Point / Arc’s JOY celebration returns for its 50th anniversary with a long list of successes to be proud of
By Andy Furman
Le Point / Arc
The JOY-50 celebration at Point / Arc with nearly 500 sponsors, family, board members and friends of the association, organized after having disappeared last year due to the pandemic, was a great success.
“It was great,” said Judi Gerding, Founder and President of The Point / Arc, “especially since we didn’t celebrate JOY a year ago because of the pandemic.”
The Covington-based organization celebrated its 50th anniversary.
For Founder and President Judi Gerding, these 50 years have been a personal journey in fostering a better life for her son Steve, as well as for others with intellectual and developmental disabilities – known as I / DD. Steve was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybu Syndrome at a young age.
In 1972, three groups of parents came together to help loved ones diagnosed with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I / DD). Today, this group has grown into a holistic agency with a wide range of programs around the clock.
“Our history of filling the gaps by creating integrated programs empowers people with I / DD to become contributing and inclusive members of our community and provides the self-esteem and pride we all seek,” said said Gerding.
In 1982, The Point / Arc opened their first social enterprise – The Point Restaurant – to provide vocational training for people with I / DD. In 1985, The Point Commercial Cleaning Company and the employment program to provide vocational training, placement and lifelong follow-up was established.
The Point Commercial Laundry was established in 1996. In 2012, The Point / Arc opened the doors of The Point Apparel Company and The Point Perk cafe opened in 2015, âas a way for the community to come and take a look. wellness mug. coffee and see our mission in action, âsaid Gerding.
The Point / Arc established its first group home in 1995. Currently, The Point owns and operates 15 well-maintained homes in neighborhoods that are home to nearly 60 residents. Group homes are located in Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties.
In 1999, to fill a social void in the lives of the people The Point / Arc serves, The Point’s activity program was launched with weekly social events, seasonal sports, monthly dances and vacations. In 2004, to provide community outreach and education to people with I / DD, The Point outreach and education programs were established.
Today, The Point / Arc offers educational programs, which include social communication, bridging and career development programs. In 2013, The Point / Arc added case management as a way to help individuals and families find resources and services through person-centered planning that will help them achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Point Proud TV debuted on November 3 this year in collaboration with the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky (TBNK). The show airs on Spectrum Channel 185 and Cincinnati Bell Channel 821, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. – in Kenton County.
âThe half-hour show highlights community development like new restaurants, new stores and upcoming community events. It will also promote Point programs, âsaid Shannon Chalfant-Jones, executive director of the show. âViewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and production of the show. The students conduct interviews like a real newscast.
The cast includes students with various intellectual disabilities.
Point Proud TV can be viewed on public access channels, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and the Zembrodt Education Center (ZEC) blog.
âThis is just another way for The Point / Arc to reach out to the community and at the same time let people know what The Point / Arc is,â said Gerding.
Le Point / Arc now serves more than 1,400 people per year through its programs and services. âWe are always looking for new ways to fill service gaps and integrate people with I / DD into the community to reach their full potential,â said Gerding.
And, The Point / Arc has been doing it for 50 years.
The celebration was JOY.