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Community Connection Through Dance

For more than thirty years, Mike P. has been attending the St. Louis Arc Club South Dance. What started as a fun activity to do on Friday nights, has transformed into friendships, purpose, and ongoing community connection.   In the beginning, Mike was an observer at the dances. He listened to the band, and watched others…

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Family Navigators

With hundreds of private and state programs supporting more than 4,000 individuals and families, navigating the vast world of supports at the St. Louis Arc can be overwhelming. Additionally, as individuals develop and age, so may their needs and interests. The Arc strives to assist people in finding the right resources, whether offered internally or externally. The Arc has identified several key staff roles to…

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Honoring FASD Awareness Month

The St. Louis Arc kicked off International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) month with an information session on the effects of alcohol on pregnancy. September 9 is recognized as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD Awareness Day. This day, the 9th day of the 9th month, symbolizes the 9-months of pregnancy that a woman should remain alcohol free….

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Strategic Plan 2023-2026

What is Strategic Planning Strategic planning is a process used by nonprofit agencies, businesses, and organizations, which empowers agencies to review and evaluate programs while planning for the future. The process provides an opportunity to reassess services and ensure that an agency is doing their best to fulfill their mission. Every four years, the St….

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Fall 2022 Leisure Registration Open

Registration is now open for  the St. Louis Arc’s Fall 2022 leisure session. Explore the Fall 2022 Leisure Times for a variety of in-person and virtual programs offered throughout the fall. The deadline for registration is Friday, August 26, 2022. How to Register We encourage individuals to take advantage of our secure, online registration method….

Virtual Programs

The St. Louis Arc is now partnering with the Arc of the U.S. to promote virtual programs for people with IDD through their New Virtual Program Library. The Library includes programs and resources throughout the United States for individuals, families, and service providers to access virtually. St. Louis Arc Virtual Programs Family Support Workshop with…

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Volunteer Appreciation Month 

The month of April is a dedicated time to celebrate the amazing impact made by volunteers. At the St. Louis Arc, volunteers are a vital part of supporting participants and programs. Thank you to each volunteer for providing meaningful experiences to people we support!    During the pandemic, volunteers have continued to provide unique support while…

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Respite Re-Enrollment Process Underway

St. Louis Arc’s ARCH program (Assistance with Residential Care in the Home) can give family members caring for a child or adult with an intellectual or developmental disability, extra support. ARCH, also referred to as “respite”, reimburses primary caregivers at a standard rate for short-term relief services. These services can be received either in their own…

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Arc in the City

St. Louis Arc in the City Delmar DivINe, a new, innovative collaborative space in the city’s West End neighborhood, is now the home to several of the St. Louis Arc’s established programs. The new location also offers new opportunities as the Arc continues to offer supports to city residents with disabilities.  The St. Louis Arc…

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In-Person Leisure Programs

The St. Louis Arc is excited to offer programs both in-person and virtually for the spring and summer session! Leisure Services has worked hard to continuously offer opportunities for people with and without disabilities to stay connected and engaged. As area COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, the Arc is offering options for participants to safely…