhaywood.org.

The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment, and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. To learn more about the Evergreen Foundation visit www.evergreenfoundaitonnc.org.