Elmo Visits the Oakwood Group Home for Backyard Sing-a-long; Virtual Activities Continue

July 6th, 2020

On Sunday, July 5th, Sesame Street star, Elmo, visited the Oakwood Group Home for a special, socially distanced backyard sing-a-long.  A treat for the residents sponsored by one of their siblings, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the 40 minute show complete with music, dancing, and balloon animals.

Additionally, virtual programming continued throughout the month of July.  Virtual community inclusion and recreational programming continues to gain popularity, especially weekly game days, dance parties, and cooking classes.

“It [virtual programming] helps Qasim stay connected to his community of respite friends and instructors.  During these times of uncertainty, the Zoom sessions have been a constant in our lives and a blessing to Qas,” said Wanda Carswell-Harrell, Qasim’s mother.  “I love the fact that Qasim is at home and safe; and through the Zoom platform he is fully engaged and still has a lot of fun!  Outside of his room I can hear his laughter and participation in the groups -- thank you so much for creating this platform!”

If your loved one is interested in joining our Day Program classes, 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, and for more information about Children’s Services, contact Director of Children’s Services, Erika Zupkus at ezupkus@arcessex.org.

Would you or your school, business, or civic organization like to spread cheer to The Arc’s residents and frontline staff during this unprecedented time? Email The Arc’s Senior Director of Development and Communication, Heather Comstock, at hcomstock@arcessex.org to express your interest in getting involved and discuss ideas and agency needs.