Institution for Savings provides a vital link for Northeast Arc

Representatives from Institution for Savings and Northeast Arc at the Center for Linking Lives at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers. Pictured (l-r): Craig Welton, Chief Development Officer, Northeast Arc, Susan Ring Brown, Director of Foundation & Corporate Engagement, Northeast Arc, Kim Rock, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Institution for Savings, Jo Ann Simons, President & CEO, Northeast Arc, Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Institution for Savings, Heidi Ellard, Vice-Chair, Northeast Arc Board of Directors. Photo by David Thomson

DANVERS — Institution for Savings has made a $50,000 grant to support Northeast Arc’s Campaign for Linking Lives. 

Michael Jones, the Bank’s President and CEO, Kim Rock, Executive Vice President and COO, and Mary Anne Clancy, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, announced the gift during a visit to the Center for Linking Lives at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.

Institution for Savings, with 15 locations on the North Shore, is the largest mutual savings bank on the North Shore of Massachusetts. 

Through its charitable giving, Institution for Savings lives true to its vision to positively affect the lives of every person, business, and organization within the communities it serves.

“The $50,000 gift from Institution for Savings to support Northeast Arc brings us much closer to our $3 million fundraising goal,” said Jo Ann Simons, president and CEO of Northeast Arc. 

Michael Jones, Institution for Savings president, said the Center for Linking Lives provides an inviting and supportive environment where individuals with disabilities can live inclusively alongside their peers. 

“We are honored to support this initiative and hope that others will do the same to help them reach their financial goal. The funds will support the Center for Linking Lives at the Liberty Tree Mall which serves as a vibrant gathering place, where individuals with disabilities can reach their full potential, and learn to lead fulfilling lives alongside their peers,” Jones said.

“We are so impressed with the work that Northeast Arc does every day to improve the lives of those with disabilities by helping them become full participants in our communities,” Jones added.

Northeast Arc (NeArc) changes lives for people with disabilities — and children at risk of developing them — and their families. 

The agency, which opened the Center for Linking Lives at Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers in 2020, serves thousands of people in nearly 200 Massachusetts cities and towns each year. 

NeArc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and one of the largest in the country. Services include: Adult Family Care, the ArcWorks Community Art Center, Autism Services, Black Box Theater, Breaking Grounds Café, Continuous Care Nursing Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, The Learning Center Childcare and Preschool, parcels retail store, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential, Shared Living and Transition, and Skilled Intermittent Home Health Care. 

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