Our Story

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  • 1961: The Anne Arundel County Associations for Retarded Children, Inc. incorporates.
  • 1967: The Arc opens the Anne Arundel County Workshop which later became Opportunity Builders, Inc. and Providence Center.
  • 1972: The Arc opens Bello Machre to provide residential services.
  • 1973: The National Association for Retarded Children becomes the National Association for Retarded Citizens.
  • 1974: The Arc begins the Infant Stimulation Program, which later became The Infant and Toddler Program.
  • 1975: The Arc opens the county’s first group home in Linthicum.
  • 1977: The Arc begins the Anne Arundel County Respite Care Program.
  • 1978: The Arc begins the Anne Arundel County Retarded Citizens Residential Homes, Inc., which later became Alternative Living, Inc. They also opened a second
    group home on Spa Drive in Annapolis and began an apartment based community living program.
  • 1981: The Arc opens Langton Green.
  • 1982: The Arc co-sponsors the “College for the Living” with Anne Arundel Community College.
  • 1987: With support from Maryland’s Developmental Disability Administration (DDA), The Arc expands family and individual support services.
  • 1990: The Arc converts the former residential home in Linthicum to a drop-off respite care home for families.
  • 1991: The Association for Retarded Citizens becomes “The Arc”
  • 1994: The Arc begins providing Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA).
  • 1998: Alternative Living, Inc. merges into The Arc of Anne Arundel County to reduce administrative costs and to create a stronger, more unified agency. All administrative services are consolidated into the newly renovated Spa Road office in Annapolis.
  • 2001: The Arc of Anne Arundel County begins coordinated outreach to the Hispanic community.
  • 2004: The Arc provides Customized Employment.
  • 2006: The Arc of Anne Arundel County opens a third office in Easton to better serve citizens on the Eastern Shore.
  • 2007: The Arc of Anne Arundel County formally changes its name to The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region, and proudly serves Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Talbot counties.
  • 2011: The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region, along with over 200 other Arc Chapters, introduces a new logo and brand – “Achieve with Us.”
  • 2012: The Arc Central Chesapeake Region expands to include Kent County.
  • 2016: The Arc celebrates 55 years since the organization was founded.