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. 



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. For help recruiting and hiring a personal support worker, parents may contact Tommy Archuleta
  • JumpStart Preschool and ESTEAM: Both the JumpStart Preschool and ESTEAM youth program are open. To schedule a tour of the preschool or learn more about the ESTEAM program, contact Annie Wahto
  • Stepping Out: The Arc continues to support its clients to live full and meaningful lives within their communities, following strict COVID safety protocols. For more information about The Arc’s employment services, please contact Dottee Stacks.


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. Contact Nancy to get information on how to join. 



Food Boxes

The Arc opened the CARES Center to help people access food and other resources. The CARES Center is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.



COVID Vaccine

The Arc Lane County and Lane County Public Health host regular COVID vaccination clinics. Please see Events to see a list of upcoming vaccination clinics.



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

Video about the COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon

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

Oregon Health Authority Safe + Strong or call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP). The line offers free, emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it (not only those experiencing a mental health crisis).