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The Arc Baltimore Presents Community Connection Award to Moneen Blake

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Moneen Blake, clinical coordinator at The Arc Baltimore, is the winner of the organization’s 2022 Community Connection Award.

Presented during The Arc Baltimore’s Annual Meeting and Awards Reception, the Community Connection Award is presented to The Arc staff person who fosters opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to develop valuable relationships and integrate into their community in an attempt to significantly improve their quality of life.

Throughout her entire tenure with The Arc Baltimore, first as a live-in direct support professional and then as a clinical coordinator, Blake has embodied “Community Connection.” She fundamentally believes that all people should live their best life, full of connections and relationships.

In each of her various positions, Blake has spearheaded large events, such as cruises and holiday parties, which are designed to bring people together. She has helped people to set up dates, taught classes on planning for a vacation and other social events, and hosted regular “Connections” meet-ups on Zoom.

The Community Connection Award is presented annually in memory of Selma Greenfeld, who was supported by The Arc Baltimore and known for her warm personality, sense of humor, and many friendships.

The Arc Baltimore’s Annual Meeting and Awards Reception recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in their service to The Arc, from community partners and volunteers to supported individuals and staff members. The 2022 Annual Meeting included award recognitions for Volunteer Service, Foster Care Excellence, Self-Advocacy, and School Inclusion, among others. In addition, The Arc Baltimore’s new board of directors and officers were elected during the Annual Meeting.

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability) to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships. The Arc provides employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals. For more information, visit www.thearcbaltimore.org, email contactus@thearcbaltimore.org, or call 410-296-2272.

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