JARC Helps Get Out The Vote in Boca

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Last month, JARC Florida, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that currently operates ten group homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Boca Raton, hosted the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections to assist more than 150 JARC clients who chose to vote in the Presidential primary election. Clients voted via absentee ballot with the support of the Supervisor of Elections staff. Back in September, hundreds of clients registered to vote in this year’s election. This was the first time JARC’s Boca Raton facility will serve as a polling location for clients, many who require extra assistance. According to Nancy Freiwald, Director of Program Services for JARC, clients are encouraged to vote but in past years had to go to designated local polling places where they were not permitted to receive assistance while voting. “To have a polling location right here in our facility is a win-win opportunity,” said Freiwald. “Our clients will now have the opportunity to vote in the upcoming election right here in the convenience of the JARC facility and receive the assistance they need, all while exercising their right to vote.” In past years, approximately 50 percent of JARC clients voted in most elections. This year, more than 150 clients participated. “We have a very politically-interested population here at JARC based on attendance in our weekly current events group,” Freiwald added. “They will be thrilled to have this new opportunity.” About JARC  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, and 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. Learn more at http://jarcfl.org.