Dear Friends of The Arc Carroll County,
My brother Barry was born in 1945 into an era that did not recognize the special needs of any but those children society deemed “normal.” When my parents realized there would not be an education available to Barry, they, with the help of other like-minded parents, began the first organized educational effort for him.
As a small child, I remember riding around in an old station wagon picking up other children like Barry – those who would never be welcome in the public schools. With much support and funding over many years, that effort has transitioned into The Arc Carroll County and become much more than even my parents could have ever imagined.
Until his death in 2012, Barry spent his days at The Arc being instructed and supported by caring staff. The Arc provided him the opportunity to develop friendships, work skills, and a structure to his life.
Since that first ride in the station wagon, then later riding the bus (a big deal), he acquired life skills and opportunities that would not have happened without the existence of The Arc. Most importantly, when the time came that Barry needed residential care, The Arc stepped up. He lived his last years happily, in a group home setting receiving the best care and continuing his relationships within The Arc.
I loved my brother – Barry had a great smile, was funny and uncomplicated, and helped people laugh at really stupid things. He was so much a part of The Arc Carroll County and its activities that it is hard to imagine the building without him! I will always be grateful to them for all they did for my brother throughout his lifetime – I know that Barry was happy.
Only with the support of people like you can these services be provided to so many in need. I sincerely hope you will consider a donation for this extra-special organization. Think of it as being for Barry—and others like him who need the extra assistance to experience life to the fullest.
Sherry Strine West
P.S. Please consider making a monthly gift to The Arc Carroll County. Your gift will provide The Arc with ongoing support needed each month to support people like Barry. Click here to get started. Thank you!