The United Arc December 2018 Newsletter

I am delighted to share with you Francis' story, which showcases the potential to live life to the fullest when we strive to support people in achieving the universal goals of inclusion, choice, and independence.

We are fostering  partnerships throughout Western Massachusetts. By sharing our stories with our community, we are collectively creating more opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This newsletter highlights those stories and opportunities in abundance. It may be cold and dark out, but here at The United Arc, we are feeling the sun's shinning warmth. 

Happy Holidays!

Lynne Marie Bielecki
Executive Director

Living Life to the Fullest!

You may see him as Santa one day, bagging your groceries at Big Y another day or maybe greeting you at the door at the Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub some evening.  Francis keeps himself busy.  He is a board member, advocate, artist, caring family member and friend, volunteer and an all around fun guy.

Read Francis' full story by clicking the following link:

The United Arc and Stone Soup Café joined forces again for a third year to orchestrate an inclusive community meal at Stone Soup's Family-friendly Pay-what-you-can Café. Over 160 individuals from all walks of life and abilities enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal side by side as well as holiday themed crafts for children.

The United Arc Participates in 
The Franklin County 3rd Annual Festival of Trees 

Held at Yankee Candle Village 

 Festival Tree Viewing Weekends  

Thursday, November 29th to Saturday, December 15th

Sunday December 16th 

 Friends In Common 
December 14th 6:00 - 8:00 pm

 North Quabbin Friends 
  December 15th 10:30 am Drop Off & 1:00 pm Pick Up at Athol Cinemas 8

 December 21st Combined FIC & NQF Winter Wonderland Dance 6:00 - 8:00 pm 

 North Quabbin Creative Adventure Club 
December 13th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

 Friends In Common Fine Arts Club 
December 5th 6:00 - 8:00 pm & 19th 6:00 - 9:00 pm

 Please note: The Friends In Common Caregivers Conversation and the North Quabbin Caregivers Resource Group will not meet in December. The meetings will begin again in January. 

 Also, Music Time sessions are postponed. Please watch for flyers in January.  

Please be on the lookout for our Friends In Common and
North Quabbin Friends flyers for December events!


New Legislators and Supporting Families Day

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase

The 41st Annual Legislative Reception

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Massachusetts State House, Great Hall

 GAAAFSN presents 

The United Arc Annual North Quabbin Holiday Party 

Friday December 7th 6:00 - 8:00 pm

 Greenfield Lodge of Elks #1296 presents 

The United Arc Holiday Party

Sunday December 9th 12:00 - 3:00 pm

For more information click the following link:

Coffee & Conversation

Friday, February 22nd 8:00 am - 10:00 am

*Snow Date: Friday, March 1st

 Family Support Opportunity 

Available space in the 2019 MFOFC Family Leaderhip Series!

Applications are due the first week in January. 

For more information click on the following link:

Congratulations to our elected officials!

We hope to see many officials at our
Coffee & Conversation event on February 22nd.

Looking for our December program activities?
Click one of the images below or visit

Achieve with us.

The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, Massachusetts 01376
(413) 774-5558

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