“Deal or No Deal” Virtual Game Connects Arc Residents

July 29th, 2021

The residents of the Arc of Essex County’s 27 group homes flexed their negotiation skills and their luck in a “Deal or No Deal” virtual game show collaboratively run by the Community and Day Services departments this spring. The competition took place in a bracket format over several weeks, culminating in the final round in June, with Terrace and Belmont group homes and Maplewood Apartment Program emerging as the winners.

The teams battled it out by each selecting from a board of suitcases and then deciding whether to make a deal with “banker” Director of Community Services Maureen Murray, choosing whether to stick with their chosen mystery case or opt for a known prize amount. Helped along by event host Hasan Atkinson, The Arc of Essex County’s Operations Manager, sometimes the team would work together to make the decision, and sometimes one player would make the call for the entire residence team. The game took place over Zoom and often included other members of the Arc of Essex County community who logged on as audience members. The activity allowed residents to interact with people in houses whom they hadn’t seen in months, which led to a lot of socializing throughout.

All of the participants received medals, and those on the winning teams were given special medals and a pizza party.

Deal or No Deal followed a similar format to the Family Feud virtual game earlier this year. Community Services is currently planning for their next game show to take place in September.

The Arc of Essex County is committed to providing dynamic services and supports by leveraging technology and practicing social distancing.  Our full virtual programming calendars are available online at www.arcessex.org/virtual.

If your loved one is interested in joining our Day Program activities, contact Director of Adult Day Services Angela LoSapio at alosapio@arcessex.org.  For Adult Recreation & Respite virtual gatherings, contact Director of Community Services Maureen Murray at mmurray@arcessex.org.