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Mission Moment: SOAR

This month’s mission moment focuses on participants from our SOAR ( Social Opportunities and Adult Recreation) program. The SOAR program began in 1985 as a program for senior adults with disabilities. Over the years the program has expanded to included all ages. Compared to other Arc Jacksonville programs, SOAR is slower paced and more social focused. Participants work on daily living skills, as well as enjoy community outings.  They connect with their peers and develop healthy and friendly relationships with one another. Meet this month’s featured SOAR participants: Theresa, Doug and Sharon.

Theresa Blandino

How long have you been a part of SOAR: Seven months.

What do you like about SOAR: I like the people.

What have you learned since being a part of SOAR: I have learned how to cook, how to respect others and safety.

What are some of your hobbies or interest: Cooking, karate and dancing.

How has SOAR helped to make your life better: I’m able to spend my days with my friends and that makes me happy!

Because of The Arc…I am happier.

Doug Griffin

How long have you been a part of SOAR: Almost 2 years

What do you like about SOAR: Bowling and shopping

What have you learned since being a part of SOAR: Safety when crossing the street.

What are some of your hobbies or interest: Darts, bowling, slot machines and spending time with my father on the weekends.

Because of The Arc…I get to go more places in the community.

Sharon Murray

How long have you been a part of SOAR: A little over a year

What do you like about SOAR: I get to do new things here.

What have you learned since being a part of SOAR:  I’ve learned how to cook and make crafts. Also, I’ve learned what to do in case of an emergency.

What are some of your hobbies or interest: Painting, watching movies and Elvis anything!

How has SOAR helped to make your life better:  I have somewhere to go during the day and I have lots of friends.

Because of The Arc…I get to spend time with my sister.