THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Crowley Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to LARC on behalf a generous and anonymous club member. Those present for the check presentation were, from left, Vocational speaker Jeremy LeLeux, President Amy Thibodeaux and Brian Hensgens of LARC.
LARC CEO encourages volunteerism
The Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed Brian Hensgens, LARC CEO, to their weekly luncheon.
LARC, is a non profit organization created over 60 years ago. The mission is to support individuals with disabilities in reaching their goals through participation in community engagement and education while promoting employment opportunities.
The organization has been dedicated to serving the needs of people in Acadiana’s community with developmental disabilities and their families.
LARC’s services include community supports and services; residential services and vocational services.
In addition, LARC owns and operates Acadian Village.
Hensgens, explained that much of the funds used comes directly from profits of Acadian Village’s Christmas light display and donors.
Although LARC does receive funding from the state, those funds are not enough to pay for the day-to-day operations.
In considering day-to-day operations, the non-profit takes care of over 250 developmentally disabled adults every day. That includes 17 buses (and drivers) who pick up/drop off clients; 250 paid employees, mostly part time, which include drivers, sitters, teachers, etc., who all focus on the goal of getting the client to the best of their abilities.
“I believe the clients of LARC are God’s people and we are given talents to take care of these people,” Hensgens said.
Other events to help support LARC in the upcoming year include: spring and fall festivals; Christmas in July; a wine tasting and a beer crawl.
In addition Mardi Gras Beads-n-More is a LARC’s Enterprises, which creates jobs and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Hensgens said beads can be donated to LARC where they will be sorted and re-sold to area Mardi Gras krewes and individuals riding in parades in need of throws.
Goodwill Industries of Acadiana collects beads at all of their Acadiana locations. LARC and Goodwill are in a partnership to collect the beads.
For more information on Mardi Gras beads call 337-981-8484.
Hensgens said LARC is always looking for volunteers. Contact them at Lafayettelarc.org for more information.