St. Louis Arc

Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families Since 1950

St. Louis Arc Mourns longtime friend Jack Phelan, in whose honor the Jack Phelan Fund for Children was created in 2012

St. Louis Arc mourns the loss of former board member Jack Phelan, a key figure in our history. Read more about Jack's impact on St. Louis Arc's services. If you would like to make a gift to the Fund in Jack’s memory, please click here.

Spring Break Camp at the St. Louis Arc!

Looking for something cool to do during Spring Break? Join us at Camp Warson on March 23 - 27 for an exciting week of fun!!!

Feb. 20-22: All Leisure Programs Cancelled

Feb. 20: Due to the inclement weather, all Leisure programs have been cancelled for the weekend of Feb. 20 - 22.

Trivia Night 2015 Wins an Oscar!

The St. Louis Arc’s Hollywood-inspired Trivia Night received a standing ovation for raising more than $29,000!

Today is United Way 2-1-1 Day!

Help us spread the word about this valuable resource that connects hundreds of thousands of residents in Missouri and Illinois to the help they need.

Feb. 24: St. Louis Arc Night with the Blues

Cheer on the St. Louis Blues as they take on the Montreal Canadiens, plus $7 of every ticket benefits the St. Louis Arc!

2015 Family Workshop Brochure

The 2015 Winter-Spring Family Workshop Series is now available for you to download!

2014 Annual Giving Campaign

Meet Liam and learn about his journey with the St. Louis Arc.

St. Louis Arc Night Under the Dome

How would you like to enjoy a nationally-televised Rams game on Dec. 11, while helping your friends at the St. Louis Arc?

Sign Up for 16th Annual Shoot-N-Hoops Clinic!

Calling all basketball players--and fans! Join the Webster University Men's basketball team as they challenge you on the court with drills and fun on Sunday, December 7th.

Dec. 12: Family Fun Night at Zoo Wild Lights!

Join your St. Louis Arc friends for our Family Fun Night on Dec. 12 at the St. Louis Zoo! RSVP by Dec. 5th!

MFH Grant Supports St. Louis Arc

Missouri Foundation For Health Grant Supports St. Louis Arc’s Advocacy Efforts

Early Start Denver Model Arrives at the Arc

The St. Louis Arc and Mercy Kids Autism Center have teamed up to offer the Early Start Denver Model to children on the autism spectrum. Read all about it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch!

Oct. 4: Arc In the Park

Join friends and families of the St. Louis Arc for an afternoon of fun and games!

St. Louis Arc Connect Program

Are you interested in living on your own, but want support? Join us on Tues., Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. to hear about the St. Louis Arc Connect Program.

Sept. 7-13: Direct Support Professional Week

Make sure to thank a Direct Support Professional this week!

Showdown for the St. Louis Arc

160 card sharks put on their poker faces for St. Louis Arc programs.

School Is In Session!

The St. Louis Arc’s 2014 School Supply Drive was an amazing success due to the generosity of employees from Wells Fargo Advisors.

That's a Winner!

Capable Kids and Families(R) spend an evening at the Ballpark!

Take me out to the ballgame!

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong meets with his adorable St. Louis Arc fans!

St. Louis Arc's 24th Annual Golf Tournament

Country Club of St. Albans

Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers and golfers for all of their support!

May 17: Party In the Parking Lot

Bring your friends and dance the night away at St. Louis Arc's 2nd Annual Party in the Parking Lot!

Give STL Day - what a day!

The St. Louis community banded together and raised over a million dollars for area non profits. What an amazing feat!

A Night of Superheroes

The April 24th Superheroes for Kids event at The Palladium was a night to remember. Watch this amazing video about how the therapists at the St. Louis Arc positively affect the lives of children with disabilities.

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

The St. Louis Arc offers many support and networking groups for teens, 20-somethings and the moms of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

April 11-13: Attend the ThurtenE Carnival & support the Arc!

Washington University's ThurtenE Carnival raises money each year for local organizations and for 2014 the St. Louis Arc is one of the benefit charities! Stop by the Chi Omega Beta performance and support the Arc!

Creative Music Making Concert: March 26

Join musicians from the St. Louis Arc, Maryville University, and the St. Louis Symphony for a free community concert on March 26 at the Maryville University Auditorium at 7:00 p.m

February is Londoff Love Month

Are you in the market for a new car? For each new vehicle sold during February, Johnny Londoff Chevrolet will donate $100 to the St. Louis Arc. Are you kiddin' me?! Read on for details.

Wanted: 250,000 people to step up and volunteer!

Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's article about stl250's ambitious goal of engaging 250,000 people to volunteer for one million hours of service over the course of a year. The Post spent an evening interviewing and taking photos of the St. Louis Arc's amazing volunteers at our monthly Club South dance!

