Executive Director Annual Report

Stan Keepes



As another year flies by, it is interesting to step back and reflect on the progress and continued opportunities for the people that we serve at The Arc Southwest Indiana.  It is easy to get caught up in the chaos of the prolonged pandemic and all of the challenges it has presented.  However, setting that aside, watching staff step up, feeling overwhelming support from the community and our partners, and seeing those we serve constantly seizing opportunities to live happy, fulfilled lives helped keep the “distractions” at bay. 

Maybe the biggest story of 2021 for The Arc Southwest Indiana was the full closure of our sheltered workshop.  The workshop at Pike had closed in 2018, but those who were still interested in work joined the Gibson crew for daily work through the Berry Global partnership.  However, in September, and under mounting pressure to move away from  sub-minimum wage work, we fully closed the workshop.  This move will further prioritize competitive employment for those we serve and raise the bar to employment for people with disabilities. 

We continue to be grateful for the financial support we have received throughout the pandemic.  The personal protective equipment that has been required since 2020 has been more expensive than could have been predicted.  We are also grateful to our partners, The Arc of Indiana and INARF, who worked diligently on our behalf to secure rate increases for services, helped with sustainability grants for providers and offered consistent guidance and analysis that have been critical. 

Finally, thank you to our Board of Directors for their continued support and guidance and congratulations to our staff, who earlier this year, were rewarded a three year accreditation by CARF.

Stan Keepes
Executive Director