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October 2022

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Would you like to learn how to express your commitment to the goals of The Arc of Fort Bend County? You could do this through a planned gift. Once you have provided for loved ones in your will, you may want to include a gift of money, stock or property to The Arc. Your gift will be a lasting tribute to your concern for the advocacy, services and programs The Arc provides, while guaranteeing our long-term future.

Did you know that annually, individuals 70.5 and older can transfer up to $100,000 as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from their traditional IRA* to a qualified charity such as The Arc of Fort Bend County?

Laura LaVigne,


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Kathy Bautista

C & M Favre Foundation

Paul Horak

Fang Huang

Cindy McCauley

PreActive IT

Jennifer Medina-Sullivan

Terry Pelz

Donald Ries

Selesky Pest Control

Mary Stephney-Quinby

Suburban Houston-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sustaita Architects

Bettie & Billy Wooten

Tricia Yurcak

Chari, Logan & Jon Michael Burt

Katrina & Keshawn Davis

Sherene & Taylor Dawson

Jennifer & Jairen Dupas and Josiah Dupas-Shaw

Oldouz Jafari & Amitis Shahidi

John, Tracey & Ian Kent

Carlos & Jason Melendez

Bernadine Miller & Christopher Wright

Mahmood & Amnah Mohammed

Donna Parker & Mariah Vasquez

Robert & Cristina Rodriguez

Mike Rollinson

Richard Stolleis

Michele Rochele & Gracia Thompkins and Kevin Tatum

Maleree Tunson & Darryl Carter

Lakeesha & Keeshaun Watkins

Gather all your smiles in one frame and get a photo to remember at

Best in the West!

Dear Members and Friends of The Arc,

I’m reaching out to you in hopes that you might consider an easy way to support The Arc!  

We need baked/homemade desserts ~ to fill The Arc's Dessert Corral at the “Best in the West” on November 19, 2022! Cakes, pies, brownies, kolaches, cookies, cobblers, candy ~ whatever you decide! 

You choose the best way to deliver your goodies:

1.    Bring them to The Arc office on Friday, November 18 between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, and we will transport them to the event.


2.    Bring them to the George Ranch Arena Saturday, November 19, between 9:00 am – 11:00 am.


3.    Bring them to the George Ranch Arena Saturday evening when you arrive to attend the event.


Please let Pam Hollaway know you will be donating a dessert by emailing her at: or if you have any questions: Call The Arc 281-494-5959. 


And also, consider attending our biggest fundraiser – the one that helps fund all of the programs and activities we offer- Special Olympics, Bowling, Social Rec, Education Advocacy, Teen/Tween Social, Information & Referral. You can purchase tickets at the door, or click: 

Thank you, so much for your support! 

Laura LaVigne, CEO

Time is running out ! Buy your tickets here!

The 44th Annual Best in the West is only a few weeks away! Are you ready? There will be dancing, music, auctions, food, raffles, desserts and so much more- all supporting The Arc of Fort Bend!

If you'd like to reserve a sponsorship or table,

please contact The Arc at 281/494-5959.

Send an email to The Arc!

Interested in winning this awesome golf cart while supporting The Arc of Fort Bend? 

Purchase your tickets now before they are all  gone! The lucky winner will be announced at Best in the West on November 19th! 

$20 each or 6 for $100

Scan our QR Code from your phone to go directly to our Raffle page or to purchase your raffle tickets online click below:


Moms of Kids with Autism 

A Support Group for Parents of Kids with Autism

and other IDD's

Next Meeting November 14!

Moms of Kids with Autism and Other IDD's (M.O.K.A.) meets once a month year-round. For more information on dates and location, please contact Ashley Bennett at 832-660-5931 or or join the

Facebook group: “MOKA sugar land”

Register here for the November 4 event!

Missouri City Parks and Recreation

is offering "Adapted Recreation". Pictured below is Ethan Brown learning archery. 

Click the link to learn more and register:

Missouri City Parks and Recreation is also a great partner for our Special Olympics Tennis program.  

Thank you for letting us practice at your facility!

Siblings Connect for Fun & Support

By Karri Axtell

Teen Sibling Connection Group:

Wanna chat? What’s the low-down? These teen siblings really know how to have a great time while building each other up!  

Pictured above from left to right: Suhani Goswami, Riya Bhalesha, Zaima Chowdhury, Rachel Lee and Brooklyn Scott.

When 16 year old Riyah Bhalesha attended the April, 2022 Adult Sibling Connection get-together, I knew we needed to expand the sibling support group to meet the needs of teens! In June, 2022 a group of three teens gathered on Zoom to discuss connecting with others who get what it’s like to have a brother or sister with an intellectual or developmental disability.  Having a sibling with a disability can be tough and it’s nice to know others who can relate to the joys and challenges. The teens wanted a time and place just for them to have fun and de-stress. And so, the Teen Sibling Connection group was born!  

