Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana and RISE Inc., have begun proceedings to merge the two disability services organizations, with a goal of completing the merger by the end of May. Merging the two organizations will increase joint capacity to serve more people with a broader scope of services in Steuben and DeKalb counties. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
Operations in the Fort Wayne area will continue to be known as Easterseals Arc, while operations in the Angola area will be Easterseals RISE. Easterseals Arc began offering Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Steuben and DeKalb counties and entered a co-location agreement with RISE Inc., in January. RISE staff will join the Easterseals team to create a smooth transition for clients in Angola. In addition to the residential supports, day programs and employment services the organizations already provide in the Angola area, the merger will enable Easterseals RISE to add services such as behavior consulting, respite, and recreation and serve more individuals and families in DeKalb County. According to Chris Stackhouse, executive director of RISE, the organization will be able to reach more people who need their help by sharing expertise and resources with Easterseals.
RISE Inc. partners with families and individuals facing economic, physical, and developmental challenges. RISE Inc.’s services include adult day programs; employment services; and residential services.
Easterseals is committed to the comprehensive health and wellness of the more than 1.5 million people it serves each year and is prepared to respond to the needs of the one in four Americans living with disability with outcomes-based services for all disabilities throughout the lifespan.
This was report by Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana on April 10, 2020.