Published On: Tue, Jun 12th, 2018

JARC FL Receives $300,000 in Grant Funds from the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity

Boca Raton, FL – JARC FL Receives $300,000 in Grant Funds from the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity

WHAT: JARC FL, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides programs and services to educate and empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is receiving $300,000 in grant funds from the State of Florida. A large check will be presented to the non-profit organization during its June board meeting.

The grant will continue to provide JARC clients opportunities to work at partnering businesses as trainees as part of its Community Works program. More than 50 JARC clients currently work at 10 South Florida businesses completing tasks ranging from chopping and portioning food, folding napkins and completing janitorial tasks. The Clients are paid minimum wage by JARC.


  • Debra Hallow, CEO of JARC FL, will accept the check on JARC’s behalf and say a few words; She will be joined by JARC FL board members and staff;
  • JARC FL clients that participate in the Community Works program;
  • Politicians in attendance will include Senator Joseph Abruzzo; JJ Piskadlo, Aide to Senator Book; and Representative Candidate Matt Spritz.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: 21160 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33428 in the JARC Board Room – 2nd Floor. On the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s campus.

DETAILS: Media invited to come. Must RSVP to media contact Melissa Perlman (561-310-9921) to pass through campus gate. Photo opportunities available!

About Community Works Program

The Community Works Program first launched in late 2014 at JARC FL through a partnership with Marshall’s. Through the program, JARC clients work at a partner business as trainees, completing tasks ranging from chopping jalapeños and portioning food to folding napkins and completing janitorial tasks. The clients are paid minimum wage by JARC thanks to donations from the community, fundraising and state grants. With JARC paying the clients, the partner business essentially receives free labor. In exchange, the businesses are expected to train, guide and provide a healthy and productive working environment for their respective JARC employees. Ultimately – the goal is to secure formal positions for the clients with the business.

Over the last four years since the program first launched, the Community Works Program has grown to include partnerships with 10 local businesses, including Farmer’s Table, TJ Maxx, Boca Raton Marshall’s, Delray Beach Marshall’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Luxe Café, The Polo Club, Woodfield Country Club, Addison Reserve Country Club and KMART. There are 56 clients currently working in the community thanks to the program. A few have clients have already secured formal positions.


JARC Florida, a non-sectarian organization based in Boca Raton, provides group homes, apartments and vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities. It strives to assist each individual with becoming all he or she is capable of being and encourages this growth in a caring, nurturing environment. It is the mission of JARC, in partnership with the families of its clients, to promote independence, dignity, an self-respect in order to create more fulfilling lives.

JARC currently operates ten group homes in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area for adults with developmental disabilities. JARC offers apartment living for those who do not require 24-hour supervision as well as vocational training in the Mel & Elaine Stein Living and Learning Center. The organization was created in the mid 1980’s in response to the needs of families with adult children with developmental disabilities.

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