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FAQs

What is The Arc’s mission?

What does Intellectual and Developmental Disability mean?

Do people you support stay at The Arc overnight?

Do you have group homes?

Do people you support work at your headquarters?

Do you support children?

Does The Arc provide transportation to people?

How can I help the Arc?

How can I volunteer at The Arc?

What is the Respite House?

What is the Chocolate Ball?

How do I get a job working for The Arc?

When should I expect an interview after applying to work at The Arc?

When can I call to ask about the status of my application?

What if I can’t reach Human Resources by phone?

Do I need a valid driver’s license to work at The Arc?

What is The Arc’s Inclement Weather Policy?

What is The Arc’s Notice of Privacy Practices?


What is The Arc’s mission?

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 over 400 people and employs over 300 staff. We are dedicated to “achieving full community life for people 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.


Do people stay at The Arc overnight?

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.


Do you have group homes?

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.


Do individuals you support work at your headquarters?

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.


Do you support children?

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.


Does The Arc provide transportation to individuals you support?

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.


How can I help the Arc?

There are a variety of different ways you can help The Arc. You could volunteer, come to one of our many fundraising events, or donate to our organization.


How can I volunteer at The Arc?

The Arc is always looking for volunteers. Check out our volunteer page for current volunteer opportunities as well as the volunteer application.


What is the Respite House?

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 check our website or contact Ebony Crowell.


What is the Chocolate Ball?

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.


How do I get a job working for The Arc?

You can find our current openings at our Job Openings page. Applications can also be found online under our ‘Careers’ page.


When should I expect an interview?

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.


When can I call to check the status of my application?

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.


What if I can’t reach Human Resources by phone?

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.

You may contact Human Resources by emailing nijaparker@archoward.org.


Do I need a valid Driver license?

Yes. All applicants working with Arc individuals are required to have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report.

What is The Arc’s Inclement Weather Policy?

The Arc’s Inclement Weather policy is available to view here:  Inclement Weather Policy 2017

What is The Arc’s Notice on Privacy Practices?

The Arc’s Notice of Privacy Practices is available to view here: Notice of Privacy Practices

 

Everyone deserves to live the fullest life they can. Of all the board’s achievements, that’s the one that makes me proudest.”

— Robert Vigorito, Former Board Member, The Arc of Howard County