United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties 2018 Community Impact Grant awarded The Arc of the Emerald Coast $50,000 for their transportation program.  United Way Board of Directors, members of The Arc Board of Directors and The Arc Beneficiaries gathered January 17, 2019, to celebrate the arrival of this new van, a 10-passenger handicapped accessible with wheelchair lift and two wheel chair spaces. The van  replaces one of the declining vehicles in The Arc’s 16-vehicle fleet and went into use the day it arrived for transportation of 5 adults with intellectual disabilities living in a new 6-person group home in Crestview. The van serves as the sole transportation for The Arc clients, with daily rides to and from The Arc’s Ft Walton Beach Adult Day Training Facility, and including all day-to-day transportation needs, outings and hurricane evacuation.

“We are tremendously proud of the volunteer panels that evaluated The Arc’s application and United Way Board of Directors who ultimately approved the grant that funded this vehicle.  The Arc of the Emerald Coast is a valued United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties community partner and we appreciate the services this organization provides to our community!” stated Rick Owen, United Way CEO.