Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 September, 2016

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

Our Mission: The Arc New Mexico promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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Donate Now: https://www.arcnm.org/donate-online/

Randy Costales, Executive Director

2017 DRAD

Disability Rights Awareness Day will be held Thursday and Friday, February 23-24, 2017 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe.  Thursday events will take place at the Hotel and will include keynote and breakout sessions covering current legislative and policy issues. 

Friday events will take place in the Capitol and will include information booths, visits with legislators and a rally from 11:30am to 1:00pm.   The registration fee for individuals, family members and support staff for Thursday is $25 and includes a hotel room for attendees living outside of Santa Fe.  The registration fee for professionals is $60 and does not include a hotel room. There is no registration fee for Friday.

 On-line registration on The Arc website will be announced soon.

2017 Sprout Film Festival

The Arc of New Mexico's First Annual Sprout Film Festival will be held Friday, March 31 at the African American Performing Arts Center.  The event will feature a variety of short films about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and several artists with I/DD showing and selling their art. The event will also include short films developed by local film makers.

The Sprout Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is programmed and supported by Sprout; a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing innovative programming to individuals with I/DD.

The Sprout Film Festival’s mission is to inspire audiences, promote inclusion and support transformative filmmaking as an integral part of social change. This unique event, which focuses exclusively on films that celebrate the diverse lives and creativity of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), strives to challenge assumptions and breakdown stereotypes. By introducing powerful, thought-provoking films from around the world to new and ever-more inclusive audiences, we hope to promote greater acceptance, celebrate difference and light the spark to help make the invisible, visible.

The Arc Master Trust Program

Why Establish a Trust??

It is often difficult for individuals with disabilities to save money for extras or emergencies.  Individuals receiving government benefits such as Supplemental Security (SSI), Medicaid, Waiver Program and other government benefits are limited to $2,000 in resources which includes funds in a bank and/or savings account, stocks, bonds, etc. 

Establishing an Arc Trust accounts help individuals live their dreams and save funds for house, vacations, vehicles, entertainment, emergencies such as dental work and other extras to enhance their quality of life. 

Jennifer established a trust with the Arc of New Mexico about six years ago and began putting money on a monthly basis into her account for the purpose of putting a down payment on Condo in the Farmington area.

She was able to save just under $4000 and late last year purchased her dream home and is continuing saving so she will have funds for decorating her new home and go on a dream vacation.

Call the trust office 505.883.4630 or visit The Arc website www.arcm.org to learn more about Trusts.

Community Resources

The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy is an award winning American Sign Language (ASL) English charter school the offers high quality dual language education to deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students in an inclusive environment.  The program is the first and only state-certified ASL /English dual language program in the country.  For more information visit www.ASLAcademy.com.

Support The Arc!

Your supporters are getting ready to send their kids back to school. Remind them to do their back-to-school shopping at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Arc of New Mexico.

Use the following message and link below in social media, email, and on your website to tell your supporters about how they can help Arc of New Mexico when they shop for back-to-school supplies.

Support us when you shop for back-to-school items. #StartWithaSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0167508 and Amazon donates.

Other ways to give to The Arc:

Mail a check or make an on-line donation at https://www.arcnm.org/donate-now/

Make a United Way Contribution and designate The Arc

Donate stocks or bonds.  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Leave a bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the assets/property you may leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy for the work of The Arc.  Keep in mind that your gift can be for a specific amount, a percentage or some portion of the remainder (after family, relatives and friends have gotten their designated share).  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Set up a memorial gift for a loved one as a lasting tribute or to a family as an expression of sympathy.  Family and friends can be recognized with a gift in their honor.  This might be for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding, retirement, etc.

Donate gently used clothing, shoes and household items (Metro area).  For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up call 505-765-1975.