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My25 Program Prompts Healthier Meals

My25 menu plans create healthier meals, individually customized to meet dietary restrictions, for Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana consumers.

Coffee Carts Help Students Learn Skills While Fueling School Staff

Students in Pre-Employment Transition Services at Wayne and North Side high schools are learning valuable skills operating coffee carts that offer food and drinks teachers and staff.

Launch Party Celebrates ES Gaming Program

ES Gaming took off publicly with a launch party at Easterseals RISE in Angola on May 17. More than 100 party attendees got a look at Easterseals Northern Indiana’s investment in gaming and the contagious enthusiasm of participants.

Buddies Without Borders Helps Youths Lead the Way to Inclusion

About once a month, kids from Easterseals Arc’s Mini Dreamers and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne meet for fun, crafts, or visits to area attractions. Whatever activity is on their agenda, their mission is having fun and getting to know each other. This is the second school year that kids from the... Read more »

Brothers Reconnect With Help From Staff

Tim hadn’t seen his brother in at least three years, not since before the pandemic. With the help of Ryan Keefe, who works in Easterseals Arc’s community living department, they were reunited for a visit.

Norman, Mini Horse Reunite in Ranch Visits

Visiting Image of Hope Ranch has always been a joy for Norman. Now each visit includes spending time with Cheyenne, a mini horse from the family farm where he grew up and lived for decades.

ES Gaming Envisions New Standard for Inclusive Gaming

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana is one of the first affiliates to join ES Gaming, a nationwide Easterseals initiative creating a new standard for equity, inclusion and access among all disabled gamers, while amplifying disabled voices and accessible innovations.

JAM Center Visits Combine Volunteer Work and Fun

It’s become a weekly getaway for many of the people who take part in day services at Easterseals Arc’s Projects Drive Group. Every Friday, four to eight participants, accompanied by one or two staff members, make the half-hour drive north to the JAM Center, short for Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center, in Garrett. They volunteer... Read more »

CNA Program

Easterseals Arc’s health care learning lab will prepare participants for rewarding careers as certified nurse assistant (CNAs). Next cohort begins July 24.

Nick Stars in Shrek the Musical

For one production, Nick will be transformed three times. He’ll first become one of the Three Pigs, then a guard protecting Lord Farquaad, then a knight imprisoned after failing to rescue Princess Fiona.

Small Garden Yields Big Bounty for Housemates

As autumn turned chilly, housemates Barry, Matt and Steve harvested some of the last food from the garden they started in May 2022. They started small, with just a few dozen square feet of garden, some in raised beds, others directly in the earth of their backyard.

Easterseals, Project 216 Partner to Pack Meals for Ukraine

Volunteers from across northeast Indiana teamed up Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, at Easterseals Arc’s Projects Drive building to package meals for the people of Ukraine. By the time they finished, they had packed more than a half-ton of food.

Success at Silver Birch ERA Prompts Request for More Help

Since last year, Employment Readiness Academy (ERA) teams from Easterseals Arc have worked at Silver Birch of Fort Wayne, a senior living and assisted living community on Hanna Street. Amanda said she likes “bussing the dishes. Wiping down the tables. I like serving meals.”

Transitions Academy Offered 8 Weeks of Lessons in Independence

Four young people spent eight weeks living, learning, working and relaxing together in the Easterseals Transitions Academy (ETA) from the beginning of June through the end of July.

Holiday Inn Experience Benefits Participants and Hotel

Every weekday, for eight weeks at a time, a team of four or five Easterseals Arc Employment Readiness Academy participants arrive at the Holiday Inn Purdue Fort Wayne and set to work.

Hospitality Lab Offers Taste of Restaurant Career

Every Monday for several weeks, veteran restaurant manager Mike Ringley has come to Easterseals Arc and given participants a taste of the restaurant business. The five young people in this first group to use the new Hospitality Learning Lab pack a lot into their Mondays.

Partnership Aids Both Covington Box, Easterseals Participants

Like so many area businesses, Covington Box & Packaging can’t find enough workers to keep pace with demand from its customers. What it has found is a new source of help: two teams of workers from Easterseals Arc and Easterseals RISE.

Case Management Changes Ahead for Waiver Services

As part of the Medicaid Waiver redesign, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) is prioritizing improvement in case management services to support individuals and families.

Meet Chauntesse: Helping Others Reach Milestones

Chauntesse Philpot loves to learn, and she works two jobs helping other people learn and overcome obstacles, too.

Meet Christina: Embracing Versatility at the Creative Learning Center

Each day, about 45 people with disabilities arrive at the Easterseals Passages Creative Learning Center for a day of activities, learning and fun. Christina Sipe rolls with it all.

Meet Jorge: Doing the Work He Loves

Jorge Ruiz has worked many jobs in his 43 years, but he’s come back to being a Direct Support Professional, or DSP.

Pre-Employment Transition Services at Carroll High School

Carroll High School student Makayla got a semester-long introduction to what it’s like to work in the preschool at Hickory Center Elementary School.

Pre-Employment Transition Services at Homestead High School

Several of the 13 students in the Pre-ETS program at Homestead High School worked in retail stores during the 2018-2019 school year. They saw firsthand the behind-the-scenes effort that keeps the stores running.

Pre-Employment Transition Services at Wayne High School

Students at Wayne High School are working in area businesses, thanks to a collaboration with Easterseals Arc.

Music Therapy Helps Develop Social Skills

Music therapy can look like a party, but there are serious goals behind the fun.

Pre-Manufacturing Academy Creates Path to Jobs in Steuben County

Class sizes at the Pre-Manufacturing Academy at Easterseals RISE may be small, but the goal is not. These classes could become a path to jobs in manufacturing for people with disabilities.

Projects Drive Group Team Fills Need for Pillow Packers at Arden

A group of Easterseals Arc participants has been at work in a Fort Wayne factory since April, helping to brighten outdoor furniture in the United States and Canada.

Easterseals RISE Team Lessens Mastercraft Labor Shortage

Easterseals RISE participants joined the workforce at Mastercraft Inc. during a national emergency, as companies turned their machinery and expertise to making supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Career Connections Uses Virtual Visits for Exploration

Easterseals Arc has reshaped many programs to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19. The career exploration activities run by the employment services team are no exception.