Specially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC)

SPARC is a unique day program operating in local community centers for adults with disabilities. Adults with disabilities too often lack options to have an active role as full citizens in their community after graduating from the public school system. Adults with disabilities desire the same outcomes in life as people without disabilities. They want to work, enjoy friends, and give back to their community. SPARC provides a dynamic program in a community setting with the appropriate supports so people with disabilities can stay united with their families, connected within their neighborhoods, and enjoy their friendships. Our goal is to ensure all students with disabilities graduate to a ...
Jun 8, 2015

SPARC Participant Base is Growing!

Wheelchair decorating at SPARC
Wheelchair decorating at SPARC

We announced the great news in our last report that SPARC's third clubhouse facility would open soon. 

That dream is now a reality, and we are able to provide day support services for more than 30 adults with disabilities in Virginia. As SPARC expands its reach, we are still aware that there are hundreds of people who could use our services, and we would provide them if we could.

For now, we continue to grow at a responsible pace and to apply our unique and proprietary financial model that allows us to provide services at ratios approaching 1:1 in three locations with operations every weekday. That means that a SPARC participant can attend a club facility every single weekday if they want.

New partners allow us to offer new programs like 10 week sessions of social or vocational classses at a fraction of the price others pay. And SPARC recipients engage in their community in the way they choose. Some people choose lifelong learning opportuities because who really ever grows tired of learing new things? Many participants work with outreach of their own by doing things like helping a local food pantry create bags for individual use.

And everyone loves music and art therapy. 

You can help us continue to offer new programs and scholarhips to adults who are living on a fixed income and wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to participate even at our greatly reduced fees of only $400 per month. 

Giving $100 provides a week of SPARC participation for someone who might not be able to attend. You can also sponsor smaller amounts and provide art supplies as well as contribute to the general scholarship fund that goes to people who need it most.

With your help, we opened our third facility this year. With your contiuing help, we can ensure that people who graduate from high school don't graduate to the couch as our Executive Director often says. Instead, participants get to visit their community every weekday, learn new things, help others, work in creative arts, and engage in socialization.

We can't think of anything we would rather be doing than helping our friends do all of those and more. Please help us today so we can continue to reach out to adults with disabilities who might otherwise be stranded at home.

Creative work during Art Therapy
Creative work during Art Therapy
Feb 9, 2015

Our Third Club Opens This Month!

Together we've made a real difference among adults with disabilities in Virginia.

SPARC's third facility opens this month in Fairfax, Virginia. We're especially blessed because professionals throughout the human services field talk about our unique financial model and unwavering compromise on providing top support. 

We don't believe in parking people near a couch to watch television nor farming them out to provide basic labor. When adults begin visiting SPARC, they have the option of attending life skills or vocational classes or participating in our unique Circuit Train Your Brain program. Our friends also enjoy music and art therapy as well as a dizzying array of trips.

Did you know we even do outreach of our own? That's right. We help a local church portion out large packages of food for its food pantry. More than 100 hungry people pass through that church every year, and it was only with our help that the church was able to start providing fresh fruit and vegetables with the shelf-stable and dried foods like pasta and rice.

We make a difference in our communities because SPARC believes that everyone should be able to participate in their community's activities. There are always ways to adapt.  

Thank you so much for your help with this project. We're not slowing down either. As we add more people to our participants list, we are starting a scholarship fund at Global Giving. Please become a regular donor though. Our expenses are incredibly lean. Almost everything do is using donated or wholesale services. We have some labor and other administration expenses, but they are well below those you see from organizations our size. That means that your gift goes to support the program, which is how things should be.

Nov 6, 2014

New Opportunities for our Members

We have had a VERY busy time at SPARC that has created some fabulous opportunities for our participants.

Our big news is that we will soon be able to increase our membership by 50% through some timely grants work and a change in our structure that now charges a relatively minor fee for club members.  

SPARC is open four hours every weekday in at least one of two locations. We have also partnered with JSSA, the Jewish Social Services Agency in Fairfax, Virginia to allow our club members to attend life skills and training classes at no additional charge.

Our fee remains only $400 per month, or only $5 an hour. Since JSSA classes can cost several hundred dollar seach, our club members continue to have the most cost-effective adult day services in a unique financial model. We know that any fee is tough for some families and have introduced a new scholarship program.

Donations to SPARC this month will go to that scholarship program so we can reach out to members and their families in months when they have financial need and keep them engaged in their community by visiting SPARC.

These scholarships are funded from a very lean budget so we need your help to create an opportunity for people with financial and disability burdens. Any amount helps to defray our costs in helping dozens of local residents be a vital part of their community by enabling them through education, skill training and community.

Please donate now, and stay tuned for news about our new facility that will allow us to help even more people!

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