The Arc Howard County

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About Us

“Achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — one person at a time” is the mission of The Arc of Howard County.

Full community life means allowing individuals to express their choices and have confidence that others will honor those choices; ensuring that those we support are able to choose how and with whom they spend their time, and are able to work at a challenging and rewarding job.

The Arc of Howard County’s Programs and Services include:

  • Employment
  • Family and Individual Support
  • Respite Care
  • Residential
  • Day Program
  • Supported Retirement
  • Project SEARCH

Growing to Meet Needs

This year, the organization that began in 1961 as a volunteer parent support group will touch the lives of more than 750 individuals. The Arc is the oldest and largest non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Howard County. From our experienced professional staff to our skilled job coaches and dedicated residential counselors, The Arc is people helping people in the most fundamental ways.

Since its inception over 50 years ago, The Arc has grown from a small group of parents to one of the county’s largest employers. Today, we have over 300 staff members and hundreds of volunteers. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed – We still provide individual services from one person to another.

I’m so grateful for the young women who enthusiastically welcome me and show me that they are ‘strong women’. I’ve been blessed to have met so many wonderful, eager to learn people. I truly love what I do.”

— Cherise Petty, Volunteer