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ADA 25th Anniversary

Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary

ADA 25th AnniversaryJuly 26 marks the 25th year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Since its passage in 1990, the ADA has become America’s prominent national policy statement affecting the lives of people who have disabilities. This landmark law prohibits discrimination against and provides civil rights protection to persons who have disabilities in the areas of employment, public services, public accommodations and telecommunication services.

Marc is proud to be an advocate and participating member of this movement that aims to provide individuals who have disabilities the same opportunities as everyone else. Marc’s continued efforts to create avenues that clear the way for these individuals to participate in the mainstream of American life is our ultimate goal.

John Moore, President & CEO

Message from Marc’s new CEO, John Moore

Message from Marc’s new CEO, John Moore

John Moore, President & CEO

John Moore, President & CEO

You may have heard that Randy Gray retired on June 30, 2015 after 40 years of service at Marc Community Resources, Inc. (Marc) and that I will take over the position of President & CEO. A natural question to ask is, “who is this John Moore and how will this transition impact Marc?”

To answer this two-part question, let me start with who I am. In terms of credentials, I have an accounting degree, a CPA license, a finance MBA and have over 30 years of audit, accounting and finance experience. Since 2001, I have been Marc’s Chief Financial Officer, working closely with Randy Gray, Marc’s board of directors and both program and support leadership.

In terms of leadership transition, while this is clearly an historic event in the life of our agency, don’t expect dramatic change. Marc is a CARF-accredited and nationally recognized agency that, thanks to a compassionate and dedicated workforce, has a great reputation with state funding sources such as the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care. My goal is to find new and innovative ways to further enhance our services and outcomes in ways that create a distinctive identity in the eyes of our service recipients, families, communities and funding sources. READ MORE HERE!


Marc receives Recovery and Resilience ‘RISE’ Award

Inaugural RISE Awards recognize resilience, innovation, service and empowerment

Members, providers and advocates earned top honors at Mercy Maricopa’s first-ever RISE Awards ceremony in April. The event was an opportunity for the behavioral-health community to celebrate its many successes.

RISEMarc Community Resources, Trinity Adult Medicine and PSA Art Awakenings were recognized for their dedication and hard work on behalf of members, families and the entire behavioral health community.  Individuals from Recovery Innovations, Trinity Adult Medicine and Foundation for Senior Living also received awards for their innovative and transformative work.

The RISE awards were handcrafted by artists at PSA Art Awakenings. Watch the Creating the Rise Awards video to see how PSA artists created these clay sculptures under the direction of artist-in-residence Antonio Pasos.

About 200 people packed the Parsons Health and Wellness Center on April 29 for the awards ceremony. Mental health attorney and longtime advocate Chick Arnold served as master of ceremonies.

Mercy Maricopa CEO Eddy D. Broadway and Board Chairman Matthew Cox presented Arnold with a special lifetime achievement award, a well-deserved honor that drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

The eight youth, adults and providers who won awards were selected from a list of more than 30 nominees.

The winners, in each category:

Recovery and Resilience
Youth: Austin Daley
Adult: Gloria Abril, advocate and caregiver
Provider: John Moore, Marc Community Resources

Health and Wellness
Youth: Jackson McAuliff
Adult: Aaron Foster, Recovery Innovations
Provider: Dr. Rodd Aking, Trinity Adult Medicine

Youth: None nominated
Adult: Alicia Gonzales, Foundation for Senior Living
Provider: Sara Marriott, PSA Art Awakenings

The RISE Awards are sponsored by Mercy Maricopa’s Board of Directors to recognize providers, adults and youth who are helping to transform the system through resilience, innovation, service and empowerment.

When Mercy Maricopa asked people to nominate others, the community response was amazing. People nominated caregivers, clients, family members and advocates from a variety of organizations with diverse backgrounds. All of them were strong contenders.

Here is a list of the 2015 RISE Award semifinalists:

Katelyn Swift
Aaliah Smith

Kristina Sabetta, CHEEERS
Dawn Wallschlaeger, therapeutic foster care supervisor
Dick Geasland, MIKID
Marc Saklak, CHOICES
Jessia Minnifield-Hartzler, Child and Family Support Services
Rene Kuehne, parent and caregiver
Kathie Kelling, Evoking Greatness
David Fraijo, Evoking Greatness
Hayley Winterberg, project coordinator, Inter-Growth
Dawn Schoenstadt, Family Involvement Center
Cheryl Anderson, Marc Community Resources
Lisa St. George, Recovery Innovations
John Schwartz, CHEEERS
Patricia Hanning, CHEEERS
Dominic Martinez, Terros
Sonnet Sharpe, CHEEERS
Gaye Tolman, Recovery Empowerment Network
Morgan Cox, S.T.A.R.

Dr. Bronislava Shafran, Arizona Age Reversal Neurology
Crisis Preparation and Recovery
Kimberly Craig, Center for Hope
Ehren Werntz, Arizona Autism United
Dr. Kent Eller, Southwest Network
New Horizons Youth Homes
Touchstone Behavioral Health

~ Content reprinted from the Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care provider newsletter.

