The Arc of Howard County was started in 1961 by a group of parents who wanted a more fulfilling life for their children. Today, The Arc supports 750 families and people and employs over 300. We are dedicated to “achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities–one person at a time”.
What does Intellectual and Developmental Disability mean?
The term Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) means a severe chronic disability that is attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment and is present before an individual reaches the age of 22. This disability reflects the individual’s need for a combination of special, interdisciplinary services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
People don’t stay overnight at our Headquarters. The people we support have a variety of different homes. Some live in homes that we provide support for, some live with their families and some live on their own. The Arc does manage a Respite House where individuals do spend the night.
The Arc provides support for a variety of different living situations. Some of the people we support live in homes with roommates, but some live on their own.
We do have some who work in our headquarters (like Christine), but most of the people we serve are out working in the community. Look for them at your local grocery store, your hair salon or your favorite retail store.
The Arc provides some support for children like respite care, however, the majority of people we serve have left school. For more information on the services The Arc provides, please see Our Services Page.
The Arc works hard to provide the necessary supports for the people we serve. Sometimes it is transportation to and from job sites. The Arc also partners with various other transportation services around the county.
The Arc is always looking for volunteers. Check out our volunteer page for current volunteer opportunities as well as the volunteer application.
The Respite House provides care during overnights and vacations, school breaks, special requests, scheduled weekly visits and activities around special times of the year. The Respite House serves adults as well as children older than 18 months and can be for a few hours or up to five nights. For more information about the Respite House, please see our website or contact Ebony Crowell.
The Chocolate Ball is ‘The Premiere Event’ in Howard County. Now in its 20th year, The Chocolate Ball raises over $100,000 to help us provide support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about The Chocolate Ball and other Arc events, please see our Events page.
You can find our current openings at our Job Openings page. Applications can also be found online under our ‘Careers’ page.
Human Resources will be in contact with you via US mail or phone within two weeks from the date your application was submitted. Applicants are not guaranteed a first interview.
You may contact Human Resources by phone or email to address questions and/or concerns, but please refrain from calling regarding the status of your application for at least 2 weeks from the time your application was submitted for consideration.
If you are unsuccessful in your attempt by phone, be sure to leave a clear, brief message with your name and current contact information. Every effort will be made to return your call within 48 hours or as soon as possible. Also please be mindful of the high call volume received daily and keep calls to a minimum.
The Arc’s Inclement Weather policy is available to view here: Inclement Weather Policy 2017