A note from the Executive Director of The Arc
Please join me in
thanking our dear friend and colleague Gerry Forcier who
recently announced his retirement, for a brilliant career of
service in The Arc movement. As you know Gerry lives in
California when not in Hawii and hopefully he and his MUCH
better half Anita will have a great time on their adventures
together in retirement. Gerry has done so much for so many
over the years and we will truly miss you Gerry.
On another related note…
Join me in welcoming Mike Huckins, the new Executive Director of
The Arc Solano. Mike has been a great advocate for adults,
children, and families throughout his career and he is looking
forward to bringing his talents and compassion to The Arc
movement and we are excited to have him join us. In fact I
recently ran into Mike in a budget hearing his two
self-advocates from The Arc Solano. If you don't know Mike
you will learn soon that he is a great asset to our community
and we're lucky to have him.
Executive Director, The Arc California
the Sonoma - Napa - Solano Regional Self Advocacy Newsletter:
Richard Fowler & Mike Keenan went to Sacramento with The Arc
Solano to join other protesters about fixing the budget. Richard
said the protest was led by Project SEED (they talked at a
regional self advocacy meeting last year). People chanted and
waved signs about getting more money for community services.
Mike said they went to Sacramento to tell legislators “Keep day
programs open. Leave nonprofits alone.” Mike said, “The hearing
room was big. It was amazing to listen to the stories. It was
exciting, it blew my mind.” Mike wanted to testify to the
legislators but the lines were too long so he didn’t. But as he
wisely noted, “Even being seen is testimony.”
Come see our Beadazzlers at the Benicia Farmers
The Arc-Solano Beadazzlers will be exhibiting their wares at the
Benicia Farmers Market this Thursday, May, 16, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
It's located in Benicia along
First Street, between B and D Streets. Lots of great gift
items, or grab something for yourself.
Thanks to all who attended or helped with Arc-Solano's 17th Annual Academy Awards Fundraiser
This year, we raised over $12,000, and we couldn't have done
it without all of you. If you missed the event, or would
like to donate more, please see the donate link to the left.
The Arc-Solano is a private,
non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of
Directors who, with the assistance of staff, plan and develop
needed programs and services for adults with
developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc-Solano
has been serving Solano County since 1953.
This site is to serve as both an introduction to The Arc-Solano
and our programs (Transitional Service,
ACT, and Art@Arc
), a community tool for members, consumers, family members and
other interested parties to stay abreast of announcements and
events at The Arc-Solano, and as a clearinghouse of resources
that will be of interest to our community.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Arc-Solano,
please follow the Program links to the left to read about what
is available, then give us a call. Contact information for the
individual program directors are available on their program's
know if you have any requests, comments, or suggestions.
email the webmaster with your thoughts.