By Helen Penland
After a tour of Arc Broward’s main campus, it is even more clear how important the non-profit is to Broward residents. It sits on almost 10 acres of property located in Sunrise, Florida. Built in the late 1980s, the campus has since been home to most of Arc Broward’s 21 programs, including Arc Broward Preschool, which was the program that started the organization in 1957.
The Children’s Division has programs that serve children from birth through age 21. One of these is an in-home program called Parents as Teachers (PAT), a preschool, specialized after school and summer camp. The equipment needs are tremendous for this and all programs such as therapy bikes, exercise equipment, and other apparatus geared to help children with disabilities.
The campus is in great need of grants to purchase more equipment and build an Outdoor Fitness Zone and Playground. The specialized Zone will be built to specifically to serve requirements for children in the after-school and summer camp program.
According to Jessica Rodriguez, Director of Development, Arc Broward received a grant last year from the Florida Panthers that was used to purchase much-needed equipment that provides for some of their needs. They have applied again this year and hope for positive results.
Ms. Gina DeGesero, one of their valued employees, has two children, Xavier and Oliver, who graduated from the Arc Broward Preschool. She volunteered for quite some time during their attendance and eventually became a full-time employee. She loves her job and helping the children daily. In addition, the campus provides after-school and summer-camp programs geared toward providing needs for children with developmental disabilities and have severe behavioral problems.
The facility also has programs for Transitioning Youth: the School of Hire Education and Youth Links, both focused on helping ensure they are career-ready. This Summer they tallied the number of minutes the students worked. Their grand total was an astonishing 349,440 minutes of paid internships!
Arc Broward also has a transportation division and vehicle fleet of about 40 vehicles that transport clients, including the Adult Day Program Clients.
Remember, Arc Broward serves students from the entire county. If you are in need of their services, the main campus and administrative office is located at 10250 NW 53rd St., Sunrise, FL 33351. To contact them call the main phone line at (954) 746-9400 or visit their webpage, http://www.arcbroward.com/contact-us.