Arch Enterprises is a non-profit organization providing innovative day program services to adults with developmental disabilities. Arch Enterprises receives funding from Disability, inclusion and Accessibility Division, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Edmonton region.
Arch Enterprises Client Development staff are committed to excellence by approaching service design and delivery from an individualized perspective. We believe that the individual's interests and goals are the driving force of our program services.
Our staff assist clients to maximize their potential as they pursue a more active, contributing role in the community. A diverse range of community inclusive opportunities is cultivated in all four Programs: Community Access, Employment Preparation, Pre-Employment and Employment Placement.
Aaron Webb carefully waters colourful hanging baskets he knows local gardeners will be keen to snap up when they go on sale later this spring.
"Patience. Don't rush. We still have a month to go before we can even plant," says the manager at Arch Greenhouses.
It's not what you'd expect to hear from a man whose job it is to sell things like bedding plants and vegetables, but Arch Greenhouses isn't your garden variety place.
The 35,000-square-foot facility at 3151 97 St. in south Edmonton is actually a non-profit that has been supporting programs for adults with developmental disabilities for 42 years.
Arch Greenhouses began in 1979 as a therapy program and over the years has evolved into a thriving business with proceeds from the greenhouses and retail space now being a major source of funding for Arch Enterprises, which provides day programs and employment and volunteer opportunities to Edmontonians.
"It's really wonderful to work in an organization that makes everybody feel a part of the community, and I do it through plants so that's even better," Webb says.
Webb advises customer to pick up seeds and planting potatoes but hold off on the bedding plants for now.
"Don't go crazy just yet; let the weather warm up a bit," he said. "We want people to have a good experience and not to panic buy."
Webb says soaring demand from budding green thumbs during the pandemic coupled with a winter storm in Texas may affect some supplies at many garden centres this season, but that just provides an opportunity to experiment with something new.
"Explore, because the plant world is huge and you can always find a different garden story every year."
"Plants are the new toilet paper and business is booming," says Maggi Hegan, executive director of Arch Enterprises.
Growing profits at the greenhouse are critical to funding programs for the parent organization which currently has 85 clients, Hegan says.
From employment and volunteer programs, to art and music therapy to physical recreation the goal is to help people live as "independently as possible in enjoying an enriched life," she says.
"Our mission is to inspire people to reach beyond."
That's what Arch client Daisy Stacey is doing everyday in the centre attached to the greenhouse space. Born with spina bifida, she has taken part in a variety of programs since 2005.
"It's a nice place to be with friends and meet people," Stacey says. "I love it here."
Click on the link below to be redirected to the CBC news website where the full article and a wonderful video titled "I love It Here" are available
Arch Enterprises is a non-profit organization providing innovative day program services to adults with developmental disabilities. If you have any questions regarding the services we offer or about your specific situation please contact us at 780 438 4347
Arch Enterprises is Level II ACDS Accredited