I shop, volunteer and photograph too!

By Guest Blogger Team Emma & Grammy Debbie My name is Emma, and I like to take pictures. I have been shopping at Arc’s Value Village since I was a little girl, and I usually get my Halloween costume there – like this year. Now I am 13 years old and can shop by myself! […]

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A Thankful Thrifter

What are you thankful this year? I enjoyed four relaxing days off this Thanksgiving and had some time to reflect on everything that I am grateful for. Turns out it it’s not things, but people that bring me the most joy and gratitude. On that list, I am very grateful for my co-worker Duane! A […]

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The Magic of Determination

  Are You Determined? I’m what one might call “selectively determined.” I don’t always choose to exercise my strong sense of determination, but when I do – watch out. Things will happen. So when do I choose to be determined? I am NOT determined when it comes to physical activity. Me when running for longer […]

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The Gift of Misdiagnosis

Isn’t it funny how life can turn out? And isn’t it amazing how a challenge can turn into an amazing gift? ​ As I approach my 7th anniversary of my correct diagnosis, I can’t help but think about how much I have changed these past few years. I have forced myself to try so many […]

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Advocating for Human Rights

Katie McDermott, Advocate Associate:   I love my job! In 2011 I knew I wanted to work for The Arc. I knew that with all of my expertise in self-advocacy, my work helping others, and my experience giving presentations that this was something that I could do. I started working at The Arc Greater Twin […]

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Designed by Grace

 “Designed by Grace” is the inspiring story of a young local woman’s dream to become a fashion designer. With a little help from our personal shopper Michelle Raven and dressmaker Marina Shimelfarb, Grace’s sketches and dreams became real. Excerpt from Jana Shortal of KARE11 (follow them on Twitter @janashortal @kare11) here and links below: Kids […]

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What makes you different, makes you beautiful

As my preteen favorite boy band once said “What makes you different, makes you beautiful.” There are over 7 billion people on Earth today, and not one person is the same.  You are truly one of a kind.  Everyone has his or her own likes and dislikes, their own tastes, and their own styles.  We […]

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“My Dreams Have Come True”

“Mom, my dreams have all come true.” This is the statement my daughter Katlyn made after being a model for Arc’s Value Village Halloween Boo-tique (featured on Channel 12 and City Pages).  I still get emotional when I think about it, because I never thought I would hear those words from her.  When Katlyn was […]

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Meet Maggie: Living The Best Life

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. Maggie is the exact reason why The Arc is successful in its mission, and she is also the face of Arc’s Value Village […]

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Repurposing Cashmere Sweaters into Touques

Growing up in a very small town in northern Canada, a majority of our clothes came from the Sears catalogue. If you wanted something other than Sears couture, you had to make it yourself or drive four hours to the closest city. Fortunately, I came from long line of extremely talented knitters, sewers, and crafters. […]

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