In 2011, the agency purchased the 211 E. Franklin Building in Downtown Appleton with intentions to relocate the offices to increase visibility in the community and accessibility to our participants by being closer to public transit.
In 2013, both agencies relocated to the 211 E. Franklin Building and in a progressive, collaborative, and cost saving effort, Arc and NAMI offered to lease office spaces to other nonprofits at a very affordable rate. By 2014, the building was at capacity housing 6 nonprofits in the building and offering common areas as meeting spaces to tenants and others nonprofits in the community.
It was also on July 18th, 2014, that the board voted with input from participants, families, staff and donors to change the agency name from The Arc Fox Cities, Inc. to SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. to better reflect the hopes of our participants and our mission. This would also assist in breaking the stigma associated with the “R” word associated with agency’s previous names.
We have already received positive feedback from the name change:
“I’m happy to see the name change. When we would use the old name to share with friends the activities our child is involved in, I believe there was an immediate limit in their minds associated with the use of the “R” word in its title.”
“Thank goodness! I have been waiting for this change.”
Presently, SOAR Fox Cities a membership of over 1,000 individuals, families and corporations in the Fox Valley area. SOAR Fox Cities strives to Empower People with Differing Abilities.
This is an exciting time for us as we move forward with energy around new initiatives. Our organization abounds with opportunities for participants and volunteers. With our recent move to downtown Appleton and proximity to bus routes, we have increased our visibility to the community and access to our participants. Now is the time to focus on building for the future. With your generous support we can ensure that SOAR has a solid foundation. Together, the sky is the limit.