Jan. 8: SUCCEED Question & Answer Session

If you are thinking about applying to the SUCCEED certificate program at UMSL, we have an opportunity to answer your last minute questions and review the application process.

St. Louis Arc Resident featured on KSDK-Channel 5

Our very own St. Louis Arc resident, Dennis Basler, was profiled on KSDK about his love of comic books and how people all over the world are making this Christmas one he'll never forget!

St. Louis Arc Giving Tree Campaign

Today is the last day to give! We hope you'll remember Arc families in need this holiday season.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Dedication Honors Jack Phelan

Arc friends and families honored former Board Member Jack Phelan with the dedication of the Jack Phelan Board Room at the St. Louis Arc Family Center, October 10, 2013.

Pictured (left to right): John Beuerlein of Edward Jones, Board Member Dave Mayo, also of Edward Jones, President & CEO Kathy Meath, Miss Taylor Pennington, Jack Phelan, Sally Phelan, Board Chairperson Kathie Winter, and Board Member Pat Galvin.

Training Self Advocates for Action

About 15 Arc self-advocates, their family members, caregivers and Arc staff traveled to Jefferson City recently as part of an Advocacy training workshop led by Amanda Beals of Paraquad.

Click to learn more & see how you can take part in upcoming trainings!

CANCELLED: Arc in the Park is cancelled today.

In the interest of safety and with the strong possibility of severe weather, we are calling off the event today at Tiemeyer Park.

Calling all Arc families!

During the month of September, the St. Louis Arc plans to honor its many dedicated staff members for their service and we would like to include Arc families in our celebration.

Please share with us a positive memory or moment about a St. Louis Arc team member who has impacted you and your family.

You can do so by clicking here and filling out this form by August 26. 

Join the Arc and walk for Autism!


Once again, the St. Louis Arc will be organizing a team for the Autism Speaks walk on Saturday, October 12 at Central Field in Forest Park. Sign up today!

Londoff Chevrolet Spreads the Love to the Arc

St. Louis Arc Board Member Johnny Londoff was kind enough to include the Arc in his company's February promotion.

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Superheroes For Kids!

Caped crusaders and masked avengers descended upon the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on April 11 for the first-ever "Superheroes For Kids" fundraiser.

"Superheroes" David and Mary Steward with Kathy Meath, President and CEO of St. Louis Arc

Legislative Action Alert: We Need Your Help!


The Budget Conference Committee will be meeting to review and vote on the Missouri Department of Mental Health Budget. WE NEED YOU to contact the following people who serve on this committee and represent the St. Louis and surrounding area.

St. Louis Arc’s 3rd Annual Family Resource Market

Don’t miss this free opportunity on Tuesday, April 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Arc Family Center. Learn more about key programs and resources available in the St. Louis area to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Spring/Summer Leisure Brochure Available Online

Don't miss out on your chance to register for Arc programs such as golf, softball and walking club!

Join us for the Creative Music Making Concert on April 10

Come see St. Louis Arc participants perform at Powell Symphony Hall on April 10!

All C.I., Residential & Administrative offices Will Be Closed on 3/25

All of the St. Louis Arc Community Integration (C.I.)sites, residential and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, March 25 due to the weather. The AARP tax preparation is cancelled and is rescheduled for April 1st.

Spread the Word to End the Word

On March 6 St. Louis Arc participants, support staff and families traveled to FOUR locations to perform their “All You Need Is Love” Flash Mob.

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 1st officially kicks-off National Developmental Disability Awareness month.

St. Louis Arc Receives Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership.

CQL Accreditation signifies that an organization is committed to the principles of person-centered services.

The Spring 2013 Family Workshop Brochure Is Available

The Family Workshop Series is FREE and open to everyone.

St. Louis Arc Honored by RCGA

St. Louis Arc is named a "Top 50 Business" by the RCGA.

Arc In the Park is Still On!

The October 6th Arc In the Park will still take place, despite the weather!

Advocacy Time!

As the election season rolls into full gear, the St. Louis Arc is providing a great opportunity to advocate on behalf of your loved ones.

The Fall Family Workshop Series Has Arrived!

The St. Louis Arc's Family Workshop Series are FREE and open to everyone.

Fall and Winter Leisure Brochure Available

Don't miss out on your chance to register for Arc programs such as basketball, book club, R&R Camp and more!

Belle Center Merges Into St. Louis Arc

Two great organizations join forces to serve even more St. Louis families.

Belle Center Merges Into St. Louis Arc

Two great organizations join forces to serve even more St. Louis families.

The Arc Scores a Hole In One

Annual golf tournament sets record number of golfers and donations.

