Faith Covenant Church of God hosted the Arc of Jackson County’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Tuesday.
Nearly 100 guests entered the fellowship hall of Faith Covenant to fellowship and eat lunch together. This luncheon is just one of the many services the Arc of Jackson County provides.
The primary goal of this program is to provide quality training, habilitation and other services for adults with cognitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
“Our church thrift store heads everything up on the church’s side,” said Brett Hogland, the Pastor at Faith Covenant. “They do this every year as a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for the Arc just to show our appreciation to them. We just made this an annual thing. The Arc always seems to enjoy coming, and of course we appreciate all the workers who minister to people there. This is one of the biggest events we look forward to all year.”
The Arc is separate from Faith Covenant, but does not stop them from banding together this time each year.
“The Arc is a type of public organization, but we at Faith Covenant invite them to this dinner, and partner and celebrate with them,” he said. “From the Arc we have about 100 people come. Then, as far as people from Faith Covenant, we probably have around 50 come in and serve and volunteer.”
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and an elf helper named Sneezy also came to visit Arc guests while they enjoyed their meal.
The Cumberland Mountain Boys provided musical entertainment, as well.
Services provided on site at the Arc of Jackson County include a Senior’s program for people age 55 and older. This includes lunch at the Jackson County Nutrition Center twice a week in addition to age appropriate activities on site. Areas of training provided on site are hygiene, social skills, health improvement through various exercise opportunities, money management domestic skills and employment readiness skills.
Program that are operated in the community are a community inclusion and volunteer program, according to a press release. The community inclusion program allows individuals to go to different places in the community in groups of three or less. The trips may include shopping, going out to eat, taking care of personal business and other activities. Volunteer work is provided by individuals at different places in the community. Some of the places include the Jackson County Courthouse, The Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, TNT Thrift Store, CASA, First United Methodist Church food pantry and others.
The Arc also provides support to individuals who wish to pursue employment by providing a job coaching and ongoing on the job support. The Arc also has five walk-on vans that have morning and afternoon routes that cover the entire Jackson County area.
The Arc of Jackson County is located at 180 Mack Morris Drive in Scottsboro, and can be reached at 256-259-1603.