We believe that individuals, regardless of ability, should be able to live, work, play and socialize in their community. The Arc believes that everyone can be an active, productive, valued member of his or her community. Qualified, trained staff provides specialized assistance tailored to an individual’s needs – anywhere from a few hours a week to 24-hour-a-day support. The Arc provides services to over 223 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 5 counties within Maryland to include Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Kent, Caroline and Dorchester. The Arc assists individuals to live a life of greater independence and self worth resulting in people leading more self directed lives. The Arc takes pride in creating family like living situations and helps foster meaningful relationships to enhance the quality of life for the people we support.
Qualified, trained staff provides specialized assistance tailored to an individual’s needs – anywhere from a few hours a week to 24-hour-a-day support.
The Arc assists people in finding roommates, whether or not the individual is receiving services from The Arc. In addition, The Arc helps individuals find apartments or homes of their own.
To make community living more affordable, The Arc helps in applying for and gaining access to all government benefits including rent subsides, food stamps, SSI, energy assistance, Medicare and Medicaid.
Opening Doors – A Home of Your Own Project enables individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities to rent or own homes, ultimately achieving independent living in the community of their choice. Our primary goal is the availability of statewide opportunities for “self-controlled and self-determined housing.”
The Arc is working with housing specialists in the County to find homes, assist in securing funding and provide home ownership training.
Megan, 38, has been living in her own home for three years now. She says:
“I love it. It makes me feel independent and like I am just like everyone else. I am proud it is all mine! Also, I can hang a birdfeeder outside my window. I love watching the birds. I also like hanging out with my neighbors and watching the kids play ball in the street.”