Arc Participates in the Walk Run 'n Roll

This family-friendly event raised both funds and awareness for people with developmental disabilities throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles communitities.

The Arc Receives Grant from St. Anthony's

St. Anthony’s Physician Ambassadors grant $5,000 to Capable Kids and Families.

Spring Break at the Arc

From March 19 – 23, the St. Louis Arc hosted its second annual "Camp Warson."

St. Louis Arc Flash Mobs Descend on Three Landmarks!

In honor of the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign and March as the Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, the St. Louis Arc performed a Flash Mob to Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T" at three St. Louis Landmarks.

Photo Credit: Rob McLean/

St. Louis Arc Visits the White House

President Obama addresses leaders of the Arc of the United States.

The St. Louis Arc Visits the White House

St. Louis Arc President & CEO, Kathy Meath, has been invited to the White House to advocate for people with disabilities.

Registration Is Open for 13th Annual Shoot 'n Hoops

Are you ready for some action on the basketball court? We hope you’ll join us for the St. Louis Arc’s 13th Annual Shoot 'n Hoops Clinic on Nov. 13

Summer Fun at the Arc

As two of our biggest summer programs wind down, we'd like to thank everyone who helped make them possible!

Fiesta Fundraiser: Join Us at Casa Gallardo!

We hope you'll take time out to dine at any Casa Gallardo location on Thursday, July 28. A portion of all proceeds will be donated back to the St. Louis Arc!

Tell Congress: Don't Cut Our Lifeline!

As federal lawmakers debate the budget, we need to make sure Medicaid stays intact for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

St. Louis Arc Young Friends Event

We hope you'll join us for a fun kick-off event as the St. Louis Arc launches its new Young Friends group!

St. Louis Arc Named Ladue News Charity Award Winner!

We were thrilled to be among three winners in the publication's annual Charity Awards!

Dine Out for the St. Louis Arc

Looking for lunch or dinner plans this Wednesday? Here's a great way to eat well AND support the St. Louis Arc!

Advocacy Update: Thank YOU!

Last Friday, June 10, we got great news from Jefferson City! Here's the update, and a big thank you to all of our amazing Arc advocates!

Enjoy the Changes!

Our new website design has a couple of new features we hope you'll check out and use often!

Arc Joins "Do Good 2 Feel Good" Effort

A group of adults who participate in our Community Integration day program had a blast helping out their friends at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, and getting in a good workout at the same time!

Staff Appreciation at the St. Louis Arc

Our employees are what makes our agency so terrific...that's why we were so happy to recognize their efforts with a special party.

Thank You, Volunteers!

As we close out National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we want to thank the people who donate their time, talent and efforts to the people we support and their families.

Calling All Dads!

The St. Louis Arc invites you to our newest networking and support group, just for fathers.

Advocacy Challenge: Help Needed Now!

The Missouri State Senate is poised to pass the House version of the 2012 budget...and we need to make sure one very important measure is included.

Cruel to Be Kind

We hope you'll join us as we explore the important issue of bullying with help from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

A Busy Week at the Arc

We've got *so* much going on this week at the St. Louis Arc Centene Family Center!

A Special Evening of Advocacy

The St. Louis Arc is partnering with UMSL to bring advocate, attorney and author Areva Martin to town for a special presentation.

St. Louis Arc Announces Candidate for ANCOR's DSP of the Year

We congratulate Career Consultant Michele Peterson and wish her the best of luck during the nomination process!

Washington University Opens IDDRC

The new center for intellectual and developmental disabilities research opened on Tuesday, March 1 with a symposium and reception.

You Like Us, You Really Like Us!

We hope you'll help the St. Louis Arc reach 1,000 "likes" on its Facebook page!

It's Almost Trivia Time!

Sick of all this winter weather? We hope you'll make plans to join us at the Arc's "Island Retreat" tropical-themed trivia night.

Music Therapy Sessions Offered

The St. Louis Arc is pleased to offer a new partnership with Maryville University, aimed at getting the people we support to make music and have a lot of fun!

Arc Reminds Expecting Moms to "Go the Whole 9"

St. Louis Arc staffer Julia Schaffner shared the "Go the Whole 9" message on KSDK-TV December 18, 2010.

Arc Volunteers Assist at Variety's "Bikes for Kids" Event

The people supported by the St. Louis Arc live, work, play and volunteer throughout our community. On Saturday, December 11, they partnered with Variety to help give back.

Drop and Shop Offered for Families

We hope that you'll take advantage of the St. Louis Arc's new Drop and Shop program, designed to make your holiday season a bit smoother.

Advocacy Panel Held at the Arc

Tuesday, November 9, more than 60 people attended the St. Louis Arc's panel discussion about how to effeively advocate on behalf of a loved one. It's an important topic as services to people with developmental disabilities face further cuts during these difficult economic times.

