The Arc of Sabine finds help from a local business owner to move forward into a new facility.
Last week, the Arc of Sabine was destroyed in an arson fire after former client, Brett Shoemaker, set fire to the storage area.
The center provides a one-stop-shop for people with special needs. They lost their office space, but now are working temporarily out of home nearby.
“It’s just been a lot of teamwork over the last week and I appreciate everyone. We’re going to overcome this and get back into business,” said Wayne Martinez, director of the Arc of Sabine.
The home was provided by the owner of Boyen’s Hardware. He recently got out of business but offered his building to become the future Arc of Sabine. Fortunately for the Arc team, it’s right next door.
“Good timing for us and we’re in the process now of getting it licensed and up to date with codes and those type things,” Martinez said.
They lost huge amounts of documents during the fire so employees are working to redo what paperwork they can.
“We’re going to miss that place a lot. I’ve been here 20 years. We’ll get used to it. It’s new environment and it’s a nice house,” said Kenya Sweet, medical assistant, Arc of Sabine.
She said each of their 78 clients are being taken care of in the meantime.
They hope to be able to start moving into Boyen’s Hardware store in the next few days. They do plan to keep and renovate their building that burned down.