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Bubbly, vivacious, and described by EL ARCA staff members as “the life of the party,” Darlene Chavez says that since joining the Adult Day Support Center in December, she finally feels like she’s found her “happy” place.

Darlene plays basketball and baseball and takes field trips to shop, bowl and see movies. She likes to dance, especially to Jessica Jay’s Chichiquita. She even started taking sign language classes. “I love it here!” she exclaims.

But Darlene also wants to make sure she’s giving back as much as she gets from EL ARCA. The 23-year-old fundraises for student programs by selling chocolate bars to family and friends. “That’s my goal. To sell chocolates,” she says, with a grin. “Share the love!”

- Darlene Chavez
Participant, ADSC

Did You Know?

TV personality, Mario Lopez chose EL ARCA as his charity of choice and generously gave a

$10,000 grant

to the organization.


EL ARCA helps me to be independent. Continue reading

- Troy Holt
Participant, ADC