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Marc Community Resources wins Mercy Maricopa’s RISE Award

Marc Community Resources wins RISE Award

Marc Community Resources wins Mercy Maricopa’s RISE Award

Marc Community Resources wins Mercy Maricopa’s RISE Award

Congratulations Marc Community Resources! The RISE Awards are sponsored by Mercy Maricopa’s Board of Directors to recognize the people and providers in our community who are transforming the behavioral health system and improving lives through resilience, innovation, services and empowerment.

There were three categories in which people/providers could be nominated: Recovery & Resiliency, Health & Wellness, and Innovation. It was very exciting that Marc Community Resources won the RISE Award for Recovery & Resiliency. Congratulations to everyone at Marc!

Mercy Maricopa RISE Award

Job Fair

Caregiving Career Fair – April 30, 2015

Caregiving Career Fair!

Marc Community Resources, Inc. has immediate need for experienced Direct Support Providers
for our Adult Day Program in East Mesa.
Position is Monday-Friday; flexibility required.
$500 Retention Bonus!!

Caregiving Career Fair!
Thursday, April 30th 2015
10617 E Oasis Drive, Mesa, AZ 85208
[Google Map]

Marc Community Resources is a private not-for-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, rehabilitation, and social services to adults with developmental and physical disabilities and behavioral health challenges.

For more information – contact Sarah O’Neill at 480-969-3800 x 219
or via email at

Caregiving Career Fair

12th Semi-Annual Kickball Tournament of Champions

12th Bi-Annual Kickball Tournament

12th Semi-Annual Kickball Tournament of Champions

12th Semi-Annual Kickball Tournament of Champions

12th Semi-Annual Kickball Tournament of Champions

This spring’s 12th Bi-Annual Kickball Tournament was an action packed, fun-filled and hotly contested day of excitement! As with past tournaments, teams from all over the Valley’s behavioral health landscape came together on March 5, 2015, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe for a wonderful day of competition and camaraderie. It was truly awesome to witness each team put forth their very best effort while demonstrating teamwork, resilience and positive attitudes, whether victorious or otherwise. (more…)

The City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board

Free community forum about mental health and substance abuse

Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board is coordinating a three-part series “Recovery and Resilience, Life after Diagnosis – Mental Health and Substance Abuse.” The first event will be held Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Marc Community Resources, 924 N. Country Club Drive, Building #1. [MAP]

The purpose of the series is to promote understanding and stigma reduction while celebrating our differences. Information and real life stories will be shared of recovery and resilience about people who have a mental illness and substance abuse who live in our community and lead fully productive lives. One primary goal of the series is to let family, friends and community members understand that there is life after a diagnosis. The program is for the general population, business community and elected and appointed officials.

The Mesa Human Relations Board is hosting the series in partnership with Marc Community Resources, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and the East Valley Firefighter Charities. Registration for the March 24 program begins at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The other meetings in the series have not yet been scheduled.

For more information, contact City of Mesa Diversity & Outreach Administrator Ruth Giese at (480) 644-5033 or

One Mesa Pledge

Join Marc in making the One Mesa Pledge

One Mesa

The One Mesa Pledge discourages discrimination on the basis of “age, color, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background or any other characteristics that make us unique individuals.”

It asks that Mesa organizations and individuals provide equal opportunities in employment, housing and hospitality and “maintain a climate for work, living and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.”

Our community is very diverse and we should embrace our differences.
If you agree please sign the Pledge at:

One Mesa Pledge

Diversity Career Fair

Diversity Career Fair – Feb. 12, 2015

Diversity Career Fair

Marc Community Resources is partnering with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Rehabilitation Services Administration to hold a Career Fair on February 12th from 1-3 pm. This is a free event for employers and job seekers. If you are interested in hosting a table or have any questions, please contact:

Bill McAllister at |or| Annie Bello at

Meet face-to-face with job seekers from across the Valley. Speak with growing companies interested in hiring you. Companies invited will represent a wide variety of industries around the Valley, including:

  • Arizona Department of Corrections
  • AZCR Staffing
  • Chandler Gilbert ARC
  • CVS
  • Department of Economic Security: Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Express Pros
  • Fellowship Square
  • Heritage Home Healthcare
  • Job Examiner
  • Lowe’s
  • Manpower
  • Marc Community Resources
  • Mastercare Homecare
  • Peckham, Inc.
  • Revana
  • RISE Services
  • S.T.A.R.
  • Safelite Auto Glass
  • Sears Holdings
  • Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC (SLS)
  • Total Transit
  • TransPerfect

Job Seekers:

  • Bring copies of your resume
  • Dress to impress

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Marc Community Resources, Inc. Corporate Office
Building 1, Training Rooms 1 & 2
924 North Country Club Drive | Mesa, AZ 85201

Diversity Career Fair - Feb. 12, 2015

Grand Opening at Freestone Rehabilitation Center

Grand Opening at Freestone Rehabilitation Center

Marc Community Resources, Inc. celebrated the opening of its doors to the Freestone Day Activity and Senior Center with the cutting of the ribbon by retired Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Tom Freestone. The center provides activities to over 220 adults at four locations with state of the art technology. These services are provided to adults who have disabilities in facility-based and community settings to provide opportunities for community inclusion, the use of naturally occurring community supports and to facilitate skill development. Maricopa County’s has a 35 year relationship with Marc Community Resources, Inc. and handed out two $100,000 grants from the Industrial Development Authority and from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
[Content provided by the Maricopa County YouTube Channel.]