The Arc of Howard County is a private nonprofit organization that began as a parent support group in 1961. Its initial grass roots support has grown into a multi-service agency that provides supports for nearly 300 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Program areas include: residential, community integration services (day, supported retirement and Community Development), Supported Employment, Personal Supports, ISS and Respite.
The Arc of Howard County employs over 300 staff who are dedicated to providing person centered supports that help people live fully integrated lives in their community.
The Arc of Howard County is an agency dedicated to four principles (known as The Arc Howard Way) that serve as the cornerstone of our organization. These principles reflect our priorities and are our guideposts to embrace the meaning of our mission. They are:
The Arc of Howard County commits to a person-centered approach so that each person we support can access optimal opportunities to achieve their goals.
The Arc of Howard County commits to providing community-based experiences so that people we support can benefit from full integration and live enviable lives at home, at work and at play.
The Arc of Howard County commits to providing the necessary supports for people seeking employment, day habilitation, residential, retirement and respite services.
The Arc of Howard County commits to providing the appropriate training and support of staff so they can best administer optimal support to people with disabilities.