Years ago Grace reached out to the Arc of Southeast Iowa for assistance in becoming sensitive and welcoming to those with disability in our church. God had other plans. As we learned of their lack of space to hold the Arc’s summertime day camps it became clear that our need to serve the Arc was greater than our need to be helped by them.
Three years ago, the Arc teamed up with Grace Community Church to use our church building eight weeks in the summer for tween and teen day camps. Throughout the year they have also used our building on Saturday afternoons for respite time. The Arc is an organization dedicated to serving by offering services, information and advocacy to people with disabilities and their families. They also work in local community settings to promote awareness and advancement of those touched by disability.
Through Momentum, we’ve been able to go above and beyond to love the Arc campers and their families by offering a sensory-friendly movie at the Coral Ridge Theater. For many campers, because of the complex dynamic of movie theaters and sensory overload, they are simply not able to attend what most consider a childhood staple event. The Arc campers are thrilled to see their first movie in theaters and the impact doesn’t stop there. The workers at Coral Ridge were thrilled to love these kids as well and are considering making sensory-friendly movies more of a regular thing.