Today we toured Marc Community Resources in Mesa. It was wonderful to see how this organization cares for, trains, and helps find employment for individuals struggling with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
Did you know? The organization started in 1957 when nine local families who had children with special needs formed a nonprofit corporation to start a school for children. In 1973 the center began providing a day program for adults with disabilities. Later it began opening residential homes and now runs nearly 80 of them in the Valley. It is now the largest provider of employment programs for people disabilities in Arizona.
Fast Fact: Nearly 30 percent of the 70 million American families have at least one family member with a disability.
This nonprofit organization, with a $51 million annual budget, is primarily funded by state government. The agency generally doesn’t do fundraisers or operate with volunteers.
What services does the organization offer? In-home support, community living, community day services, behavioral health, and employment related services.
Jobs that Marc participants can do include paid work at the facilities, cleaning Mesa buses, manning the Mesa Library coffee cart, labeling for Pilkington glass manufacturer, removing gum at Mesa Public Schools and helping at the Cubs Spring Training games.
Job coaches work one-on-one with Marc members to help them and their employers navigate challenges on an outside job.
“Our ultimate goal is to get people out working,” said Bill McAllister, business development consultant.
Testimonials from Marc members:
Work is where people generate responsibility towards others and helps with my self-determination.”
Employment is an important part of my recovery. It helped me break out of the paralysis of the disability and stigma in my life.”
For more information, go to: http://marccr.com/