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Residents Ready to Move Into the Arc's Third Group Home

WVIK Staff
A previous ribbon cutting for a group home opened in July.

Eight more residents are transitioning from a large residential center to their own home in Moline. Today, the Arc of the Quad Cities held a ribbon cutting for its 3rd group home, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Executive Director Kyle Rick says the Arc is closing Heritage Fifty-Three in Moline, which houses 48 people. And with the help of a state grant, those clients are moving into residential neighborhoods. 

Eight people will live in the new home on 26th Avenue in Moline. Rick says it's completely handicap accessible. 
She says the home has a full time staff and several amenities, including a lifting system for wheelchairs, which brings the cost to $750,000. 

It's the third group home the Arc has opened, and two more are under construction. They're made possible by a three-million-dollar state grant secured by State Representative Pat Verschoore. 

Rick says the group homes are part of a state-wide push to help people with disabilities live independently in residential neighborhoods, rather than large state institutions built decades ago.