Thursday, February 26, 2009

Put on Love - The Bond of Perfection

What does your day usually bring... joy and happiness or stress and worry?

Through working with students with developmental disabilities, and through being with our Arc of Katy "kids", I have learned that attitude is a choice. Yep, you choose the type of day you are having, so if you are not enjoying what's going on...the good news is that you can change it. Hoorray!
In the Bible - Colossians 3:14-15, Paul and Timothy who were disciples of Jesus, write to another church telling them how to live their new lives as believers in Christ. They tell them this: "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful."

I don't know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I do know that regardless of what you believe...when you really "put on love" you will experience a wonderful phenomenon. That love will in turn grow and return to you flowing over beyond measure.
If you would like to experience that kind of love, visit The Arc of Katy Day Camp or become a volunteer. The Arc of Katy "kids" can teach you that kind of love because they have already perfected it. They "get it"! They accept everyone, love everyone, and live a full life rich in joy and happiness. Try it, you'll like it!

To sign up as a volunteer for The Arc of Katy, please e-mail Cheryl Crozier: . To schedule a visit to the Arc of Katy Day Camp, please e-mail Rhonda Johnstone: .

Saturday, February 21, 2009

2009 Mardi Gras Gala benefitting Arc of Katy

Well, what can I say... A great time was had by all who attended The Club at Falcon Point's 3rd annual Charity Gala...The Arc of Katy Mardi Gras Gala. Special thanks to Melissa Spalding from Fox Channel 26 news for being there and speaking on behalf of The Arc of Katy! The Mardi Gras Gala was the place to be! It was so fun to see so many happy faces. If you missed it, it is a must for next year! I will write more later and post more pictures, but wanted to at least post what I have so far. Thanks to all who came and supported The Arc of Katy last night! Your support and your prayers on behalf of The Arc mean so much to us! I think you could tell from the smiles on the Arc "kids" faces, that your support means a lot to them as well.

By participating in this event, I hope you realize that you are planting seeds for the future, and the future looks bright! As Rhonda Johnstone said last night, "When God and the Katy Community come together for something good.... great things happen!
Will write more soon!

Monday, February 16, 2009

From a Parent's Perspective

As a Special Education teacher for 26 years, and a charter member of The Arc of Katy for nearly 20 years, I have had the pleasure and blessing of knowing many families of adloescents and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Through all the years, many of these folks have become like "family" to me. One such family is the family of Megan Scholfield, a former student of mine, and someone I am honored and blessed to call my friend. Megan participates in The Arc of Katy's Adult Activity Day Camp and is also employed by Fazoli's one day a week.

Megan's mother, Jane Dooley, shares her testimonial about The Arc of Katy below:

I have had the distinct pleasure of watching The Arc of Katy grow from a small group of parents to a true community of family, friends and professionals all with the common interest for individuals who are mentally challenged. The growth of The Arc has fortunately coincided with the needs of my daughter which has been a tremendous benefit to her personal growth and to the reduction of my stress level. As a parent, I realized a long time ago that raising my daughter could not be done by her father and me alone--we needed help. The ARC of Katy has provided that help with a variety of programs and by introducing us to others who have had the same issues or who know someone who knows someone who can help.
Having a child with special needs is like being in a fraternity you didn't elect to join. I am very happy and proud to be a part of the fraternity/community that is The Arc of Katy.
-- Jane Dooley, mother of Megan Scholfield.

Have a great week,
Amy Campbell

P.S. Do not forget about the Mardi Gras Gala benefitting The Arc of Katy this coming Friday night February 20th at The Club at Falcon Point in Katy. Doors open at 7:00pm. All reservations must be received by noon Tuesday, February 17th. For reservations, please contact Cheryl Crozier at 713-448-0852 or .

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Arc goes to Katy Chamber Gala 2009

Fun was had by all who attended The Katy Chamber of Commerce Gala 2009 this past Friday night at the Safari Club. The Arc of Katy was represented at the Gala by 10 of its members who happily volunteered as greeters as the many guests arrived to the Gala. Everyone enjoyed looking and bidding on all the fabulous silent auction items. Dinner was wonderful and the crowd enjoyed the live auction as Katy's own Glen Beckendorf called on the them for bids. The Arc of Katy donated a platter that was made by participants of the Arc's Adult Day Activity Camp, and all were pleased as the bids kept coming! La Centerra was the high bidder on the platter with a bid of $1,700.00!
Great music and dancing followed after the auction and our Arc of Katy group got in on the action!
A fun evening was had by all who attended!
:) Don't forget -

To purchase individual tickets or a table for 8, please contact Cheryl Crozier - or call The Club at Falcon Point, (281) 392-7888 or e-mail Lisa Bechtold - .

Want to help?
If you are unable to come, but would wish to donate, please use the "donate" button on the upper right of this page. If you would rather send a check, you may mail it to: The Arc of Katy, P.O. Box 6133, Katy, Texas 77491.

Thank you for reading our blog and for supporting The Arc of Katy!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Are you ready to party?

While you are going about your daily business, many people are working diligently to put together a wonderful and festive Mardi Gras party for you and the Katy community.

On February 20th, you will not want to miss the party of the year! The Club at Falcon Point's annual charity Mardi Gras Gala benefitting The Arc of Katy has grown to be a most popular event.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Click here for TICKET INFORMATION.

You still have time to purchase your tickets, but tickets and tables are going fast, so you need to get yours as soon as possible. Remember, this is a charitable event, so your money will be going to a great cause, plus you get to have fun also!

If you are unable to come, but would wish to donate, please use the "donate" button on the right of this blog site. If you would rather send a check, you may mail it to: The Arc of Katy, P.O. Box 6133, Katy, Texas 77491.