History of The Arc
Dorothy Bass-Tolberg places an ad in the weekly Potomac News seeking other families of children with developmental disabilities who had no educational opportunities in our community.
Eight families begin the Retarded Children’s Training Center in Woodbridge and incorporate a local chapter of the Association for Retarded Children.
The Didlake School is founded by a group of parents living in the Manassas area; they incorporate as the Manassas Association for Retarded Children.
Retarded Children’s Training Center moves to the old Bethel School and is dedicated as the Muriel Humphrey School.
Our first program for adults with developmental disabilities begins, the first in Prince William County.
Our first group home opens in the Evansdale section of Dale City with six women and a new corporation, INSIGHT, is formed to oversee development and operation of residential services.
The two Associations turn over the education of all children with disabilities to the county school system and donate the Ann Ludwig School and the New Dominion School to the county school system.
Muriel Humphrey changes to a developmental child care center and Didlake becomes an incorporated work program for adults.
Supported Living Program begins.
Spinaweb, our weaving shop in Occoquan, opens for business.
The two Associations for Retarded Citizens merge to serve our citizens more effectively.
Robert Day Child Care Center opens in Manassas.
First Circle of Support Conference conducted.
Renovation of and addition to the Triangle Vocational Center (VOSAC and Little Creek) completed.
Board of Directors votes to construct addition to Muriel Humphrey Center to meet the growing demand for services.
U. S. Department of Justice signs a settlement with the Commonwealth of Virginia; part of that settlement calls for closure of state institutions, including the Northern Virginia Training Center.
Three story addition to Muriel Humphrey Center and renovations completed; building opened with no mortgage. We open our first group home for residents leaving the Northern Virginia Training Center.
VOSAC II opens.
50th Anniversary of The Arc
VOSAC III opens
55th Anniversary of The Arc
Our transportation fleet now includes 45 vehicles.
Our recreation program continues to offer primarily virtual events. Even during a pandemic, the program offers Bingo, birthday parties, book club, microwave cooking classes, and even dances.
We now serve nearly 100 individuals in 17 group homes and 11 supported living sites.
Little Creek Mobile Crew – once the pandemic is over – will continue to expand with additional work sites.
Family support (through virtual workshops, information and referral, virtual support groups, and chair yoga) serves over 1,000 every year. Once the pandemic is over, we hope to continue the Circle of Support Conference.
Spinaweb is one of the longest continuously operated business in Occoquan and now sells merchandise worldwide.
Muriel Humphrey and Robert Day Child Care Centers continue to serve those children who cannot receive services in traditional centers.
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