St. Louis Arc President/CEO Kathy Meath fielded questions from the audience about how to best advocate on behalf of a loved one.

Arc Athletes Play in Hometown Huddle

The St. Louis Arc was thrilled to take part in the event, sponsored by the United Way and the St. Louis Rams.

Rams linebacker David Vobora, Arc participant Grace Mehan and Rams Community Outreach Coordinator Tyler DeCost take time out from the Hometown Huddle to pose for a photo.

Arc Green Machines Play at SIUE

The St. Louis Arc's soccer team participated in a half-time scrimmage at SIUE's Korte Field. The Green Machines soccer team had a great time!

Arc athlete Kathryn Buchanan dribbles the ball downfield during the October 3 scrimmage.

Diamond Ball Dress (and Suit) Drive

We've got an easy way for you to help the St. Louis Arc AND declutter your closet!

Capable Kids and Families Playgroup

It's another milestone for the St. Louis Arc's Family Center: our first-ever Capable Kids and Families playgroup at our new location!

Playing is both therapeutic and fun at the Arc's Capable Kids and Families playgroups.

Deal Me In: Volunteers Still Needed for Poker Night

We'd love to have YOU involved with the St. Louis Arc's upcoming Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament!

Last year's winners of the St. Louis Arc Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament.

Welcome to Our New Home!

The St. Louis Arc has moved! We couldn't be more thrilled with our new Family Center.

The St. Louis Arc's new Family Center is located at 1177 N. Warson Road in Creve Coeur.

St. Louis Arc "Teams Up" With Deloitte for 3rd Annual Softball Tournament

The St. Louis Arc/Deloitte softball tournament was a huge success, with nearly 200 people in attendance!

Everyone had a great time at the 3rd annual Deloitte/St. Louis Arc softball tournament!

20th Annual St. Louis Arc Golf Tournament Raises $240,000

Despite the heat, more than 200 golfers hit the links and took part in the St. Louis Arc's largest fundraiser!

Arc participant Isabel Hogan was one of the stars of the day. She's joined here by St. Louis Arc board member Sue Engelhardt and event co-chair Irl Engelhardt.

Ladies Who Lunch: Arc Participants Greet Red Hatters

The St. Louis Arc's North County Community Integration program was thrilled to welcome members of the St. Louis Red Hatters for a special spring luncheon.

Arc participant Barb Friedman receives her Red Hat pin. The Red Hatters recently visited North County CI for a special luncheon.

St. Louis Arc Core Values Award Winner Announced

The St. Louis Arc Core Values award is awarded annually to the team that best represents our agency's core values. This year's winner is the team at Olian for the ways it embodied our values of Respect, Partership and Continuity.

The staff at Olian (from left) Pat Harkins, Kelly Strum-Arconobi, Andrea McClain, Tracy Thomas, Charmaine Drake, Danielle Webster. Not pictured- Alison Crane, Rebecca May, Ty Sheard, Clea Charleston.

St. Louis Arc Employee Recognized as ANCOR's DSP of the Year

Ola Pennington has been a direct support professional for more than 30 years and has worked with the St. Louis Arc's Parents Learning Together programs for 18 years. She is an inspiration to all of us!

Ola Pennington is ANCOR's choice for Missouri's DSP of the Year.

University Students Spend Week at the St. Louis Arc

The St. Louis Arc was thrilled to welcome a group of thirteen Northwestern University students who volunteered the entire week with us!

These are the thirteen Northwestern University studetns who spent their "Alternative Spring Break" volunteering with the St. Louis Arc.

Capable Kids and Families Featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

We were thrilled to get the word out about the St. Louis Arc's newest program!

Capable Kids and Families supports children and their families throughout the St. Louis area.

St. Louis Arc Trivia Night a "Groovy" Success

Trivia Night has been a St. Louis Arc favorite for eight years now. Since this is our 60th anniversary, we decided on a 1960's theme. The event, held Friday, March 5 at the Maryland Heights Centre, was one psychedelic success!

The Arc's Trivia Night was one terrific, tie-dyed success!

Darrius: Arc's Terrific Talent

Meet Darrius. He’s a young man supported through the St. Louis Arc’s Leisure program. Darrius is an accomplished and talented musician and his first recital was recently featured on KSDK-TV. You can’t help but be moved when you hear Darrius sing, play piano and guitar. We hope you enjoy his music as much as we do-- Click the headline for a link to KSDK's video.

Darrius' recital

Realizing a Young Man's Dream

One of the St. Louis Arc’s favorite programs is called Neighborhood Experiences. It’s an award-winning summer program in which young people go out into the community, volunteer and get valuable experience which will help them when they go to find their first job. Check out the link to take a closer look!

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