The Arc of Monroe is celebrating the opening of its new day camp facility located on West Henrietta Road.
The new 24,000 square foot campus is the result of the Arc of Monroe's first-ever capital campaign called "In the Name of Love."
Arc celebrated the grand opening of the new Southwest Day Habilitation Center Tuesday morning. It's took 3 1/2 years to get the private funds needed to build the center and $4.4 million.
It's designed with the medical and behavioral needs of its individuals with various developmental disabilities. The Arc helps with services focused on increasing independence and self-sufficiency by way of social development, community living and other enrichment opportunities through recreation, art and music.
The Arc's mission is to help individuals with disabilities take an active role in decisions concerning their lives and goals.
"For some people that may be, are they going to wear a red shirt or blue shirt, but for others it's to be able to be in the community, helping to make a purchase, helping to be able to make sure they receive the right change, and volunteering," said Arc of Monroe Executive Director Barbara Wale. "We volunteer at Meals on Wheels, Lolllypop Farm. So, our individuals give back and that is a very important piece of what we do here every single day."
The new campus will serve about 65 people. The Arc of Monroe has been helping people in our community for more than 50 years.