We signed the pledge: Katy Area Return to Work Safely Task Force

With safety and health of our participants, staff, volunteers, and the community as our priority, The Arc of Katy has pledged to follow the Katy Returns to Work Task Force‘s 15 principles for a Work Safe Company.

As we prepare to reopen our facility to teen and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in mid-June, The Arc of Katy is implementing several new protocols and procedures consistent with those recommended by the Return to Work task force and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We encourage other companies and nonprofit organizations with which we do business in the area to do the same.

The Katy Returns to Work Task Force’s objective is to provide authoritative and timely information and useful resources on safely re-opening Katy’s businesses (from small to large). Working collaboratively, the Task Force strives to support reasonable and predictable paths for returning Katy businesses and their employees to work while avoiding a second peak in COVID-19 cases.

All Katy citizens and business owners have access to the Task Force’s website, for up to date and carefully researched materials in four primary areas:

  • Medical (including mental health)
  • Financial (available resources)
  • Strategy (where and how do we start?)
  • People (individual and organization-wide)

In addition, real-time data on local medical system capacity and upstream identification of hot spots of viral spread will be collected and monitored. Access to this vital information will allow businesses to take proactive steps to prevent a second peak and avoid subsequent consequences of increased economic hardship within the community.

Morning Circle

We are missing all of our participants and teachers at The Arc of Katy. We hope you can use this video to do your own morning circle at home. Join our teachers for the morning pledge and prayer.

Ideas Of Things To Do At Home

We are going on eight weeks of being at home during this COVID-19 social distancing time. As the state of Texas begins to reopen, here is a video sharing ideas of activities you can be do to keep busy.  

We would love to hear from you! Please share with us what you have been doing to stay busy at
home either through our Facebook page or email as at info@thearcofkaty.org

Greyboy The Goose

We love a great story and this is one you won’t want to miss! This all started eight years ago while Marilyn Smythe, an instructor with The Arc of Katy, and her husband were on a walk with their granddaughter. Check out the videos below to learn more about this beloved goose Greyboy and how he quickly became part of the neighborhood family.

The Arc Helps Katy Bloom

The Arc of Katy is proud to be featured in the May 7 edition of Katy Times by R. Hans Miller, Times Senior Reporter.

The Arc of Katy held a flower sale April 30 and May 1 to raise funds for the nonprofit, Arc of Katy Board Member Amy Campbell said. The local nonprofit, which offers social activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, raised $3,000 through sales and another $800 through financial donations at the event.

The Arc of Katy held a flower sale April 30 and May 1 to raise funds for the nonprofit, Arc of Katy Board Member Amy Campbell said. The local nonprofit, which offers social activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, raised $3,000 through sales and another $800 through financial donations at the event.

“We ordered 1,000 Geraniums with the hopes that we could really put it out there and sell them,” Campbell said. “We sold 930 of them the first day. The next day we had 70 left and we sold those in 18 minutes.”

The community came together to help the Arc of Katy in multiple ways, Campbell said. First, there were the community members that bought the flowers and the volunteers for The Arc that ran the flower sale. Second, the Katy Elks Lodge #2628 provided another volunteer, chairs and tents to facilitate the event.

The Arc of Katy’s clients did not participate because of health concerns, Campbell said.

“We didn’t ask them to participate only because of the social distancing and sometimes they’re in the compromised group of people,” Campbell said.

The idea for the event came after Campbell spoke with her sister, Randye McAnally, who runs Fredericksburg Farms with her husband Steve McAnally. The nursery usually sells Geraniums for school fundraisers. Most of the fundraisers the thousands of plants raised at the nursery were going to go unused, so Campbell worked out a deal with her sister to raise funds for The Arc of Katy instead.

The 1,000 Geraniums were sold for $8 a piece with $5 going toward the grower’s business to keep it going and $3 going to the nonprofit, Campbell said. Between the profit from the flowers and about $800 received in financial donations, the total proceeds for last week’s event was $3,800, Campbell said.

