Sat, July 20

Y.E.S. the Arc receives block grant

Among the many responsibilities of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is to distribute our tax money. One of the ways in which Yavapai County and other government organizations do that is through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Each year, various community service organizations apply to the county for grant funds in order to develop community enhancement projects that would otherwise not be built, and each year the CDBG that are approved statewide, are reviewed and awards are given to those deemed exceptional.

This year the Statewide CDBG Celebration Committee recognized Y.E.S. the Arc, Cottonwood’s day program provider for the developmentally disabled, for having the best project completed in 2002.

Y.E.S. the Arc Executive Director Penny Vigil originally asked for funding to complete a 15- by 24-foot patio at an estimated cost of $10,000. However, with the support of Phoenix Cement, Phelps & Sons, Henderson Masonry & Concrete, Lumbermens and United Metro, she was able to have built 15- by 30-foot covered patio and also complete a series of sidewalks connecting the two buildings they use and the patio.

Vigil, who has been with the organization for 29 years, 18 plus as the executive director, says this is just the beginning of a larger project to improve the entire courtyard area between their two buildings. The adults who attend the Arc use the patio for lunches, breaks, barbeques and parties.

Vigil credits Supervisor Chip Davis and the Board of Supervisors with helping attain the grant and making her aware of where there was money to be found.

Y.E.S. the Arc is a non-profit organization that currently serves 42 adult clients and has a staff of 52 to assist. Fifteen of the attendees in the program live at one of the five full time residences; the rest attend only the day program.

The day program includes instruction on individual living skills, such as money handling, hygiene and cooking classes, along with reading, writing, group recreation, relationship skills and job placement in the community. They also have an extensive art, music and dance program, and performed for the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 19 where Vigil was presented with the Community Development Award.

The award was originally presented to Supervisor Lorna Street at the National Community Development Week award banquet on April 24 in Chandler.