Welcome to SpArc Services
At SpArc Services, our mission is to support people with disabilities by providing programs and services that encourage inclusion, independence, and personal achievement and provide services through programs designed to fit each individual and develop personal goals and milestones for growth.
The Cultural Arts Center fosters creativity, self-confidence, and community connections for adults with developmental disabilities through classes in the visual and performing arts, outings to cultural venues, and opportunities to collaborate with other artists and arts-based organizations. Local artists and educators teach program participants skills in ceramics, drawing, painting, theater, music and movement. People enrolled in the program also make connections to the Philadelphia arts community and beyond through a variety of exhibitions, projects, and partnerships.
Job Training, Employment Partners and Job Placement Services
Employment Partners administers a vocational evaluation and provides skills training, job placement and job coaching. Highly individualized plans are created and implemented for each person in the program with the definitive goal of finding long-term, independent, competitive community-integrated employment. Services are provided to adults with a wide range of disabilities, behavioral health issues, learning disabilities, visual issues, auditory issues at companies such as Shop Rite, PennDot, Walmart, Prime Flight Aviation and WaWa.
Services provided through our job training center give individuals the tools they need to build basic job skills and earn a paycheck. Through worksites at local businesses, participants are exposed to a variety of job duties and industries. Partnerships include Tasty Baking Company and Hanks Beverage Company.
Home and Community-Based Services provides assistance for people to achieve a more independent quality of life by providing access to their community in an exciting new way. Services provided include Respite, Companion, Habilitation and Community Inclusion. A customized action plan is created for each participant to ensure that every person is poised to reach his or her full potential.
SpArc Services to Receive Art-Reach Cultural Access Award
SpArc Services is honored to be recognized as the 2017 Member Agency award recipient in this year’s Art-Reach Cultural Access Awards! Other awardees include the Pennsylvania Ballet and Roger Ideishi.
Art-Reach works every day to expand cultural accessibility to traditionally underserved audiences in the Philadelphia area, something that SpArc Services understands and appreciates more than most. “Access to the arts is an important means of finding a greater connection to a larger community and to oneself,” said Linda Price, Director of the SpArc Services Cultural Arts program. “Many of the people in SpArc’s Cultural Arts program have experienced marginalization in many forms and have not have the opportunity for their voices to be heard.”
In a ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at FringeArts, representatives from SpArc Services will accept the award on behalf of all staff and participants that make the program such a success. “Through partnerships with organizations like Art-Reach, the program’s participants gain meaningful participation in a variety of cultural experiences to which they may not otherwise have access,” said Price. “Just as importantly, it provides a larger context and insight into how their artwork and performances can be part of a greater dialogue with the arts community and beyond.”