EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with The Arc of Evansville announced Tuesday that Arc Industries, a distribution facility that offers employment to people with disabilities, will remain open with the help of the community.
Back in July, the state of Indiana announced budget cuts that eliminated funding for community-based sheltered work, which meant that Arc Industries would have to close, and those they served would no longer have employment.
Officials say they lost $170,000 in July when state funding was drastically cut. Arc officials say that clients, families, staff and the community were notified of the imminent closure.
However, they say in the last couple of weeks, local businesses who wanted Arc Industries to stay open starting considering ways to help.
According to Arc officials, due to a community collaboration, the facility will be able to remain open.
“It has been a series of highs and lows, but we are thrilled,” says Deidra Conner, president of the The Arc of Evansville. “We are absolutely thrilled that our partners stepped up, and I hope others will remember Arc Industries as they are thinking about outsourcing doing packaging jobs or assembly jobs or things that our clients can do.”
The around 30-member staff received the big news in a private meeting last week.
“It was really thrilling last week to be able to pull everyone together and say, ‘we are going to keep going. We want you to keep going with us,'" says Conner. “It means so much for our clients and their families to know that they are working at a place where they can be productive, get a paycheck and continue to do what they love to do at Arc.”