SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Arc of the Ozarks is more than 50 years old but, just in the last three years, it's seen almost double the number of clients that it handles. Thankfully, a new expansion makes the load easier.
The building is quite impressive at 7,400 square feet. It was much needed; offices were cramped and some people were even working out of their cars. More clients than ever before are walking through the doors of The Arc of the Ozarks.
"We're in 10 counties in southwest Missouri," said Chief Advancement Officer Julie Guillebeau. "We cover a big area and we help a lot of people, but there is a lot more need out there."
Since Guillebeau joined the Arc in April 2007, the number of disabled clients has doubled from 400 to 800.
"We help them learn how to live independently: how to cook, how to clean, how to budget, how to grocery shop."