ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pam Stephens Center
When I heard that a building was going to be named in honor of Pam Stephens, I wanted to shout it from the roof tops. In a world where good work often goes without recognition, it was a once in a life time blessing for me to be able to attend the dedication of this tremendous new facility in San Antonio that will serve as a valuable community resource for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Listening to the amazing list of all the accomplishments that Pam has achieved during her 35 years of devoted care to children and adults with special needs in San Antonio gave me a true perspective of this person referred to as” the heart of the Arc”. Here is a list of some of the greatness that I know about:
Began her social service career in 1973 as a teacher for the Bexar County MHMR
Hired on November 6,1978 as Program Services Director of the Arc (Association of Retarded Citizens)
Major designer of the Arc’s child care program in 1985
Assisted in the opening of some of the first group homes in San Antonio in 1982
Instrumental in the start-up and implementation of the Day Hab Program in 1998
Awarded The Arc of Texas Staff Person of The Year in 2000
Due to her significant accomplishments a $250,000 matching gift was given to the Arc’s capital campaign in her honor by the Kronkosky Foundation
In addition to her dedication to the Arc, Pam serves on many Human Rights committees throughout San Antonio, the AACOG and the Special Education Advisory Boards of the North East, San Antonio and North Independent School districts.
The Pam Stephens Building is situated on 8 acres located at 6530 Wurzbach Rd. between Babcock and Evers that formerly served as a YMCA. The Arc has raised over $1.6 million to fund the transformation. The 12,000 square foot building will house the Arc’s life enrichment programs during the week days and will be available on week-ends and evenings for programs offered by other nonprofit organizations offering respite care, therapeutic services. sports programs, and other recreational activities to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Founded in 1954, The Arc of San Antonio’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual or other developmental disabilities. The Arc provides after school and all day summer care for children ages 5 through 22. Life enrichment programs for adults, case management, education and referral services benefit more than 6,000 children, adults, family members and professionals each year.