News Room

Message from Arc Executive Director Lauren Panarella

To our many staff members, families, volunteers, and community partners:

Mere words cannot express the gratitude of The Arc of Somerset County’s Board of Directors and executive staff following Superstorm Sandy. We have seen some true heroes and outstanding leaders during this trying time - with many going extraordinarily above and beyond in efforts to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our persons served.

As an update on our programs, we continue to shelter several of our group homes at one of our day programs, and expect to do so for the next few days. The Jerry Davis daycare and preschool programs have both reopened as of Monday, November 5, and the administrative office in Manville has been open since Thursday, November 1.

As we work to get our operations back to normal, please know that we are incredibly appreciative of our dedicated staff, family members, volunteers, and community partners. Your hard work and commitment to those we serve has not gone unnoticed, and truly embodies the spirit of The Arc Mission.

Lastly, I would like to note that we came through this storm with no reports of serious injury to our persons served, our families, or our staff members. For this we are truly grateful.


Lauren Panarella
Executive Director
The Arc of Somerset County