Helpful Videos

LEARN ABOUT OUR SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS

Our Special Needs Trust program is solutions driven by empathy. A trust solves some of the problems parents worry about as they age. Our empathy makes working with us a true comfort. In this video, learn the basics. Hear from people whose lives changed after working with us.

Planning For Your Special Needs Trust

These videos cover topics you may need to know as you set up your trust.

Learn the Basics of Special Needs Trusts

Get in-depth information and advice as you begin to set up your trust. Video Length: 1 hour, 22 minutes

Learn How ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts Work

Special needs trusts and the recently developed ABLE accounts serve different needs. See how each can fit into a balanced plan. Video Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Learn How to Work with Money a Special Needs Trust

The benefits of a special needs trust come with rules. Find out what kinds of things a trust can pay for. Learn the basics of budgeting and planning to make the money last. Video Length: 1 hour, 46 minutes

How to Work with Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust

Learn how property and real estate can be handled and leveraged in Special Needs Trusts. The goal: give more housing choices for people with disabilities. Video Length: 1 hour, 52 minutes

Special Needs Planning for People in the U.S. Military

People in the military can steer their benefits to a son or daughter with a disability. It's important to do it right, though, so other government benefits are not put at risk. Video Length: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Advice on Guardianship and Social Security

These videos cover topics you may need to know as you set up your trust.

Follow These Steps to Apply for Social Security Benefits

Learn how and when to apply for adult disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Find out how the benefits work and how to use them. Learn about the appeals process in case your application is denies. Video Length: 2 hours, 9 minutes

How to Decide if Guardianship is Right for You

Learn when guardianship is the right choice and when it might not be. The video covers supported decision making, advance health care directives and powers of attorney. Video Length: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Learn the Basics about Guardianship

An introduction to guardianship for adults with disabilities. Get the basics from a legal standpoint. Learn how to set up guardianship. Video Length: 1 hour, 9 minutes

Advice for Community Life

Get tips and plans for thriving in the community.

Finding Work in the Community

Embrace the transition from high school to employment. Learn what services can help you and how to sign up. Video Length: 1 hour, 52 minutes

Find the Right Health Insurance Approach for You

Learn about the range of choices for health insurance for people with disabilities.  Video Length: 2 hours, 1 minute

Learn about Law Enforcement and People with Disabilities

People with disabilities may run into tricky circumstances with police. Thinking ahead and planning can help make sure those moments go well. Video Length: 1 hour, 57 minutes

How to Find Community Services for People with Dual Diagnoses

Learn how an individual with dual diagnoses can receive the services they need to thrive in the community. Presented by mental health and brain-injury professionals. Video Length: 1 hour, 8 minutes

Get In Touch. We Can Help.

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Tia Marsili
Director of Trusts

TMarsili@thearcofnova.org

703-208-1119, Ext 115

Tia oversees the Trust department and will be your first point of contact for new trusts.

She works with families, individuals, agencies, and attorneys throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. She specializes in educating the community, various organizations, and agencies about comprehensive Futures Planning and Special Needs Trust (SNT) services.

Tia is a professional with over 23 years of experience in the world of disabilities. She's the mother of two daughters with disabilities. She works one-to-one with families and individuals to plan futures and establish SNTs.

Born in the USA and educated in Denmark, China, and Germany, Tia is a graduate of The University of Copenhagen with a degree in Sinology. She is multi-lingual, well-traveled, and has a passion for creating systems that provide equality.

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Evelyn Gu
Assistant Director

EGu@thearcofnova.org

703-208-1119,  Ext 103

Evelyn maintains the systems and documents supporting the SNT program. She offers Trust clients daily on-site and over-the-phone support by providing personal contact with families and individuals, troubleshooting Trust account issues, and processing Trust checks and documentation.

With a background in psychology and business operations from the University of Virginia, Evelyn has worked to support efficient, high-quality service delivery for various clients.

She enjoys helping individuals and families receive the necessary information and tools they need to plan for the best possible future outcomes.

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Trinitas Nsabimana
Account Manager

TNsabimana@thearcofnova.org

703-208-1119, Ext 119

Trini is your point of contact for special needs trust spending requests.

She provides on-site and phone support to clients every day. She works closely with our clients to ensure they have timely and effective access to funds. That helps clients pay for the services they need, such as medical, dental, and vision care, vacations, clothing, furniture, and utility bills.

Trini holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of District of Columbia and has extensive experience working with a variety of clients in different sectors.

Caroline Girgenti
Advocate

CGirgenti@thearcofnova.org

703-208-1119, Ext 120

When caring for someone with a disability, you sometimes need extra help. Our professional personal advocate, Caroline Girgenti, can help in dozens of ways.

We charge an hourly rate for advocate services. Our personal advocate program is for anyone who needs the extra help in navigating disability services.

Caroline meets and works with beneficiaries and families. She helps sort through issues and goals to see what services are needed. Services range from big tasks, like finding a job, to smaller ones, like filling out forms and applications.

Caroline is an experienced Program Manager who has worked in the mental health and intellectual disabilities fields. She's skilled in nonprofit, program, and project management; as well as leadership, policy analysis, and program development. Caroline earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and holds an Masters degree from George Mason University.