The Arc of Jefferson County provides community-based educational and adaptive daily living skills training, as well as instruction in academics, socialization, communication, personal care, and hygiene for adults with intellectual disabilities.
These services are provided in six locations:
- Alice Pigman Center (Homewood)
- Arc-North (Tarrant)
- Tom Leonard Center (Hoover)
- Blount County Day Program (Oneonta)
- Cleveland Training Center.
We served a total of 274 adults in the day programs in Jefferson and Blount counties last year.
The Arc’s Day Program for Adults also benefits families affected by intellectual disability. Many parents and siblings who care for their loved one with an intellectual disability tell us it’s a chance for them to return to work or handle other responsibilities, while their family member attends an Arc day program. Ages of participants in the day program vary, from adults in their 20s to adults in their 60s.
“When Erin’s enthused about something, her hands fly up in the air. And Erin is often enthused. She lives in one of our homes and participates in one of The Arc’s Day Programs, where she practices her sorting and counting skills as part of her pre-vocational training. Good-natured and friendly, she loves to go to the mall and movies with staff and friends. She enjoys going to church with her house staff manager, where she is welcomed with open arms by the other church members. She recently cut her long, dark hair to donate to Locks of Love and is proud it will be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatments.”