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The Point/Arc Raises $1.9 Million in First Round of Capital Campaign

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati raised $1.9 million from a total of 393 gifts in the first phase of its two-year capital campaign. 

The Point/Arc, located in Covington, was founded in 1972 and is a highly comprehensive organization that provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities residentially, educationally, socially, and vocationally. The Point/Arc serves more than 1,500 individuals annually through its programs and services. 

The Every Gift Counts campaign launched last summer and has a three-part goal of creating and operating residential endowment funds, the new Dr. Anthony and Geraldine Zembrodt Educational Center, and the Owen Hauck Exceptional Care Group Home, which will be the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky. The Every Gift Counts campaign has four phases left, with a financial goal of raising $2 million in each remaining phase.  

"National statistics share that 3 percent of our population has an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD). You currently may not know someone, but chances are in your lifetime you'll become acquainted with families who will need our Point services," said Judi Gerding, Founder and President of The Point/Arc. "I have the opportunity too few agency executives have and that is to position a thriving non-profit to reach our ultimate goal of never having to turn anyone away who could need our services. The Every Gift Counts campaign will allow us to continue to fill in the services gaps for individuals with I/DD in our community and help them to reach their fullest potential." 

The Every Gift Counts campaign enlisted Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty as honorary chair. Ken Harper, former Kentucky state representative, and Dan Groneck, retired U.S. Bank president and Northern Kentuckian of the Year winner serve as campaign co-chairs.   

In addition to offering advocacy, case management, educational, residential, vocational, and social opportunities, The Point/Arc owns and operates four social enterprises to generate operating cash back to its programs and to train and employ individuals with I/DD, including Point Perk coffee shop, The Point Apparel, The Point Commercial Laundry, and The Point Commercial Cleaning. In 2016, thanks to the community fund of the former St. Luke Hospital, The Point/Arc acquired the former Easter Seals Day Care Center in Northern Kentucky. In 2017, The Point/Arc renamed the Center the Bill and Betsy Scheben Care Center. 

-Staff report