We hope you and all your family are safe and healthy. What are you doing today to bolster your spirits as well as others? There are a lot of opportunities that The ARK can share with you and also you can share with The ARK! We are in this together for the duration as each day is unknown. Please let us know if you need anything from us or if we can help you or anyone you know. We are hoping, too, like everyone else to be open soon keeping in mind that safety is paramount.
As one of our most committed and concerned supporters, we are asking you for your input on what you like most about The ARK. What suggestions do you have to help us through these challenging times? What innovative services do you feel The ARK could develop to serve our community in the future?
many are saying, “these are crazy times”. Each day is a new normal. The ARK
staff are busier than ever, working harder to create new ways with fresh
content to keep our families and community engaged in activities. We are
encouraging everyone to stay active and engaged through all forms of outreach.
weekly e-newsletter is sent with ideas to stay active with exercise videos,
games/trivia, new recipes to try, and music videos that conjure up memories
from our past that make us move and smile. Training videos are shared with
caregivers and volunteers to help them cope with their “new normal” until they
can return to The ARK. All of this content is then shared on our website and
daily on our Facebook page. Please “like, comment and share” so we
can reach more people. Plus, our website has a lot of useful information, links
to these videos and news which is updated regularly.
monthly support groups have gone to a virtual format with a huge success as has
the Navigation Club program (our early memory loss group) each Friday. Each
session is lasting at least an hour or more. Daily calls to caregivers continue
to support and keep all of us updated on the families we serve.
of us are maintaining office time each day and some are working remotely with
weekly virtual staff meetings. Planning for a reopening is daunting and
challenging as we face the unknown of when and how to do so. We are diligently
working on those procedures now to be ready when it is appropriate to open the
most nonprofits are experiencing, we find ourselves facing a financial crisis
for an indefinite future that is unknown. With the receipt of a loan from the
Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) from the Small Business Administration, the next
few weeks’ expenses will be covered. This is good news for The ARK and has
helped with our immediate needs and maintains the incredible staff that is the
heart of our programs, events and community outreach. Also, several of our
respite families have made donations in lieu of the tuition payments they would
be paying if The ARK Club was open and functioning daily. This is a wonderful
gift and shows how they feel about the program. They are so appreciative and
can’t wait for the re-opening. The house is very quiet. We miss them and look
forward to the reopening as well.
what happens after the PPP funds are depleted the first of June and The ARK’s
revenue from tuition, events, donations, and grants are not being received?
Foundations and grantors are delaying their submission deadlines which in turn
leaves gaps in our cash flow and monthly budgetary needs. We fear that the
educational programs and workshops that have been scheduled, the delay in
reopening the 2 respite sites, the postponement of two scheduled Law Enforcement/First
Responder Trainings, re-scheduling of events such as health fairs and memory
screenings, fundraisers, and community outreach will suffer from this continued
shutdown as each day passes by.
far, we have been proactive in learning new technology to enable the
aforementioned services to continue, we are working on a strategic plan for
reopening with a modified plan, and structuring a financial roadmap to preserve
and protect the integrity of The ARK of SC’s reputation and history of service to
our Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia community.
are in this together! How can you be a partner with us to safeguard the future
of The ARK while we are all going through this critical time? We would
appreciate your input and accept all advice and guidance.
The ARK’s Giving Officer, Sheila Tucker, and I would sincerely like to have your support in whatever capacity you are able to partner with us. We are only a phone call, text or email away.
We will be forever grateful for your valuable input.
Please thoughtfully consider becoming a monthly donor [https://thearkofsc.charityproud.org/Donate] (check YES! I’d like to make my donation a recurring gift to The ARK). Support The ARK as little as $5 dollars a week, no donation is too small to make an impact at The ARK.
With your help, The ARK can continue to sustain the monthly expenses so we will be able to resume normal activities when this is over and The ARK members are able to return. This is a time we need your support.