Of the 750 individuals with disabilities we serve on an annual basis, approximately 550 of those served are adults with a wide range of disabilities of varying levels of severity including physical and cognitive. Our goal is for each person served to have a meaningful day, every day, and to encourage each participant to live as independently as possible as an active, contributing member of our community. We offer seven services that adults can participate in while striving for a life of independence. Adults with disabilities searching for employment can consider applying to work at The Arc Industries, which is our thriving assembly, packaging, and distribution facility that offers employment and vocational training to more than 250 individuals with disabilities, as well as, assistance in the development of work skills to maintain community employment. If an individual is interested in working elsewhere for another local business, he or she may find Community Job Link a helpful source as it is designed to help individuals with disabilities in locating competitive employment with job coaching and follow-along service. Another program that encourages those we serve to be an active community member is our Connections For Life program, which is designed to enhance their quality of life through increased interaction and participation with social, educational, recreational, and volunteer activities. For those with more profound or multiple disabilities, our Day Services Program For Adults offers activities centered on personal interests and daily living skills. Additionally, we also offer 24-hour Residential Services for individuals.
From 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Matt Blume can be found working on various projects for Bristol-Myers at Arc Industries, a thriving assembly, packaging, and distribution facility that offers employment and vocational training to more than 250 individuals with disabilities. For almost 12 years, ARC of Evansville staff have assisted Matt at Arc Industries in developing work skills and behaviors to help him become the dependable, team-oriented employee he is today. Four years ago, Matt was assigned to work in the Bristol-Myers room. Matt says that his experience has taught him multiple job skills that he’s been able to use on and off the clock like how important it is to be responsible and to prioritize his tasks to meet deadlines.