With each passing year, I am more and more grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for The Arc of Chester County. When I assumed this role over nine years ago, I never expected that I would be faced with managing this wonderful organization during a worldwide health crisis. However, what I did know is that no matter what challenges or adversity we faced, we would turn those challenges into opportunities to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families just like our early founders did when they formed The Arc of Chester County almost 70 years ago.
Fiscal Year 2020-2021 was a year of many unexpected twists, turns and challenges. It was also a year filled with countless acts of unconditional kindness, incredible generosity, and continued and valued community support. As I read through the list of loyal donors, I am inspired by the goodness that surrounds The Arc of Chester County and all those we are privileged to support. Without this loyal and ongoing support, we would not be able to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. It is our community partners and loyal donors that are the heartbeat of The Arc of Chester County.
Sounding the alarm for decades on the grossly inadequate public funding for our work force and the essential and life sustaining services we provide was exposed at the highest levels of government this past year. However, it was our loyal and dedicated board, staff, community partners, and donors who answered the call and ensured individuals with disabilities and their families were not forgotten or left behind –and for this we could not be more grateful.
I continue to feel honored to work with our dedicated board, loyal community partners and our outstanding staff as we work together to fulfill the mission of this amazing organization! As we enter a new fiscal year, I look forward to your continued support and partnership.
Be safe, be well.
With sincere gratitude,
Chief Executive Officer
The Arc of Chester County’s mission is to advocate, educate, and provide services to empower
individuals with disabilities and their families to enhance the quality of their lives.
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“I am so thankful for the help I’ve received from my Direct Support Professional, Shawn. She visits me, we go shopping, and she helps me cook.” - Joycee
“It has been a very trying year, but The Arc has tried hard to keep my therapies going. Always a big supporter of staff and teachers. We love them. Thank you to everyone for what they are all doing! My son has come so far." Beth
“My son has benefitted greatly from your services. His schoolwork, confidence and social skills have improved. I don’t think it would have happened without your help.” Sarah
"Until the end of time, we will be grateful for our job coach’s extraordinary care. He was very supportive of our Emily. He helped her achieve in a way we didn't know was possible." - Beth M.
“Services through AWC allows Michael and I the opportunity to walk in the park, shop in the local stores, meet friends, and run errands. I love working with Michael because he is always willing to learn new skills, meet new friends, dance, laugh at me of course, and do fun things together.” – Otweenlaa
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Direct Services: 94%
Of Survey Respondents would recommend us to a close friend and are satisfied with the programs and services that we provide.
Total volunteer hours donated by 600 volunteers last year.
Financial Review for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021
Each year, The Arc of Chester County honors its loyal donors, including staff, volunteers, board members, local businesses, community partners, families, and friends who have made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The 2021 Award Recipients were recognized for their loyal and dedicated service to The Arc and its mission. Congratulations to all the honorees and special thanks to our loyal donors and staff.
The Arc of Chester County honored long-time Arc supporter and current Board Member, Jessica Straghan, with the distinguished 2021 President’s Award. This special award honors an individual or local corporation that has significantly enhanced The Arc mission, through dedicated support and loyal partnership. Jessica began her tenure with The Arc as part of the Development Committee and went on to serve on the board in many other roles, including her induction as President of the Board from 2014-2015. Jessica’s passion to advocate for individuals with disabilities is what connected her to The Arc of Chester County. We honor and thank Jessica for her unwavering support and service over the last 17 years. She is an outstanding example of servant leadership on behalf of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Jessica is currently serving in her second term as Treasurer of The Arc of Chester County Board of Directors. The Arc of Chester County extends its sincerest gratitude and congratulations to Jessica Straghan, this year’s President’s Award recipient.
The Arc of Chester County’s Ruth Wood Philanthropic Leadership Award recognizes outstanding dedication, commitment, and a proven track record of philanthropic leadership. This annual award was named after founder Ruth Wood and was created to recognize her 60-year legacy of advocating and fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Arc of Chester County was honored to bestow long-time donors and friends, Susan and Stephen March, with the 2021 Ruth Wood Philanthropic Leadership Award. Their decades of incredible generosity and support has been truly inspiring, and The Arc could not be more grateful for their loyalty. Congratulations to Susan and Stephen March, this year’s exemplary beneficiaries and well-deserving honorees of the 2021 Ruth Wood Philanthropic Award.
The 2021 Agnes Grady Chesko Family of the Year Award honors an outstanding family whose care for their children and assistance to other Arc families, sets an extraordinary example of love, loyalty, and dedicated advocacy for all. The honoree’s actions personify the mission of The Arc set forth by its early founders, including the beloved Agnes Grady Chesko. The prestigious award was presented to The Arc’s long-time friends The Rodolfo and Alley families, whose son and grandson is an Arc Preschool graduate. The Rodolfo and Alley families have carried on Agnes’s legacy with honesty, grace, determination, commitment, and generosity. Quote from recipient.
Pictured Left to Right: The Arc of Chester County Board Treasurer, Jessica Straghan., The Arc of Chester County Board President, Matthew Holliday, Lauren Rodolfo, Sam Alley, Nancy Alley, Alex Rodolfo, and The Arc of Chester County CEO, Jeanne Meikrantz.
The Arc of Chester County’s Corporate Partner of the Year Award honors a local organization that has significantly enhanced the Arc’s mission, through their dedicated support and loyal partnership. 2021 Partner of the Year honoree, Benchmark, partnered with The Arc year-round from sponsorship of The Arc’s Walk and Run signature event to fundraisers strategically hosted throughout the year to further support the Arc’s programs and services.
Pictured Left to Right: The Arc of Chester County CEO, Jeanne Meikrantz, Benchmark Federal Credit Union President & CEO, Daniel Machon, Jr., The Arc of Chester County Board President, Matthew Holliday, and The Arc of Chester County Board Treasurer, Jessica Straghan.
Shelby Hallman, Employment Training Specialist from The Arc's Comprehensive Employment Services (CES) program was named the 2020-2021 Employee of the Year. The Arc of Chester County created the Employee of the Year award to honor an employee who exemplifies a desire to grow, learn, and utilize his/her skills with enthusiasm and compassion.
"Shelby's compassion, energy, and expertise never wavered this past year and helped keep fellow colleagues and participant's spirits high. Despite a global pandemic, Shelby somehow managed to build stronger relationships with those she supports thanks to her tenacity and can-do attitude," said Rita Mandik, Director of The Arc's Comprehensive Employment Services Program.
The Arc of Chester County’s Employer of the Year Award honors an exemplary employer that demonstrates commitment to a diverse and inclusive company culture. Family run and owned, Little’s John Deere of Downingtown was presented with this year’s award and are a new employer partner of The Arc. The Arc’s Comprehensive Employment Services (CES) program helped an Arc participant land his dream job of working at John Deere. The employee-employer match was a perfect fit and a big success. Little’s John Deere is committed to an inclusive work culture, advocates for the hiring of people with disabilities, and are exemplary recipients of the 2021 Employer of the Year Award.