Tue, May 21

Let there be light
Y.E.S the Arc creates stained glass windows

The entrance to the Arts building at Y.E.S. the Arc in Cottonwood is getting new glass in the doors. This time the window will share the colors and hues of its many clients.

For 32 years, the organization has been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Services for children now come from the public schools, but those 18 and older call the Arc their home.

The campus uses the historic turn-of-last-century buildings constructed by United Verde Exploration mining company off Willard Street at Arizona 89A. The buildings originally housed an emergency hospital and administrative facilities for the mining operations and the nearby smelter.

Founder Penny Vigil bought a couple of the buildings by selling her own house years ago. Now the organization has acquired all the buildings in the complex and a major remodeling and restoration project is under way. The special windows will be installed in the Arc's Arts Creative Expressions (ACE) center to welcome the public.

Today the Arc serves the needs of 60 adults who are given education, vocational skills, friendship and expanded opportunities.

Annette Corbin, a stained glass artist, coordinates the glass making process for the clients. Her daughter is autistic and has enjoyed being a member of the Arc family.