Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH) provides recreation for children, teens and adults with disabilities in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with special needs in order to promote higher levels of physical well-being, independence and self-sufficiency. As we are a direct service agency, ARCH’s Day Treatment program for adults and our ARCHKids program have remained open during the COVID-19 crisis. As local schools are closed and many parents still have to work, many as frontline workers, we have remained open to care for their family members with special needs. We had to close our Drop-In program temporarily and, of the 150 clients usually on site each day, understandably, many stayed home. The effect of the COVID-19 situation has adversely impacted our organization financially, along with many other non-profits throughout the Valley. Less clients overall means less funding from the State. The 30 groups that rent our gym and field cancelled all their events for the foreseeable future. We rely heavily on this rental income to help offset direct programming costs for our clients. So we have set up this special relief fund to help offset some of our costs and losses in revenue, and to help us get back on our feet. Anything you can do to help is much appreciated! Thank you for being part of our Summer of Hope!