Community Programs

The Arc of Dunn County offers several programs that strive to provide social and learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Connections Day Services –

Connections is a great way to connect with others, connect with our community and learn life skills.  Connections meets on Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Alliance Church is our home base with many opportunities to take part in activities at various places within our community.

Arc After Dark – 

Arc After Dark offers opportunities to get together with friends and do things you love!  Having fun and enjoying all our community has to offer are the focus of Arc After Dark.  Game nights, movies, art classes, dinner at  local restaurants, sporting events and concerts are just a few of the things that you can take part in.  Come join us for some great nights on the town!

Transportation to Connections and  Arc After Dark events are available for a reasonable fee.

Arc Awareness – Taking part in activities that promote the work of The Arc of Dunn County, increase knowledge of and provide a voice for issues that effect people with disabilities and working to foster positive attitudes and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life.

For more information about The Arc’s community programs contact Tina Joiner at 715.235.7373 ext. 20 or tina@arcofdunncounty.org.

Sibshops

Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program that provides peer support within a recreational environment.  It’s designed to celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs!  Each Sibshop encourages kids to participate in site based activities that encourage sharing, laughter and fun!  Kids will have the chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about their experiences.

For more information about Sibshops contact Tina Joiner at 715.235.7373 ext. 20 or tina@arcofdunncounty.org.


Community Services

The Arc of Dunn County provides the following Community Services for children and adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities:

Daily Living Skills Training –

The Arc of Dunn County’s Daily Living Skills training can work on specific and general skills necessary for living independently or with minimal supports in the community. Independent living skills will be tailored specifically to the individual’s needs.

Daily Living Skills Training activities include, but not limited to are:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Fitness/Exercise
  • Job/Volunteer seeking and filling out applications
  • Assist with apartment searching and filling out applications
  • Money Management
    • Checkbook management
    • Bill paying
    • Responsible spending
    • Learning to tip when eating out at restaurants

Supportive Home Care – 

Supportive Home Care provides support to eligible individuals with disabilities (participants) who reside in unsupervised living environments such as their own apartments or homes. Services are offered in participants’ homes, as well as at relevant sites in the community.  Services are based on the participant’s needs and are provided on a one-to-one basis by trained staff.

In-Home Respite Care – 

The Arc of Dunn County’s In-Home Respite Care Program provides temporary, quality care for caregivers and families. Full-time care giving is a rewarding but often difficult and stressful job. Caregiver stress can not only affect the caregiver but also the individual receiving care. Allowing time for yourself is essential in the role of full-time care giving and will ultimately increase the quality of care you’re able to provide. We offer flexibility to meet each caregiver’s needs.

Our program provides a wide array of activities for our participating clients tailored to their specific needs.

  • Quality care
  • Health Monitoring
  • Top-Priority personal service from our dedicated, professional staff
  • Dignified assistance and support with feeding, bathing, dressing or other personal care needs
  • Wholesome, nutritionally balanced meals and snacks
  • Medication management/assistance
  • Socialization
  • Interactive games, activities and community events

Guardianship Program
The Arc-Guardianship Program shall provide guardianship of the person or estate. Guardianship is viewed as a responsibility to make critical decisions for a person who has been judicially verified to be incapable of making his or her own decisions. The Guardianship Program will use creativity to go the extra mile to serve wards in our program.
The Guardianship Program will make sure each ward is protected from exploitation or abuse by others, visit each ward on a regular basis, apply and advocate for services for each ward, manage the ward’s assets, and file an annual report to the court.
Core Values

  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Advocate
  • Making a Difference
  • Serve
A guardian is…

  • Court-appointed
  • Bound by statute
  • An advocate for ward
  • A decision-maker
  • A coordinator
  • A financial planner
A guardian is not a…

  • Caregiver
  • Companion
  • Service provider
  • Warden
  • Reformer
  • Savior
  • Substitute family

Residential Services Program

The Residential Services Program is designed to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities with a focus on modeling and teaching independent living skills based on each persons need and skill level. The Arc of Dunn County’s aim is that each person becomes as independent as possible in their daily living skills so that they may be able to live in the community with dignity and pride in their independence.
Living arrangements may vary depending upon the needs of each person. We have a variety of settings from a warm adult family home setting where four people reside to apartments where two people may reside. We also have the ability to provide services for just a few hours a day or week assisting with grocery shopping, appointments, social activities and modeling of necessary daily living skills. Again, our aim is independence for the people we serve.
The Arc of Dunn County’s aim is that each person becomes as independent as possible in their daily living skills so that they may be able to live in the community with dignity and pride in their independence.

 

Residential Services Provided by The Arc
  • Room – clean, pleasant, personalized
  • Board – Nutritional menu planning – Menus prepared at least one week in advance.
  • Transportation to appointments and activities
  • Church of choice (if applicable)
  • Behavior monitoring
  • Training and assistance with daily living skills
  • Assistance with managing personal spending funds
  • Orientation to the community
  • Leisure time activities
Residential Services Arranged with Other Facilities
  • On-going medical care
  • Dental service
  • Eye care
  • Work Center/Day Services
  • Menomonie High School for high school education students
  • Thursday Night Thrillseekers through the Menomonie Parks and Rec. Dept.
  • Camps / Vacation organizations
  • Counseling services
  • Lutheran Social Services
The Arc of Dunn County coordinates work center and day services with the following area businesses and organizations.
  • Indianhead Enterprises, Inc.
  • Goodwill
  • Reach, Inc.
  • Aurora