When the Arc of Greater New Orleans/Mardi Gras Recycle Center dropped off 4,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads, Mount Carmel’s P.E. classes, along with a few clubs, were up to the task. Buckets of beads were poured out on socially-distanced tables spread throughout the Duplantis Gym. Students in gloves and masks helped prepare the beads for resale. They sorted the beads by size, bound them together in sets of 12, and then filled purple bags with 30lbs before stacking them on pallets. The work was completed ahead of schedule – taking only one day to complete. Recycled beads help make Mardi Gras a little more eco-friendly while also helping support ArcGNO and their mission to promote the independence and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
ArcGNO’s support services include in-home assistance, job coaching and placement, daytime community integration, and coordination of infant care and therapies. Central to their mission are social enterprises that provide work and real incomes to individuals who might otherwise be unemployed.