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  • Participants who regularly go out in the community

    89%

  • Hours spent in the community

    20,000

  • Volunteers in 2017

    125

  • Program Participants

    300

Welcome to SpArc Services

At SpArc Services, our mission is to support people with disabilities by providing programs and services that encourage inclusion, independence, and personal achievement and provide services through programs designed to fit each individual and develop personal goals and milestones for growth.

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts
The Cultural Arts Center fosters creativity, self-confidence, and community connections for adults with developmental disabilities through classes in the visual and performing arts, outings to cultural venues, and opportunities to collaborate with other artists and arts-based organizations. Local artists and educators teach program participants skills in ceramics, drawing, painting, theater, music and movement. People enrolled in the program also make connections to the Philadelphia arts community and beyond through a variety of exhibitions, projects, and partnerships. 

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Job Center

Job Training, Employment Partners and Job Placement Services

Employment Partners administers a vocational evaluation and provides skills training, job placement and job coaching. Highly individualized plans are created and implemented for each person in the program with the definitive goal of finding long-term, independent, competitive community-integrated employment. Services are provided to adults with a wide range of disabilities, behavioral health issues, learning disabilities, visual issues, auditory issues at companies such as Shop Rite, PennDot, Walmart, Prime Flight Aviation and WaWa.

Services provided through our job training center give individuals the tools they need to build basic job skills and earn a paycheck. Through worksites at local businesses, participants are exposed to a variety of job duties and industries. Partnerships include Tasty Baking Company and Hanks Beverage Company.

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Community Supports

Community Supports

Home and Community-Based Services provides assistance for people to achieve a more independent quality of life by providing access to their community in an exciting new way. Services provided include Respite, Companion, Habilitation and Community Inclusion. A customized action plan is created for each participant to ensure that every person is poised to reach his or her full potential. 

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UniqueSource Recognizes Angie Abel of SpArc Services with Achievement Award

UniqueSource Recognizes Angie Abel of SpArc Services with Achievement Award

For Immediate Release:

HARRISBURG, PA, July 13, 2018 June 18 was an evening to “Embrace the Abilities” of Pennsylvanians by showcasing the skills and talents that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace each and every day.

“Tonight, we celebrate a record 29 Member employees with the UniqueSource Achievement Award,” said Vince Loose, president and CEO of UniqueSource® Products & Services. “Each of these professionals has distinguished themselves with their quality of work, commitment to professionalism in the workplace and skills development to move from performing a job to developing a career.”

The UniqueSource Achievement Award was established in 1976 as the Nattie Mann Acheivement Award to recognize outstanding workers from around the state who demonstrate exceptional character in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace.

Following the awards ceremony, which took place at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, guests were treated to an inspiring keynote address from Master Sergeant Cedric King – who, just as he led and motivated men in combat, now leads and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.

Meet Award Winner Angie Abel
Angie has a personal understanding of living and working with a disability. She started working at SpArc Services as a photo license technician and eventually was promoted to a supervisor. Now she draws on her experience to motivate other technicians.

As the Photo ID Member Agency Representative, Angie manages the scheduling and staffing of 12 sites in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. And as a former license technician, Angie is uniquely qualified to understand the demands and pressures of the contract and knows that she plays a major role in assuring quality and compliance.

Abel says that the best part of her job is helping other people. In fact, many of the techs report that Angie helps them work through their problems both of a personal and professional nature.

Despite significant challenges, she lives and works independently. She raised a family as a single mother and even stepped in to help raise her granddaughter.

“Angie is an extraordinary person that not only has my respect, but inspires me every day to work harder and do a better job,” said Barry Bussell of SpArc Services who also nominated Angie for the award.

Master Sergeant Cedric King, Keynote Speaker
Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During a career that took him from an infantry private to a position of leadership in the elite Rangers, King graduated from a number of distinguished Army schools. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. King is a four-time Best Ranger Competition participant.

On July 25, 2012, during his second tour in Afghanistan, King was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. The blast caused major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs.

Just 21 months after losing both legs, King completed the Boston Marathon, running on prosthetic blades. He has gone on to compete in a number of physically daunting events, including a 70.3-mile half Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon and the 48.6-mile Disney Marathon series. There, he successfully completed four runs in four days – a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and full marathon.

About UniqueSource Products & Services
UniqueSource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supplier of products and services dedicated to creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. It accomplishes this by partnering with its Members – Pennsylvania nonprofit agencies who employ persons with disabilities – to market and deliver their products and services to customers in both the private and public sectors.

For more information, visit the UniqueSource website.

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Photo Caption: (Left) Master Sergeant Cedric King and Vince Loose, President & CEO of UniqueSource® Products & Services (right), congratulate Angie Abel (center) on her 2018 UniqueSource Achievement Award. Copyright 2018 Fine Art Photo, Inc.

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