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Independent living for those with intellectual disabilities


A community home for adults living with intellectual disabilities has opened its doors in Jacksonville. The Lodge, located in Jacksonville’s Intracoastal West area, is operated by The ARC Jacksonville to serve people with intellectual differences and co-occurring mental health issues. The six-unit home is next to The ARC Jacksonville’s independent living apartment facility, The Village.


  • Kari Bates, president and CEO of The Arc Jacksonville.
  • Bernadette Moran, member of the ARC Jacksonville board and mother of an ARC client.

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Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.