Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Arc of Katy Donates Supplies to The Ballard House
Nonprofits are often believed to be on the receiving end of support in the form of grants and donations, both monetary and tangible, but did you know that many nonprofits support one another in pursuit of their common goal to help others? That's exactly what The Arc of Katy did recently in support of their nonprofit neighbors, The Ballard House.
Participants of The Arc of Katy, their families and staff recently banded together to collect essential supplies like trash bags and disposable dinnerware for The Ballard House, a Katy-based nonprofit dedicated to providing temporary housing with a warm, safe environment for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition at no cost. With a list in hand from The Arc of Katy staff, participants worked with their parents to pick out items for The Arc of Katy to provide to The Ballard House.
"We have heard about the amazing service [The Ballard House] offers to families who have someone suffering from illness, and we know how imperative it is to take burdens away from families who have someone fighting for their lives," said Ann Ferner with The Arc of Katy.
What makes this donation particularly special are the participants behind the effort. The Arc of Katy provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities right here in our community that enable each person to be included as a respected and active member of their community throughout their lifetime. For over 30 years, The Arc of Katy has been on mission to empower and enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, which includes cultivating personal values with their participants.
"Our participants feel more a part of the community when they are able to give back in some manner," said Ferner.
Currently, The Arc of Katy serves approximately 150 participants between day programs, socials and Zoom. The Arc of Katy is a member-led organization that was formed and continues to be supported by a broad section of community leaders, educators and families, guardians, and caregivers of people with a diverse range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Membership is available to all individuals and organizations who support the mission of The Arc of Katy, with an annual fee for individual and family memberships of just $75. To learn more about The Arc of Katy, please visit thearcofkaty.org.
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.