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Arc Baltimore putting together care packages for people with disabilities

Posted at 10:16 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 21:26:47-04

BALTIMORE — The Arc Baltimore is helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic, by putting together care packages for people with developmental disabilities.

“Like everyone else, the people with developmental disabilities in our Community Living and Family Living programs are cooped up in their homes, unable to work or get together with their friends, so in addition to providing cleaning supplies and food, we are trying to bring them some comfort and distraction,” says Kathleen McNally Durkin, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Baltimore.

Using a small grant from The Arc Maryland and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the organization was able to buy everything from games and puzzles to weighted blankets to ease anxiety, and deliver them to 70 different homes, which generally have two to three disabled residents and a full time staff.

The Arc Baltimore has been around since 1949 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, including employment training, residential services, education, treatment foster care, and respite care.

If you are interested in helping The Arc Baltimore during this stressful time, click here. You can also purchase items for individuals supported by The Arc Baltimore through an Amazon Wishlist.