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 ...
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!

Aug 4, 2014

Help an Adult with Disabilities Interact Now

Art & Music Therapy Are Cornerstones of Our Work
Art & Music Therapy Are Cornerstones of Our Work

SPARC members need your help now for unforseen expenses that are making it difficult for them to attend our day program and participate in Circuit Train Your Brain(r),

We have begun charging the lowest amount possible to pay our bills while providing programs for young adults with disabilities. One might think the government takes care of these expxenses, but that's not the case for most people. In Virginia, where we are based, the waiting list for benefits is often ten years or longer.

That means that someone leaving high school has to wait until around age 30--or even longer--to begin receiving abt benefits. Until then, many stay at home, unable to engage with their community. Some can and do work, but it's often very hard for example, someone without the use of limbs who is also blind, to find employment.

Our member-friends are why we started SPARC. For years, people have worked without pay to help make ends meet. Even our few employees who are paid (including management) would have the option of free or reduced price school lunches because of the small amount they accept for their work.

We Need Your Ongoing Donation for Just One Hour A Month

We've done everything we can to slash costs while still providing appropriate and educational day programs. We got the price down to only $400 per month for someone to attend SPARC. We're trying to arrange scholarships now for people who need financial assistance in attending SPARC.

Please donate a recurring $10 each month to provide one hour of a scholarship.

You can change a person's life for the cost of a matinee movie or a couple of cups of fancy coffee. We'll always gladly create a full scholarship for you  and even name it in honor of your friends, loved ones or company. 

But we ask you today for that one hour that changes someone's life because every four people who do so create a full scholarship between them.  

Donate $10 today as a recurring gift and be part of that enriching environmnent.

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