I am very excited to be joining the board of directors for the Arc of East Central Iowa. The Arc is an organization that helps build better lives for individuals with disabilities and their families. The Arc provides critical services such as respite care, supported community living, consumer directed attendant care and intermittent medical monitoring and treatment.
I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this organization. I have a passion for helping people with disabilities and with Linn County’s challenges with Mental Health and Developmental Disability funding, this passion has deepened. With the national and local debate about the size and scope of government, there is almost unanimous agreement to those I speak to out door knocking about this issue that taking care of our most vulnerable citizens is one of the most important functions of government.
I can remember as a young child my mother working as an Occupational Therapist at the United Cerebral Palsy center in Cedar Rapids. The United Cerebral Palsy center provided social, vocational and recreational programming for adults with disabilities. They also had a state of the art driving simulator to help teach those that could drive a vehicle. The UPC later merged with the YWCA after years of budget cuts to social services and non-profits in the early 1980’s.
I would like to thank David Wenzel for nominating me and I look forward to working hard for this board and very worthy organization..