Anything Goes Fundraiser

posted Jan 9, 2017, 1:20 PM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 9:44 AM ]

Arc of Greater New Orleans hosts “Anything Goes”

Sterling Hall in Chalmette outfitted in Broadway-themed decorations


CHALMETTE, LA, January 2017 - After a two- year hiatus, Arc of Greater New Orleans played host to “Anything Goes,” a fundraiser the non-profit hosts to benefit its programs.  The fundraiser, which was attended by over 200 community supporters, was held at Arc’s Sterling Hall in late November.

This year's theme focused on Broadway with tablescapes such as Wicked, Annie, Sister Act, Hair, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, the Wiz and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Ten of the 25 tables even competed in a Broadway lip-sync battle.

Arc's InterAct NOLA theater troupe, comprised of actors with intellectual disabilities and delays, shared a segment of their thought-provoking skit "Spread the Word to End the Word.” The skit features

InterACT Group
vignettes and songs that challenge audiences to take a stand and raise awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word (‘retarded).  It encourages others to think before they speak!

The performance was followed by a delicious meal catered by long-time Arc supporters, Jeff & Terri Pohlmann of Today’s Ketch. The generosity of many longtime community supporters provided Arc with funds necessary to continue its mission of supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a meaningful way.


posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:31 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:14 AM ]

InterACT NOLA is a theater company comprised of actors with and without disabilities whose mission is to change perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities through art and expression.  We have performed musical productions  in major theaters in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes for the past four years to raise awareness of bullying, the use of hurtful words and actions  that are dehumanizing to people who are considered different.   

In July 2016, InterACT created their community outreach project bringing their original musical production, Spread the Word to End the Word to local elementary and middle schools at no cost.  Immediately following the performance is a talk-back session that concludes with a challenge to take a pledge and make the commitment to end the R-word and raise the consciousness of society about the R-word not only in their school, but with their families, friends and in their communities.

We are proud to announce that Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA), Arc of Greater New Orleans and the national Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign have formed a partnership to empower young people as agents of change - fostering respect and dignity, and to become advocates for people with and without intellectual disabilities. The Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. We would like to acknowledge and thank Metropolitan Human Services District and Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority for their ongoing support.  


To schedule this campaign and FREE performance at your school, please contact Norelia Reed, InterACT NOLA Director at 504-897-0134 or email  and together, let’s Spread the Word to End the Word!

GiveNOLA Day

posted May 2, 2016, 7:44 AM by Arc Admin

May 3rd is THE day…the day to donate to a great cause, Arc of Greater New Orleans Vintage Garden Farm (VGF). VGF is a featured non-profit for this year’s GiveNOLA Day, which is a one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger and creating a thriving community for all. Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight on May 3rd will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Last year, $4 million dollars was donated from 34,000+ donors from around the nation!


Arc, and the farmers of its Vintage Garden Farm, thank you in advance for any donation you can make. If you wish to participate, please follow the link:



Mignon Faget: Day of Service at the Arc of Greater New Orleans

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:12 AM by Arc Admin

This #DDAware Month, Know Your Right to Vote

posted Mar 2, 2016, 8:47 AM by Arc Admin

March is DD Awarness Month, Elections Matter Image
Tomorrow marks the start of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Join us as we harness the energy of DD Awareness to kick off our campaign, Your Right to Vote.

2016 is an election year, and it is imperative that people with I/DD, their families, friends, caregivers, and chapters of The Arc understand and exercise the right to vote. Elections matter.

When you vote, you choose who represents the disability community at all levels of government. You have the power to choose who decides the structure and funding of disability programs. The lifelines of our community, like Medicaid, Social Security, and more, are impacted by who YOU choose to represent you.

Make sure that in March, you are ready to have an impact and know your right to vote!

Dewain Baldwin Success Story

posted Feb 11, 2016, 9:58 AM by Arc Admin   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:10 AM ]


“…go out there and challenge life”
Dewain Baldwin

Dewain Baldwin has a zest for life that is evident the moment you meet him. He is determined to accept the challenges that life presents and continues to reach his personal goals.

Dewain, 30, has an irrepressible confidence in himself, and he believes this attitude can work for others. He is truly a self advocate.

Dewain began working at Arc of Greater New Orleans on the grounds maintenance crew in 2009. By 2013, he was operating a riding lawnmower on various landscaping projects. In 2013, he was given the Success Award from the grounds maintenance division of Arc Enterprises.

During this time, Dewain was also working for Landmark Event Staffing Services at the Superdome for various events including Saints games and concerts. Dewain continues to work for Landmark. He enjoys this job because it gives him the opportunity to interact with the public.

After working on the grounds crew for 4 years, Dewain felt that it was time for a change. “If you want to get somewhere, you’ve got to move forward.” With the assistance of Arc Employment Services, Dewain began working at Pei Wei Asian Diner as a utility employee. He has become proficient in preparing rice and noodles, and has mastered several food prep recipes. He also washes dishes, and keeps the steward area clean and organized. Dewain is willing to accept new duties and learn new skills in his job. “If you are scared of failing” Dewain says “you are never going to get what you want. You can’t hold back.”

Arc Employment Services has the pleasure of continuing to provide long term follow-along services to Dewain.

Save The Date!

posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:10 AM by Arc Admin

Save The Date Flyer Image

The Louisiana Conference of Executives of the Arc's Annual Training.  


March 18th, 2016.


The Drusillia Seafood Restaurant on 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 70809.

Click here to book a room! article on Arcs Mardi Gras Beads Business

posted Jan 14, 2016, 1:20 PM by Arc Admin   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 1:21 PM ] has published an article about Arc of Greater New Orleans beads business.


"Here's how to donate or buy recycled Mardi Gras beads."

Vintage Garden Farms Article on RSF Social Finance Blog

posted Jan 4, 2016, 12:57 PM by Arc Admin   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 1:37 PM ]

The Vintage Garden Farms have been spotlighted in an article on the RSF Social Finance Blog.

Check out the article: Native Species for an Indigenous City


posted Dec 3, 2015, 10:01 AM by Arc Admin   [ updated Dec 3, 2015, 10:01 AM ]

Picture of Tommy, a successfull Arc Crewmember
There was a time when Tommy had difficulty staying focused and on his work task, but you would never know that today. 

Tommy works at Arc's Vintage Garden Farm in Chalmette, and he takes his job seriously.  He's now a leader and helps direct newer crew members while they are learning routines and the reasons behind their tasks.  He also takes it upon himself to help orient volunteers when they come to help on the farm.

Arc has demonstrated time and time again that patience and time can produce positive outcomes.  Tommy is another example of individual focus and success.

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