On Monday, supporters and friends of The Arc of Massachusetts gathered in Waltham for Almost Home to celebrate the start of construction of our new statewide headquarters building and the continuing success of the Home for the Future Campaign.
“A few weeks ago some fellow staff members and I watched as an excavator tore apart our old building,” Executive Director Leo Sarkissian told the attendees. “While I am incredibly excited about moving forward, I admit that it was a bittersweet moment. After all, over the course of nearly 40 years, it was where groundbreaking disability policy that now helps hundreds of thousands of people living with I/DD was developed. Our partners, our stakeholders, our constituents, our chapters, our constituent families held countless meetings and advocacy trainings there.”
“Unfortunately, the original building was not aging gracefully,” he said to chuckles and nods. “It became very clear that we needed to have the capacity to serve our mission and constituency. We are looking forward to being able to welcome stakeholders within the disability community; to host legislators and donors; and to serve as a model. I also believe that fulfilling this goal proves that The Arc of Massachusetts has had a successful tenure. It signals a continuation of our work for decades to come and that we will continue to be here for the people who need us most.”
Leo went on to say that he anticipates that the next several years are going to be very challenging for advancing disability policy and having the capacity to meet those challenges will be very important.
The generosity and foresight of our donors has gotten us to this point. “I am delighted to announce that individuals, our 18 chapters, agencies, and foundations have supported this effort with gifts and commitments totaling more than $1.2 million!” announced Board President Tracy Atkinson. “It is incredible to see such support for the Home for the Future Capital Campaign from the people in this room and many others. On behalf of The Arc of Massachusetts, I am deeply grateful to all of our donors for making the new headquarters a reality.”
Long-time supporters and advocates at Almost Home included Board President Tracy Atkinson and her husband John; Dick and Edith Frye; Evelyn Hausslein; Jim Lawson, his wife Regina, and son Andrew; Sean Morrissey; John and Susan Nadworny; Pat Pakos; Frank Sally; Donald Stewart; and Dan Sullivan. Bill Sprague, President & CEO of Bay Cove Human Services, one of the Campaign’s generous supporters, also attended.
The Arc’s chapters, which have long understood the need for a new building, have been incredibly supportive of the Campaign. Representatives from The Arc’s chapters, including Jo Ann Simons of Northeast Arc, Luis and Kim Bachman from The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport; and Roz Rubin and Joanne Raymond of Greater Waltham Arc celebrated the progress.
You can be a part of this new chapter for The Arc of Massachusetts by giving to the campaign for a new headquarters. Please visit arcmass.org/campaign to learn more. You can also contact Katrin Aback, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-891-6270 x6105 to discuss giving opportu