COVID-19 Update & Resources

A Message from Pam Ring, Executive Director of The Arc Lane County


Given the vulnerable population we serve, The Arc Lane County has temporarily closed its building due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fingerprinting field office for the U.S. Census is open. 



Program/Services Update

  • EmployAbility: The Arc continues to support its clients who are working at jobs within the community. For more information about The Arc’s employment services, please contact Devin Duerst.
  • Community Connectors: This program helps support children, youth and adults with activities related to daily living. The Community Connectors program continues to support individuals in their homes during the pandemic. In the event a family needs more direct support professionals while their child is at home, parents may contact Tommy Archuleta.
  • JumpStart and ESTEAM: These programs are closed until further notice.
  • Stepping Out: This program is closed until further notice.



Family Network Update

Families Connected, the family network serving Lane County, continues to ensure families have access to resources, connection and support during this time. Parents may reach Families Connected by searching for The Arc Families Connected on Facebook and ask to join the private group. Families Connected is hosting a Happy Hour and Game Night every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Contact Nancy to get information on how to join. 



Activity Kits

The Arc Lane County has created a limited number of Staycation Around the World kits for families. Each week, participating families will receive a new Staycation Around the World kit loaded with fun activities, food and crafts related to different countries. Children will learn about the cultures of Peru, Ireland, Italy, Egypt, Japan and India during their six-week staycation! Kits will also be available in Spanish. To learn more about the kits, contact Nancy.


Families don’t need a physical kit to participate. Simply check back here for all the crafts, activities and information. You will be able to pick and choose what you want to do at home. Check out the Staycation Destinations:


Destination: Ireland

Destination: Egypt

Destination: Italy

Destination: India

Destination: Peru

Destination: Japan




Food Boxes

The Arc has received a grant to provide Food Boxes to adults who experience a disability and to families who have a child with a disability. Call or text Jo Ann at 541-521-9304 to request a food box, and the box will be delivered to your doorstep. All food box recipients will remain confidential.



Stay Home, Stay Safe

The Arc Lane County’s building will remain closed until Oregon Governor Kate Brown and the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services decide when we can safely reopen. 


Until then, we encourage everyone to engage in safe social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet between people) and continue with regular hand washing and sanitizing frequently touched services. Stay well!


Local Resources

Meal Sites for Each Lane County School District

Getting Help with Groceries in Lane County

NAACP and FOOD for Lane County Mobile Food Distribution

FOOD for Lane County Community Food Resources


Lane County Public Health

University of Oregon – University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Information & Resources



State Resources

Safe & Strong Oregon (this website is available in other languages)

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon Health Authority Behavioral Health Services

Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services COVID-19 Information

Oregon Energy Fund

Oregon Department of Human Services Food Assistance




Federal Resources

IRS Economic Impact Payments



Special Education Resources

Preparing for and Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a Parent or Family of a Child who Experiences Disability – Oregon Department of Education 

FACT Oregon Special Education and Distance Learning Toolkit



Mental Health Resources 

Reach Out Oregon

Helping Out Our Teens in Schools

Oregon Health Authority Behavioral Health Services