Posted on October - 22 - 2013 Comments Off

“THEY LIKE TO FEEL LIKE PART OF THE COMMUNITY.”

Members of the Greater Richmond ARC find a community of opportunity at the Y.

For more than 50 years, the Greater Richmond ARC has helped local individuals with developmental disabilities. Recently, they wanted to find a place for their participants to work out. They turned to the Y. “Our initial meeting involved them just working out, but then we thought of volunteer activities for them,” said Emily Lehmann, director of day support services.
On Tuesday, ARC participants volunteer their time cleaning equipment, pulling up weeds and other activities to help make the Y cleaner. Then, on Wednesday, they play basketball. “We just have a concrete floor with an old hoop,” said Emily. “When they came here and saw how big the court was, they started teaching each other how to play. It’s just one reason they look forward to coming here.”
Another reason is the sense of belonging they feel at the Y. “A majority of them have problems engaging in community activities, but it’s a different feeling at the Y. Members talk to them and that sense of interaction really makes them want to come back.”
The Y values inclusiveness and is committed to remaining open to all. Every day, we work to ensure no one is denied access to our programs and services that strengthen the foundations of our community.

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