The arcBARKS Dog Treat Company, a program of The Arc of Greensboro in North Carolina, was conceived and developed to provide vocational training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Opened in 2011, the vocational training takes place in the real world setting of a functioning dog treat bakery. “Our daughter Jordan, who has Down Syndrome, has had significant personality transformation during her time at arcBARKS. She is more social, verbalizes more, and makes eye contact more. It is very clear to us that she understands that she is doing “real” work at arcBARKS and takes it very seriously,” said parents, Kathy and Eric Kraus.
The bakery is now at a point where they need to update existing equipment. With the $4,500 they hope to raise they plan to purchase a new oven. This new oven will help improve productivity which will then allow them to expand their programming for adults with intellectual disabilities who are looking for a post high school option that is right for them. The new oven will also lead to better safety for staff and will be easier for the bakers to operate. Donate now for new equipment to improve vocational training!