BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: Wayne ARC

It’s not that he’s leaving the agency that serves, among other populations, people with developmental disabilities. It’s because where he sits will become part of Erie Shore Landing, a “street of shops” featuring a café and bakery, seasonal ice cream parlor, a worker training site, and a revamped print shop with additional services.

The project is part of Wayne ARC’s effort to provide greater employment opportunities for people with disabilities through a new model focused on integrated employment. Agencies like Wayne ARC nationwide are facing a phase-out of the traditional sheltered workshops, a setup that has provided the disabled jobs for decades.

Since then, ARC has secured roughly $650,000 in grants from the state and the Golisano Foundation. The project has gone out to bid.

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