Campbell said that, while the nonprofit is not currently hosting in-person events for its program participants, it is partnering with area organizations to provide activities for participants. The Harris County staff at Mary Jo Peckham Park have even created exercise videos for The Arc of Katy clients to enjoy with their families, Campbell said.

Campbell and John Curry of Curry & Co. Consulting helps The Arc of Katy with its public relations said the organization still needs the community’s support, even though in-person activities are not ongoing right now. The nonprofit’s annual fundraising gala is still scheduled for Aug. 28, they said.

“If (supporters) have any educational or interesting things, they do they could offer those to The Arc of Katy,” Campbell said.

If you missed the sale and would like to purchase geraniums, the Katy Elks Lodge will be hosting its own geranium sale Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or when flowers are sold out, whichever is sooner, Campbell said. The sale will be held at the lodge at  Katy Fort Bend Road in Katy. 

Yoga at The Arc of Katy

The Arc of Katy’s dedicated staff and volunteers have put together some great activities for our program participants to help them keep active.. Our participants look forward to coming to our day program each day but since The Arc of Katy is temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our wonderful teachers and staff are leading Zoom meetings and sharing resources that are educational and entertaining, from exercise videos to gardening kits. 

Below are some great Yoga videos from Cherise, Rosana, Sandy, and Rhonda

Check back with us in the furture for more updates.

We are featured in Absolutely! Katy Community Magazine…look here!

The Arc of Katy is proud to be featured in the cover story of the April edition of Absolutely! Katy Community Magazine by John Curry.

“Almost everyone who knows anything about The Arc of Katy says it truly is a special place. And, the glowing comments aren’t simply because the organization provides meaningful programs and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It certainly does that. But The Arc of Katy is special for so many other reasons. In other words, it’s not just why and what they do, but how they do it…read more.

April 29 Update: The Arc of Katy Response to COVID-19

In response to the most recent direction from public health experts and government officials about how to best prevent further community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Arc of Katy will continue to remain closed through the end of May 2020.

“We do this with an ongoing spirit of care for the health and safety or our program participants, staff, volunteers and our community,” says Fred Shafer, President of The Arc of Katy.

Updates include:

  • The Arc of Katy is updating plans and will continue to keep its day program closed and cancel all social programs through the end of May. Families and providers will not be charged tuition for days The Arc of Katy remains closed.
  • The Arc of Katy is planning ahead for our summer program that is scheduled to begin June 1, 2020. Spaces have been reserved for participants whose families have submitted a registration form. Our staff continues to accept registration requests. Some days of the week are available. Other days are filled to capacity and a waiting list is being kept for those interested in attending on those days.
  • The Arc of Katy is rescheduling The Arc of Katy 2020 Gala Benefit Celebrating Hometown Heroes to August 28, 2020.
  • The Arc of Katy leadership team will continue to monitor and consider both the public health situation and updates in direction from government and public health officials to inform their understanding of how the situation impacts programs and the broader community.
  • The Arc of Katy will keep participants’ families, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders updated as decisions are made for the organization in response to this unprecedented and evolving global situation.
  • The Arc of Katy will continue to provide pertinent updates on this website and our Facebook page.
  • To stay connected with our participants as we stay at home, our staff, volunteers and some participants also have posted a number of videos on YouTube.

“Our top priority is the well being of our program participants and families, our staff , volunteers and our community,” Shafer said. “We understand and appreciate all that they do to deliver safe, healthy, fun and meaningful programs and activities for our participants.

“We realize that our participants and their families, staff, volunteers and supporters are all impacted in different ways by the community’s response to this unprecedented and evolving situation and they are thinking through their own individual response and actions to help prevent the further community spread of the coronavirus. We are committed to listening to their input and keeping them informed of decisions as they are made to reopen our programs or to extend our temporary closure.”

The Arc of Katy encourages all our stakeholders to keep informed about decisions and guidance from our government officials and public health experts. Some helpful resources are posted on various federal, state and local websites including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/