SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble - Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. - Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club

The 2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble is coming soon. This year's event is set for Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. SKY Radio 97.3 FM and our celebrity namesake, Bob Rose, l suggest you click on the orange button below to access the brochure for the 2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble and to learn how you can purchase sponsorship or foursomes. Golfers and volunteers will once again enjoy lunch from David's BBQ, a cookout dinner from Wahoo's, music from Mr. October DJ, and a silent auction of cool prizes after the scramble concludes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place foursomes. We also will hand out sweet prizes to the winners of the longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin winners. The gorgeous and devilishly tricky No. 8 Hole at Haile will once again serve as our Hole-In-One Hole where you can get your photo taken with host Bob Rose, and where you can try your skill at winning a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle from our good friends at Gainesville Harley-Davidson with a hole-in-one. Remember, this event will be limited to 100 golfers and the field is typically sold out within a month or so, so get your tickets and sponsorships today. We also need non-playing sponsors and volunteers for this year's event. You can contact Dr. Mark A. Johnson at 352-246-3516 or mjohnson@arcalachua.org for more information on the scramble, or to pay for your sponsorship with credit card. Click on the button below to go to the 2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble event page and to see the official brochure for the event

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A Message From Mark A. Swain, Executive Director

Thanks to our clients, staff, families, members of our Board of Directors, and supporters in our local community, we experienced great success this year. We began the modernization of our main building, installing new beautiful tile floors, updating interiors with bright, new color themes, and adding vibrant Arc logos with the accompanying tag line “Achieve with Us.” We also fixed leaking problems within the main building and completed a major engineering project by connecting our plumbing to the City’s infrastructure, thereby eliminating our dependence on an outdated septic system. However, we didn’t stop there as we also created new classrooms, built an ‘Achievement Center,’ modernized our IT systems, completed many renovations to our homes, built a brand new ‘Hills of Santa Fe’ Home, and installed several generator systems to run our homes’ electrical systems in the event of hurricanes, floods, power outages and other emergency and severe weather events. We also were congratulated by Delmarva Foundation representatives for outstanding improvements in the quality of our services and service-delivery. In this upcoming year we will modernize our Wellness Center and offer new instructional experiences for improving our clients’ health and wellness. Clients and families are telling us they want more choice and greater opportunity within our Day and Residential Programs. We’re committed to offering more choice and opportunities throughout the organization. Our clients hold the key to a successful future because they know what they want. By listening to our clients’ dreams, hopes, and aspirations, we will be able to move into the future together. After all, this is what our creed “Achieve with Us” is all about! The next few years will continue to bring new and exciting improvements. We are currently developing a new system to better develop and track meaningful person-centered learning programs for the people we serve. Soon we will be announcing a major capital campaign – ‘Forward Arc’ – that will complete the modernization process by creating ‘The Education and Opportunity Center’ at our main campus. This new center, once completed, will allow us to provide a new way of providing supports to our clients, including the involvement of ‘Opportunity Counselors’ who will help people discover, articulate, and realize personal goals. It will also provide more off-site opportunities that will help our people to integrate and participate in the community. We also will be looking to find ways to better accommodate those with significant challenges and those who need extra help to live lives that are comfortable, safe and happy. People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) face severe challenges. It will be challenging to ensure that improvements in service-delivery can keep pace with on-going financial challenges and overcome obstacles that we know are ahead. Florida’s reimbursement system for services for people with I/DD continues to be one of the very worst in the United States, with many reimbursement rates unable to adequately cover costs. Due to Florida’s low reimbursement rates, wages for many of our Direct Support Professionals hover around minimum wage, while industries that are less stressful, less demanding, and require far less training are paying more for entry level positions. The Florida legislature has provided meager appropriations to keep the system barely afloat, but has not faced the reality that Floridians with I/DD are falling behind. This neglect of responsibility is disrespectful and wrong. Florida is the third largest state in the Union and we should be taking care of our citizens with I/DD. We remain mission-driven. This means we must continue to find better ways of doing things without compromising our duty. The Arc of Alachua County is doing just that. Help make a world of difference by supporting local people with I/DD. This year was a good year. It’s our mission to continue making good years. Thank you for your support. ‘Achieve with Us.’

Thank you,

Mark A. Swain

The Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event A Huge Success

Deborah Linton, CEO of The Arc of Florida, provided an impassioned speech at the 2018 Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event. She urged all guests to advocate forcefully on behalf of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). A Standing Room Only audience attended this annual celebration of The Arc which also announced a number of very special winners of individual awards including:

Direct Service Provider of the Year - Ron Bryant
Employee of the Year - Betty Davis
Client of the Year - Michelle Kennedy
Volunteer of the Year - Anne Miller

The event could not have happened without the generous support of our event, individual award, and table sponsors:

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Annual Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience Friendship Visit Rocks The Arc

The Arc of Alachua County once again hosted over 30 bicyclists at the annual Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience Friendship Visit on Wednesday, May 23rd at its main campus. College-aged students representing Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity from colleges and universities across the U.S., annually traverse the State of Florida from Miami to Tallahassee raising awareness of, and money for, developmental disabilities. One of the biggest stops on their annual tour is the one in Gainesville.

