Programs and Resources for Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam Counties.

The Arc in Kitsap

Kitsap County Questions? Call: 360.979.3352
Program
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The Arc of the Peninsulas in Kitsap (The Arc in Kitsap), provides the following programs at our Bremerton-based branch:

 

Advocacy

The Arc communicates with local, state, and national lawmakers so they can make informed decisions regarding the well-being of Washington’s citizens with developmental disabilities. The Arc works diligently to preserve fundamental human rights and to assure that necessary programs and services are available.

Through individual, group, and systems advocacy, The Arc promotes opportunities for living, learning, playing, and working in the community. Read the latest The Arc United States governmental affairs information and Washington State political affairs information to stay informed on issues of concern. See The Arc of Washington State website for information.

Community Engagement & Inclusion

Services are designed to develop creative, flexible, and supportive community resources and relationships. This service helps connect individuals to resources in their community and supports them to participate, engage, and integrate into the community. This service is available in the Individual and Family Services, Basic Plus and Core waivers. 

 

Friday Night Social (The Dance)

“The Dance” is one of The Arc’s most popular program since 1978 and strives to increase social skills, meaningful participation, and self-determination, all in a recreational opportunity. It is an evening where the community comes together in a safe environment to have fun, meet friends, and of course, dance.

 

The dance is most Friday nights from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Adults 18 years and older only. 

Lifelong Learning & Empowerment Trainings

Training's include our award winning Healthy Relationships an 8-week Healthy Relationships Program to participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We are addressing an unmet educational need: what makes ANY relationship healthy or unhealthy.

Education about healthy relationships gives participants practical information to help them establish and respect boundaries.  This program teaches participants the concepts of respect, choice, and trust as well as details on identifying and reporting abuse.  Our curriculum is based on the inherent value and worth we each possess as human beings. 

The Healthy Relationship Program is provided free of charge to participants, and we provide all materials and all instruction.  Healthy Relationships is an 8-week, hour-long program offered once a week.

Specialized Habilitation

Specialized Habilitation support can help individuals enhance their well-being, create healthy relationships, navigate challenges, and improve their overall quality of life. Specialized Habilitation helps people learn or maintain a range of life skills in any of the following categories: ​

  • Self Advocacy  

  • Safety Awareness

  • Self Empowerment

  • Learning New Skills

  • Managing Daily Tasks

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Effective Social Communication

  • Coping Strategies for Everyday Life Challenges

Eligibility

Specialized Habilitation is for anyone enrolled in the Individual and Family Services (IFS)*, Basic Plus, Children’s Intensive In-Home Behavior Support (CIIBS) or Core waiver (and not receiving residential habilitation services)

 

Representative Payee 

The Arc provides protective payee services to individuals who receive Social Security benefits. Our financial counselors are experienced professionals who work confidently with clients to help them meet their personal and financial goals. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those receiving Social Security benefits achieve greater financial stability and independence with support from The Arc's Representative Payee Services. Our trained financial counselors provide personal assistance to help clients manage their monthly income, pay bills, stay on budget, and avoid predatory lending and financial exploitation.

Kitsap & Jefferson Counties Parent to Parent

For parents, supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) can be challenging. Talking to someone who has traveled a similar road can be tremendously helpful.

 

In Washington, about 70% of people with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) live at home with a parent or family caregiver. Supporting an individual with I/DD comes with many responsibilities and some challenges along the way. The Arc of the Peninsulas' family support programs can help parents and family caregivers develop resiliency, connect to services, and plan for the future. 
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Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues.

 

Stephens Neighborhood (an Advisory Group of The Arc)

Stephens Neighborhood is a grassroots gathering of people in North Kitsap who love kids and are concerned about helping Special Needs young adults have full and rewarding lives.

 

Our schools do a great job, but we—as a community—need to step in to continue this vital process when these young people “age out” of the educational system. This is not a parents-only organization. To be effective it requires the talent and commitment of many members of the neighborhood who simply care. There are numerous ways to volunteer.

 

Stephens Neighborhood, which consists of North Kitsap area parents, educators and other interested community members, started a conversation regarding the needs for services in North Kitsap.

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Jennifer Strong

Program Manager

Ph: 360.979.3352

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Kimberly Adams

Parent to Parent Coordinator

Ph: 360.516.8276

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Alfredo Forbes

Community Inclusion Specialist 

Ph: 360.516.7750

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Additional Resources:

The Arc in Kitsap

3243 N. Perry Avenue

Bremerton, WA 98310

Phone: 360.377.3473