History

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region started with a promise by a group of parents who envisioned a different future for their children with a disability then was available in 1961.  Since then, The Arc has grown dramatically and now serves thousands of people with disabilities and their families each year. The Arc’s programs and services support the full spectrum of a person’s life, from birth through retirement, and all the joys and opportunities in between.

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1978

The Arc begins the Anne Arundel County Retarded Citizens Residential Homes, Inc.

This 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.

1998

Alternative Living, Inc. merges with The Arc of Anne Arundel County to reduce administrative costs and to create a stronger, more unified agency.

All administrative services are consolidated into an office on Spa Road in Annapolis, now The Arc’s Annapolis Regional Office. Kate Rollason becomes the Executive Director of the combined organization.

2007

The Arc of Anne Arundel County formally changes its name to The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region.

Recognizing its regional approach to providing services in Maryland, The Arc of Anne Arundel County formally changes its name to The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region. The Arc, with support from Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration, begins to pilot Fiscal Management Services, supporting people to self-direct their lives.

2008

The Arc creates Chesapeake Neighbors

Chesapeake Neighbors is a nonprofit focused on housing for people with disabilities and those with low income.

2014

The Arc purchases new corporate headquarters.

The Arc purchases 1328-30 Donald Avenue in Severn to create a new corporate headquarters and community use space.

 

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