Chelsea Groton Foundation Awards $3,000 for The Arc New London County's Training Program

Norwich, CT – The Chelsea Groton Foundation of Norwich has awarded $3,000 to The Arc New London County’s vocational/employment program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Funds will be used to offset costs of purchasing a commercial bakery oven for the agency’s Culinary Arts program. The Arc’s “Classic Crunch” cookies are sold at ShopRite New London and Norwich, Mohegan Sun Employee Store and Service Station, Thames Valley Alternative Relief Center, Ledyard Village Market, Muddy Waters Café, Connecticut College Student Café, Fiddleheads Food Co-Op, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Lobby Shop, and Flander’s Fish Market & Restaurant in Niantic.

 The commercial oven will allow participant employees to more than triple production, allowing the program to be self-sustaining and increase its base of trainees with I/DD wishing to enter the culinary, restaurant or retail field.
For more information on The Arc’s vocational/employment programs, the cookie production facility, or the Employment Transition Center’s other micro-enterprises, please contact Penny Newbury at (860) 889-4435, ext. 103.