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Patti Holt newest board member at Arc of the Ozarks

Monday, July 2, 2012

Patti Holt, at left, explored her new duties as a member of the Arc of the Ozarks Board of Directors with the assistance of Julie Guillebeau, at right, Arc chief advancement officer
Patti Holt, of Monett, is the newest board member for Arc of the Ozarks, the Springfield-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to individuals with developmental disabilities and their needs.

Holt joined the board June 13 and toured the new medically fragile facility in Springfield.

"I was amazed," she said. "I had never thought about that phase of a person's life."

Holt met one of the residents in the new home for the medically fragile.

"She's in a wheelchair and will be for the rest of her life," Holt said.

"The house is set up just like a home, there is a dining table and chairs and each person has their own room."

Holt is thrilled with the new position.

"I'm passionate about the Arc of the Ozarks," she said. "The Arc board is passionate about making things happen."

The Arc has several programs to fit the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Day programs provide support in small groups in the individual's home, in the community, or at one of the Arc's five facilities.

During your day, clients have the opportunity to enjoy various educational, social, and recreational activities.

Trained personal assistants help clients in with tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, housekeeping, cooking and more.

Community support services are tailored to provide the supports an individual needs to increase his or her independence and abilities in the home or community. The service is provided on an individual basis or in a group setting; in a person's own home or in the community; during morning, afternoon or evening hours; on weekdays or weekends.

Individuals receiving services have a wide range of ages, abilities, talents and interests, including:

* Community integration

* Health and safety

* Leisure skills

* Communication

* Social skills

* Self-care

* Domestic skills

* Self-direction

* Personal hygiene and


* Budgeting and money management

* Self-advocacy

* Trips, and

* Interpersonal Skills

"I'm excited about being named to the board and look forward to bringing awareness to the community for these programs," Holt said.

For more information, call the Arc of the Ozarks at 417-864-7887 or visit http://thearcoftheozarks.org.

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