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Thank You for being a part of Summit of Hope!

We are so grateful for all of your support! Every attendee, donor, volunteer, and sponsor is deeply appreciated. Whether you were able to support in person or in spirit, videos from our program are available below.

Video: The Arc of The Journey - Jenn and Helen Pietranczyk

Learn from Helen Pietranczyk’s lived experience as the mother of a daughter with IDD. Their relationship and parallel journey helped this mother and daughter grow toward independence. The Arc-JCCGC is a proud participant in their story.

Live Speaker: Tania Garcia

Tania Garcia shares the story of her son Gianni and their journey to help make the world more inclusive for him and others with intellectual developmental disabilities. Tania talks about The Arc-JCCGC and resources and community connections our organization has provided for the Garcia family. 

Panel Discussion

Lori Ropa, Executive Director of The Arc – JCCGC moderates a discussion with Tania Garcia and Helen Pietranczyk about their children’s experiences navigating through youth and toward understanding adulthood, followed by a question & answer session with the audience. Rob Smariga, Board President of The Arc – JCCGC, describes our chapter’s work and how you may be part of a larger movement.


To watch the full program, click here.


You can also be a part of Summit of Hope by making a donation now--click here. All proceeds support The Arc-JCCGC’s work to

·    Support people with IDD to find their voice

·    Empower families to be incredible advocates for someone they love

·    Work in and with our community to make it a more welcoming place

·    Help change community perceptions so that people can be seen for their abilities


Thank You To Our Transformative Partner FirstBank!

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