Take This Job and Love It!

The FitzFile by Richard Fitzmaurice — The Arc of Alameda County/President of the Board, The Arc of California Arc Client Aaron Moore Loves His Job – Wants the Same for Others. Mid-week days start early in the morning for Aaron Moore.  Aaron, a veteran Arc client, lives in Stockton but works in Livermore on Wednesdays […]

Real Jobs for Real Pay

The FitzFile by Richard Fitzmaurice — The Arc of Alameda County/President of the Board, The Arc of California   October is Disability Awareness Month Since 1945, the Federal Government has set aside some period of time dedicated to finding jobs for people with disabilities.  The event has evolved over the years. Today it’s called National Disability Employment […]

No Baloney! A HealthMeet Lesson Well Learned

If there’s one thing Arc client Dana Hale learned from his experience in The Arc’s HealthMeet program it’s the definition of nutritious food. “No Baloney!” says Dana, “and I stay away from hot dogs, bacon and eggs, fried food, salt and pepper and no alcohol or smokes.” He has also given up sugary soda drinks.   […]

City of Union City: Tag, You’re It

Union City Offers a Great Gig for Our Clients Like most places these days, The City of Union City has a graffiti challenge.  In fact, it’s had one since at least 1997.  That’s the year Union City contracted with The Arc to have our clients remove the “artwork” left by the taggers.   Taggers are […]

Why We Love the Livermore Police Department

A Job Washing Police Vehicles in Livermore Did you know that for over a decade, The Arc has found work for people with developmental disabilities at the Livermore Police Department?  A team of dedicated Arc clients has washed police vehicles and do a great job at it.   Pride in Their Work Rhonda Bishop, Livermore […]

Justice for Brendan Dassey – Man Featured in Making a Murderer

Brendan Dassey, featured in the Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer, had his murder conviction overturned. The Judge ruled, that as a person with a developmental disability, Brendan’s confession was coerced. The Arc says people with a developmental disability often confess during interrogation and that Brendan is just one example of perhaps hundreds of people with a developmental disability who are in prison unjustly.

A Quarter Century of Shiny Autos in Pleasanton

    For 25 years now, The Arc of Alameda County has teamed up with the City of Pleasanton to provide Arc clients – people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – the opportunity for some on-the-job training by washing Pleasanton’s maintenance vehicles.  Over the quarter century, the Arc workers have done such a great job […]

Talkin’ Trash in San Leandro – Arc Clients Keep Parks Picked-up

The Start of a Beautiful Friendship with The City of San Leandro Back in 2012, The Arc of Alameda County partnered with The City of San Leandro to pick up trash at Marina Park at the end of Fairway Drive.  It was the beginning of a long relationship.  Our clients still go every Monday and […]

The Coffee Project: Arc Clients Make Great Bean Baggers

James Vaughn, was looking for an auto-weigher – a machine that mechanizes the task of filling a bag with his raw coffee beans (see one in action here).    Vaughn, owner of The Coffee Project, sells gourmet beans – which he buys from all over the world – to people who take 15 minutes to roast […]