In June of 2016 we launched our signature program: Open ARRC. Every Friday night from 8-11 pm the gym is open for young people (and old!) to play indoor soccer or basketball. The ARRC is a safe, sober setting for people, especially teenagers and young adults, to engage in healthy activities that foster a sense of community in our neighborhood. Open ARRC is about inclusion—everyone is welcome—and prevention—making healthy choices available which mitigate gang activity and substance abuse.
In May 2017, thanks to grants from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and the T.R. Eriksen Foundation, we were able to expand Open ARRC to include two Sundays per month (the second and fourth Sunday) from 12 – 4 pm. During Open ARRC Sundays both the gym AND the recreation center are open for families to come play ping pong, basketball, board games, or just connect with other people in the community to socialize and share resources. Come down to the ARRC and play, it’s free and fun for everyone!
One underserved group that benefits from a scholarship program set up by the ARRC Board of Directors is the ABC Day Program. They are adults with disabilities and their caregivers, who come weekly to the ARRC to participate in workshops and trainings, as well as fun activities like bingo that help with socialization skills. Each week a group of twenty or more of these individuals connect with other at the ARRC to learn and recreate. Support for the ABC scholarship fund comes from the George & Ruth Bradford Foundation.
Each May for the past two years, the ARRC has provided a scholarship to Ukiah’s GLAM group of LGBTQ teens to hold their own prom at the ARRC’s Beckstoffer gym. The 2017 GLAM prom was co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Northern California, which also provided a table with health information and support for the teens. Volunteers help the kids decorate the gym and hold a runway drag show. The ARRC Board of Directors feels that it is vital to provide a safe space and support to all members of our community. Thanks to Katherine Fengler at Mendocino County Department of Public Health for organizing this event. If you would like to help support LGBTQ teens in our community, contact ARRC Executive Director Julie McGovern at 707-462-8562.
When the Northern California chapter of Special Olympics needed a place for their athletes to practice, the ARRC welcomed them. These amazing athletes received a scholarship so that they could utilize the gym every Saturday morning for three hours. For the second season starting this January, Special Olympics comes to the ARRC to get ready for competition! If you would like to help support Special Olympics basketball, contact ARRC Executive Director Julie McGovern at 707-462-8562.
If you would like to help support these programs at the ARRC, contact ARRC Executive Director Julie McGovern at 707-462-8562.