At this summer's national Arc conference, I listened to a presentation by Mary Lynne Bisland, Executive Director of The Arc of Terrebonne, Louisiana. Her talk was about the businesses that they directly run to support and employ people in their community. Terrebonne parish is about the size of Grays Harbor County and has a comparable number of people and a similar economy. TARC runs sixteen separate businesses, and employ 200 people through restaurants, gift shops, candy stores, janitorial, greenhouses, lawn care businesses and others.

I think we can do this here.     

Back at home, the biggest challenge The Arc of Grays Harbor faces is an unpredictable revenue stream. In the coming months, the Board of Directors of the Arc of Grays Harbor will be working hard to create a plan for making a sustainable and predictable budget, which requires taking control of our own destiny.

Also, I think there may be big opportunities for all the small nonprofits on the Harbor to cooperatively solve many of their fundraising challenges.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Please send me a note with your ideas.