(Lafayette, La.) The Arc of Acadiana, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and protection of the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently broke ground on a new 12,000 square-foot facility on Eraste Landry Road in Lafayette. When completed in the spring of 2013, this new location will centralize all of Arc’s Lafayette Parish services in one location.
As a result of this new building and other recent additions, Arc will now be able to provide its full range of services to clients in Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes. Employment and waiver services, currently housed in Arc’s downtown office, will be relocated to the new facility. Residential services, including the recently purchased Trappey Home, along with Arc’s supported-living programs and in-home elderly care will also be managed from the new site.
In addition to centralizing all of Arc’s primary services, the new building will include health services for clients and Arc employees. Arc’s Director of Health Services, Mike Sonnier, will provide family practice care one to two days per week in Lafayette, and other days will rotate to Arc’s other facilities in Iota and Bossier City. Also new for Arc’s clients in Lafayette will be recreational activities, such as art and music therapy and sensory rooms.
“We’re very excited to have this new facility, which will allow us to offer our full range of services to clients in Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes,” said Kenny Patton, CEO of the Arc of Acadiana. “All the growth we’ve had lately–two successful privatizations of state-run facilities in two years, a new central office on Highway 90, and now this new building—it’s really about providing the best service we can to our clients and the community.”
The Arc of Acadiana, formerly The Arc of Iberia, is a chapter of The Arc, a national non-profit organization designed to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Partnering with these individuals and their families in our community, The Arc of Acadiana works to create a supportive local environment in which those whom they serve are given opportunities to make healthy, satisfying choices in their lives. For additional information visit www.arcofacadiana.org.