Gear Up Florida Group Shot

Sponsored each and every year by long-time and generous 'Friends of Arc,' John & Sheila Spence, the annual Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit began with a 'bang' as the bicyclists were escorted onto The Arc's campus by GPD motorcycle police escort. Rain and storms had plagued Gainesville (and the bicyclists) for 10 straight days prior to the Gainesville stop, but Wednesday, May 23rd dawned rain-free allowing GPD police and the bikers to ride onto campus to huge cheers. Among the fun activities at the annual event: bikers signed autographs for Arc clients, Gear Up Florida bicyclists joined Arc clients and staff members for a wonderful lunch of pork, chicken, corn-on-the-cob provided by Dos Mamas Catering, a dance on the patio to music from Mr. October DJ, and the traditional group photo at the end of the event in front of the big Arc sign on NW 83rd St (see group photo above). Local media representatives from WGFL Channel 4 News & WCJB TV 20 News were on hand to report on the fantastic event, and ran stories on it that evening.

The Arc thanks Chelsea Ball, Logistics Coordinator, and Hunter Stewart, Project Manager (seen in photo above with Arc Board President Stephen Tanner and Arc Executive Director Mark A. Swain) from Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience for flawless planning and coordination of the visit.

And a very special note of gratitude to our very generous and loving event sponsors, John & Sheila Spence.

Florida Farm Bureau, Info Tech & 97.3 FM The Sky help The Arc of Alachua County produce the greatest 2018 Bob Rose Golf Scramble of all time!

The April 13th event at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club brought $50,000 for recreational and community-based programs for Arc clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Florida Farm Bureau's Team # 1 of Stephen Tanner, Chris Bell, Pat Jenkins and Sean McNeill took first place honors with a score of 52, or -19 under par (see photo below).

Bob Rose Golf Scramble Winners

More than 100 golfers and 35 volunteers combined forces to put on a nearly-perfect Bob Rose Golf Scramble under sunny Florida skies. Golfers enjoyed lunch from David's BBQ, a seafood boil dinner from Wahoo Seafood, music from Mr. October DJ, and a Live Auction of cool prizes after the scramble concluded. Cash prizes were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place foursomes. We also handed out sweet prizes to the winners of the longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin winners. Unfortunately, no one hit a hole-in-one at the gorgeous, but devilishly tricky, No. 8 Hole at Haile, so no one took home a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle from our good friends at Gainesville Harley-Davidson.

We want to thank our generous, loyal and passionate sponsors and vendors who made the 2018 Bob Rose Golf Scramble the most successful fundraiser in Arc of Alachua County history:

Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
97.3 FM The Sky
Willis Towers Watson
Integro Benefits
James Moore
Renasant Bank
Florida Food Service
Pepine Realty
Gainesville Harley-Davidson
Zinnia Wealth Management
Michelle & Paul Grune Mobile Pet Grooming
University of Florida
Mr. October DJ
Willow's Runway
David's BBQ
Wahoo Seafood
Bradford Portrait Studio
ABA Associates
Magnolia Iron Works
Charity Golf International
Jordan Spieth Foundation
Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club
Pepsi Co
RadWear Design, Inc.
Renaissance Printing
Five Star Golf
Burkhardt Sales & Service
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The Arc of Alachua County’s LiveScan Fingerprinting, Screening & Photo Capture Service is Open For Business!

The Arc of Alachua County offers LiveScan digital fingerprinting services, screening, and photo capture services each workweek, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need fingerprinting done fast, local, and at a reasonable cost, please call The Arc at 352-334-4060 ext. 100 to schedule an appointment.

All requirements met for

  • Agency for Healthcare Information (AHCA)
  • The Department of Children & Families (DCF)
  • The Clearing House for AHCA
  • Volunteer & Employee Background Service (VECHS)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
  • Local School System
  • and more...

For more information about The Arc's LiveScan service, click on the LEARN MORE button below.

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Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

We Shred!

Did you know that The Arc shreds? We will shred your confidential documents and personal papers in our Gone4Ever Shredding Program.

The Arc charges $0.32 per pound for its shredding service. The Arc's shredding service is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our main campus located across from Santa Fe College. The Arc's Gone4Ever shredding service is a certified member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

The Arc of Alachua County's shredding service makes it Gone4Ever!

Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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