Double ARC was founded in 1992 by the Toledo Province Sisters of Notre Dame to address the needs of children in the regular classroom whose behavior and academic challenges put them at risk for failure or suspension. Sisters working in the classroom saw that some children were having a number of challenges – restlessness, inattention, defiance, difficulty with a number of subjects, especially math. In researching the problem, they discovered a common connection: prenatal exposure to alcohol known as “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders” (FASD).
FASDs last a lifetime and have no cure. But research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. For 25 years, Double ARC has addressed the issue head-on with programs focused on diagnosis, intervention and advocacy.
Since the very beginning, Double ARC has struggled to raise the necessary funds to provide services and maintain a small, dedicated staff. Double ARC began as a partnership with other local organizations and in the past several years has been exploring how to serve more children and their families.
With not just survival, but growth in mind, the leadership of Double ARC began meeting with leaders of “A Renewed Mind” (ARM), a large not-for-profit behavioral and mental health services organization in the Northwest Ohio area. Working with representatives from both boards, the CEO’s of the organizations, and a consultant hired through a Strategic Alliance grant given by the Toledo Community Foundation it was decided that a merger was the best option to ensure a vibrant future for Double ARC.
In addition to being experts in mental health issues, ARM is a faith-based organization that will include prenatal alcohol exposure in their mission statement. Importantly, the merged organizations will be able to increase the number of diagnoses and offer other services to children with FASD. The Sisters of the Notre Dame Toledo Province have embraced the move as one that ensures their hopes and dreams for FASD children will to thrive.
Best wishes to all at Double ARC and A Renewed Mind as you embark on this new journey together!
Article excerpts taken from https://www.doublearc.org/
Pictured above from left in back row: Kris Fauver, Steve Malia, Dan Murphy, Bill McNeal, Jamie Talberth and Melanie Ogrodowski. Front row from left: Elizabeth LaValley, Sr. Anne Mary Molyet, Sr. Christine Foos, Janet Bosserman and Sr. Delores Gatliff.