Arc of Platte County
Category: Health

Your donation will go toward:
Project Guardian Angel

Organization Profile

The Arc of Platte County has been providing advocacy, support and resources to thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 25 years. The Arc strives to be a leader in the development and continuation of services and supports so that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as other community members. 

The Arc of Platte County is a Chapter of The Arc of Nebraska which is part of The Arc of the United States.
All Chapters are financially responsible for themselves, contributing to their State and National Organizations.

Our Mission

The Arc of Platte County is committed to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities secure the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play.

This is achieved through educational assistance, respite, and producing continuous information concerning disabilities and the laws that effect the efforts of "inclusion.”

Project Description

Project Guardian Angel (PGA) is a program that we co-sponsor with the Columbus Police Department to help ensure the safety of individuals of all ages with disabilities within the community. The individuals this program serves include intellectual & developmental disabilities, dementia, Alzheimer’s, hearing & visually impaired, seizure disorders, etc. The safety of all individuals in our community is very important. PGA offers that extra layer of safety for those individuals who may not be able to communicate their needs during an emergency situation.

 While the current program is functional, we feel the program and the individuals it serves could benefit greatly from some updated technology and improvements to the current system. We would also like to promote this program more and grow the database.  We are seeking funds to:

· Provide financial assistance to obtain identification items that link the individual with their file at the police station (ID bracelets, cards, stickers, decals, etc.). 

· Provide financial assistance for GPS tracking devices for those that wander or run (these often have monthly fees besides the cost of purchasing the device)

· Provide training to First Responders (police, fire, ambulance) in how to handle emergency situations with individuals with special needs

· Update forms & pamphlets and get them printed (also translated to spanish)

· Presentation materials

· Camera for ID pictures

· Promotion of the program