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Caring for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled

Jul 26, 2018 11:00AM ● By Emily Miranda


August 2018
By Emily Miranda

Serving individuals with development disabilities since 1953, The Arc of Fresno and Madera County is celebrating its 65th year of service. Founded by a group of loving parents wishing a fulfilling life for their children, The Arc began at a local park facility in a makeshift classroom. The organization has expanded from its small beginning into a private nonprofit that encompasses two counties, serving more than 650 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

The Arc is a prime provider of programs that educate, employ and enrich the lives of the people it serves, empowering them to attain greater independence by offering everyday life experience in a supportive community. The organization wholeheartedly believes that all people are entitled to dignity and respect. They take great pride in the successes of those they serve. For, to them, The Arc is more than a place to work. It is a community centered on belonging and teamwork, providing an environment of involvement so everyone is challenged to learn, explore and grow.  

The nonprofit strives to exemplify integrity, compassion and commitment in every relationship it develops and in the services it provides, believing such traits are the hallmarks of exceptional leadership. The Arc persists to maintain a culture that inspires and encourages creativity, continually embracing each new challenge as an opportunity to improve its services. With a professional staff of 185, The Arc prioritizes that its employees are respected, accepted and appreciated for their unique strengths and important contribution to the organization’s mission. •

The Arc Fresno/Madera Counties

4490 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno • (559) 226-6268

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