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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- On March 31, 2012, Sun Up Center and Abilities Resource Center merged to become SunUp ARC. For the first time in the history of Indian River County, two nonprofit organizations with similar missions merged into one enhanced agency.
On April 4, 2013, SunUp ARC celebrated its one-year anniversary of the merger.
"The past year has definitely been an exciting one. Since the merger we have grown from 120 individuals to 180," said Chuck Bradley, executive director. "We have been able to expand and improve existing programs and create new ones. Thanks to a grant from the John's Island Foundation, last fall we were able to start a Youth Outreach Program for individuals age 15 to 22. Last summer the City of Vero Beach, the City of Sebastian and the Indian River County Commissioners all passed proclamations that the month of July be proclaimed Non-Profit Organizations Unite Month, in honor of The Sun Up Center and ARC merging to become SunUp ARC. We are very proud of what we have accomplished this past year."
The clients of SunUp ARC all agreed that the highlight of the day was getting to meet the Edden Family. Consisting of mom, dad and their seven children, they sang, danced, played a multitude of musical instruments and entertained to a full house. We sincerely thank them for volunteering their time to help make this a memorable day.
SunUp ARC operates on three campuses, two in Vero Beach and one in Sebastian.
SunUp ARC is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 agency, dedicated to meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities in Indian River County.
For more information, call (772) 562-6854, Ext. 219.