Teen Sibling Connection offers peer support to Fort Bend County neuro-typical high school teens age 13 – 19 in a fun, recreational environment. On September 16, 2022, the group had their very first in-person social at the youth lounge at Christ Church Sugar Land. * The group of five hit it off right away & spent the next two hours getting to know each other. The teen sibling group is busy planning its next event, so stay tuned!

* Christ Church Sugar Land and its special needs ministry has been a huge supporter of The Arc’s Teen/Tween Social and Parent Night Out since 2018, and now the Teen Sibling Connection group. Christ Church Sugar Land’s special needs ministry "iBelong Ministry – Exceptional Love for Exceptional People". or Pastor Michelle Hall at

Adult Sibling Connection Group

The Adult Sibling Connection group blasted off with an out-of-this-world trip to see the Space Cowboys on Saturday September 24th!  These siblings and their supportive spouses enjoyed watching the game, getting to know each other and sharing some helpful information. The guys also bonded over the college football games playing on TV! 

Pictured left to right are Jordan & Katy DeBeer, Stephen Danielson & Candace Cowdery, Megan Boler, Space Cowboy mascot Orbit, Mike & Megan Neely and Program Director, Karri Axtell. 

The Arc’s Adult Sibling Connection group has come a long way since it was formed in late 2019. It’s first bi-annual social event was scheduled for April, 2020. But, the COVID-19 pandemic would not deter this group! The Adult Sibling Connection held all of its first social events on Zoom - so all could still connect, share their stories and offer each other support. 

Since 2021, the group has meet in-person each spring and fall at different restaurants and venues around Fort Bend County. Thanks to EE Reed Construction’s* generous donation of suite tickets to see the Space Cowboys, the Adult Sibling Connection’s fall 2022 meet-up was a Grand-Slam! (* EE Reed Construction LP has been a long-time supporter of The Arc of Fort Bend and our programs. For more information about EE Reed visit

The Adult Sibling Connection group is eager to meet more fellow sibling caregivers around Fort Bend County. We invite you to join us in April, 2023 for the next in-person meet-up! (More details coming early next year.)

Adult Sibling Connection is a group of neuro-typical adults (18+) who have a brother or sister with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) seeking support and connection with other sibling caregivers. 

The group meets in-person twice a year (spring & fall) and shares resources throughout the year on a Facebook Group Page:

Peer Support for Siblings of People

With IDD

Teen siblings grow up with the expectation that they are the "mature" one, taking on increased responsibilities and at times, disappointments as their parents struggle to meet the needs of their child with a disability. 

Adult siblings are the next generation of caregivers who juggle caregiving responsibilities for their own children, their aging parents, and their sibling with a disability. That’s why they are known as the "Club Sandwich" generation.  There is a steep learning curve to navigate the system of support and services for people with IDD, BUT, The Arc is here to help! 

Join fellow siblings who understand the joy and challenge of having a brother or sister with IDD. Talk with others going through similar situations and share frustrations without judgment. 

We welcome you to join us at the next Teen or Adult Sibling Connection meet-up. For more information contact Program Director, Karri Axtell at: 281-494-5924

Nine Bocce players attended Fall Classics. The Arc extends a very special thank you to our head coach, Debbie Patton, for all her hard work in getting them ready.

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Visit The Arc of Fort Bend County

Facebook Page

for the latest tips, resources, community events, helpful videos and MORE.

The Arc's Programs for Adults with IDD:

Adult Social Recreation (22+ years old)

Special Olympics (22 + years old)

Saturday Bowling (22 + years old)

TwentySomethings (20-29 years old) 


If you would like to be added to the email list for all of the adult programs, a membership is required as well as registration with one of the adult programs. You can join The Arc of Fort Bend County online at

RSVP's are mandatory for all events.

Who to Contact:

Contact Nancy Dobert at or 281-494-5926 for a registration packet and more information on the requirements for the Adult Social Recreation program and if interested in the Saturday Bowling Program at Bowlero Stafford.

If interested in joining Special Olympics or the TwentySomethings group, contact Pam Hollaway at or 281-494-5928.

Adult Social Recreation

October In-person events:

Filipino Street Festival 

Saturday, October 22

RSVP Required

Contact Nancy Dobert if you would like registration information for the Adult Social rec program.  

Monster Jam

Saturday, October 22

Tickets are limited and first come/first served.

Contact Nancy Dobert if you would like registration information for the Adult Social rec program.  

Adult Social Bowling

Bowlero Stafford Lanes

(Formerly AMF Stafford Lanes)

4919 South Main

Stafford, TX 77477 

October 1,8,15,22 & 29

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

RSVP REQUIRED to Nancy Dobert!

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If any athlete's medical form has expired (3 years after submission date), please go to the link below and have one completed by your doctor's office. Return the medical form to

Pam Hollaway at The Arc's office: 123 Brooks St., Sugar Land, TX 77478.

Athlete Medical Form

November 12

Volleyball Area Competition

Houston, Tx

Contact Pam Holloway at for more information.

The Arc of Fort Bend County

123 Brooks St

Sugar Land, TX 77478

Phone: 281-494-5959

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