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Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

A special Holiday luncheon was held at the Palm Desert Resorter Country Club for 50 clients of Desert ARC. 50 of its neediest clients with Developmental disabilities were treated to a sit down luncheon on December 17th. The Palm Desert Resorter Country Club Clubhouse was filled with these clients and their volunteer caregivers. Each client was given a beautifully wrapped gift and a very large basket filled with fruits and goodies.

The event was organized by Ernie Rubin and her sister Teddie Rozell. Together they brought other philanthropists to help sponsor and then participate in this wonderful luncheon. Christmas carols were sung by ladies in Santa hats. Each clients was photographed with his or her present. Executive Director Richard Baloco spoke to the guests about what Desert ARC does for the developmentally disabled of the whole Coachella Valley and its mission. Desert ARC also provides day care for some clients.

The smiles on the faces of these clients when they got their photo taken, given a gift and a basket warmed everyones heart. The care givers helped each one with anything they needed at the luncheon.

Desert ARC provides social services and training to over 600 clients with disabilities. ARC trains each client and offers employment opportunities for them. ARC gives disabled adults a chance at a meaningful life and creates many opportunities they would not have without Desert ARC. ARC also has a year long schedule of events such as social activities, Sports, Art and music programs along with job training. ARCs mission is to ,”Enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities”.

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