MORC Executive Director, Gerald Provencal, with JARC Chief Operating Officer, Chris HenchWe are proud to announce that The Center for Positive Living Supports and Macomb Oakland Regional Center, Inc. (MORC) has recognized JARC as the first and only organization certified in a Culture of Gentleness. This prestigious honor recognizes JARC's commitment to providing a Culture of Gentleness through our business practices, training, mentoring and support of its staff and Board of Directors.
Gerald Provencal, Executive Director of MORC, says, "JARC has been a leader in the fight for full citizenship for those JARC serves. JARC has worked passionately for people with disabilities to have lives that are rich and full. JARC has never wavered, never taken a safe route. They have stood up to community resistance when it was fierce, and always tried new things. JARC is on the cutting edge. It was a pleasure for me to present this award to them."
Starting in 2009, JARC began an agency-side effort to make sure everyone was treated in a way that made them feel safe and cared about. This has translated into countless hours of extensive staff training as well as adapting agency policies, forms, and even physical environments to adhere to the tenets of Gentle Teaching, enabling those entrusted to our care to feel safe, cared for, caring and engaged. To date, JARC has trained three staff members to be Gentle Teaching Mentors with three more in the process of attaining certification.
According to JARC Chief Operating Officer, Chris Hench, "The journey to establish and maintain a Culture of Gentleness is really an ongoing process. JARC is continually reaffirming our unwavering commitment to supporting the principles of Gentle Teaching, and to bringing the Culture of Gentleness to others in the community."
Read more about JARC's philosophy of care giving and Gentle Teaching.