Get introduced to The Arc

Published 7:05 pm Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Teen Open House will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Arc Mower County on July 12.

This free event is open to people with intellectual disabilities ages 13-18 and their families.

Play bingo, tour The Arc, have pizza, dance, meet staff, eet other families and current members, play games and socialize, ssk questions, learn about membership and activity registration and future activity planning.

Email newsletter signup

All new members will receive a free one year membership and a lunch bag. All current members will receive a free lunch bag. If you have questions call 507-433-8994 or send an email


 SSI application window extended

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that beginning Aug. 1 youth who are blind or who have disabilities may apply for SSI benefits up to 180 days prior to the end of their eligibility for foster care.

The current window for application is 90 days prior to the end of eligibility for foster care, which in most states ends at age 18. This extended application period will be in effect as a one-year pilot. After the one-year trial period, SSA will determine whether to make the policy permanent.


Support The Arc at Applebee’s Dining To Donate

From 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Austin Applebee’s. Flyers will be in the July and August 2016 newsletter at The Arc office and online at


Upcoming Activities at The Arc

•Birthday party and outdoor games: 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 5.

•Learning for Life: Basic Math: 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 6

•Firecracker Dance: 6 to 8 p.m., July 8

•Community Connections: Rochester Honkers baseball game: 5 to 10:30 p.m., July 9

Jamey Helgeson is the Program Director at The Arc Mower County and can be reached at or by calling 507-433-8994, Extension 102.  You can also visit our website ( and follow us on Facebook (