The Arc of Stanly County

The Arc 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 organization does this through living the core values of people first, equity, community, self-determination, and diversity.

THE ARC OF STANLY COUNTY

What is The Arc?

The Arc is people – people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents and other family members, professionals, and friends of people with disabilities.

The Arc is a grassroots organization with 140,000 members who are affiliated through approximately 750 state and local chapters across the nation.

What is The Arc of Stanly County?

The Arc of Stanly County is a chapter of The Arc of NC and The Arc of the United States. It serves to carry out the work of the Arc in Stanly County, working to gain all citizens equal rights, respect, and the opportunity to live valued lives.

The Arc of Stanly County works to ensure that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Stanly County have the services and supports they need to grow, develop and live in their own community.

What is Advocacy?

To speak with someone regarding obtaining Academic Advocacy services, please call Jeanette Wilhelm at (704) 986-7234 or advocate@monarchnc.org.

Webster’s dictionary defines “advocate” as one who argues for, recommends, or supports a cause or policy. Advocates cannot always change problems nor create outcomes that a person with a disability or his/her family may want. However, an advocate can try to ease the burdens and pressures caused by the problems.

Listed below are some of the ways that The Arc of Stanly County advocates for people with disabilities and their families.

Witness:

Simply being there is often enough. “Being there” is not about acting for people with disabilities and their families, but about lending them authority. Even this passive support empowers people and makes them feel they can succeed.

Buffer:

Someone who helps absorb some of the pressures on the family by fielding or deflecting matters that might exacerbate their troubles or stress.

Voice:

Making sure people with disabilities and their families’ views are represented and their voices are heard.

Go-between:

Someone who helps facilitate and improve communication between the families and service providers.

Interpreter:

Someone who helps translate language and wording to aid in family’s understanding.

Listener:

Someone who helps people with disabilities and their families to not feel isolated by encouraging them to share feelings, worries and concerns.

Sleuth:

Someone who searches out information that will help people with disabilities and their families achieve positive outcomes.

Problem-solver:

Someone who helps people with disabilities and their families identify the choices they have and support them in their decisions.

Confidante:

Someone with whom private and confidential information can be safely shared in the sure knowledge that it will not be passed on or used against the family and/or the person supported.

Mentor:

Someone with whom private and confidential information can be safely shared in the sure knowledge that it will not be passed on or used against the family and/or the person supported.

Ally:

Someone who is unambiguously on the family’s side, prepared to stand by them, and whose actions are always consistent with this stance.

Become a Member

Membership in The Arc

By joining The Arc of Stanly, you become part of a network of more than 140,000 members and more than 700 affiliated chapters nationwide and you can be a part of the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As part of this network, you’ll be connected to others with and without disabilities who share your beliefs and your challenges. Self-advocates (an individual with I/DD), their family members, experts and professionals in the field and advocates and activists work together through The Arc to ensure than people with I/DD have the resources to meet their needs and live self-determined lives.

Join now as an individual, family or self-advocate or as a corporate or nonprofit, academic or government agency and help support the mission of The Arc to advocate for and serve people with I/DD and their families across their lifespan and across the country. To learn more about the benefits of Arc Membership, click here.

Please click here to download a membership form. Once you complete the form, please send to Janette Wilhelm at janette.wilhelm@monarchnc.org or fax (866) 735-1601.

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For questions about membership, please call (704) 986-7234 or email janette.wilhelm@monarchnc.org.

The Arc of Stanly County Advisory Committee

Appointed by the Monarch Board of Directors, the Arc Stanly Committee is charged with upholding the US Arc Bylaws and Affiliation agreement and to promote Advocacy, Public Education and Membership in Stanly County.

Committee members are actively engaged in advocacy at the local, state and national levels.

Advisory Committee Chair

Larry Hinson serves as chairperson of The Arc of Stanly County Advisory Committee and also serves as a member of the Policy Committee and Executive Committee for the Monarch Board of Directors.

A retired law enforcement veteran with a distinguished career at the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department, Larry, who has a degree in criminal justice, served as Past President of the North Carolina Retired Peace Officers Association. During his tenure with the department, he earned the prominent honor of Cabarrus County Officer of the Year.

Larry is a longtime advocate for people with disabilities. In addition to his role as chairperson for The Arc of Stanly County Advisory Committee, he serves on the Board of Directors for The Arc of North Carolina. He and his wife, Brenda, who is chairperson of the Monarch Board of Directors, regularly attends disability conferences in Washington, D.C. and the couple often attends national conventions as advocates for The Arc of the US.

“I have a strong desire to serve the Lord and believe in giving of myself to help others,” said Larry, whose grandson Matt is supported by Monarch. “I choose to volunteer for Monarch because my family has and continues to benefit from its mission.”

The Hinsons reside in Albemarle. They have a daughter and two grandchildren. A servant leader, Larry is currently chairman of the deacon committee at Canton Baptist Church, where he is Sunday School Teacher, choir member and serves on a variety of church committees.

Board Members
Gloria Bowers
Kevin Garrison
Joel Laster, Jr.