Arc Escapes

Explore the Midwest

In July of 2017, the St. Louis Arc embarked on a new adventure. Arc Escapes was created to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities an affordable and safe option to explore the Midwest.  Since the summer of 2017, the Arc has taken six weekend getaway trips with 34 individuals traveling to new cities. Trips…

Giving Tuesday

Make A Difference This Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday? Celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter, and give great. Guiding Families Last week we introduced you to the Saputo family. Peter, Susan,…

Introducing Arc’s Open Family Center

Keeping up with the information needed to make informed choices can be daunting and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by overload and anxiety. During our most recent strategic plan, the St. Louis Arc continued our commitment to provide families with information when they need it and in a variety of formats to meet each person’s learning…

Employee working at deli

Supported Employment

Empowering All October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The benefits to work include financial independence and security, increased self-confidence, personal…

Supported Decision Making

How did you make decisions in the last month? Did you get advice about a medical procedure, google information about car repairs, or talk to your best friend about a relationship issue? We all get support for decision-making. Why can’t the same be true for a person with a disability? An Alternative to Guardianship Arc…

Building Leadership for a Lifetime

The St. Louis Arc is committed to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families as they pursue the lives they want and deserve. A key component of support is advocacy.  The Arc has partnered with disability advocate Larry Opinsky to offer a six-part advocacy training – Arc Advocates Building Leadership for…

Mark with Co-Chairs

A Sunny and Successful Autism Invitational

The St. Louis Arc welcomed eighty golfers to the scenic Boone Valley Golf Club for the 8th Annual Autism Invitational. This year’s tournament raised more than $185,000 to support autism and behavior services programs for over 1,000 children and adults with autism in the St. Louis community. New to the tournament this year, golfers were…

Playing golf

Celebrating 30 Years of Golf

This summer the St. Louis Arc’s Leisure Services celebrated 30 years of its highly popular golf program. The program began in 1988 at the suggestion of volunteer John Russell. John worked with Arc staff, as well as Mike Miller from Paradise Valley Golf Course to get the program up and running. Thirty years later, the…

St. Louis Arc Strategic Plan 2019-2022

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….

School Supplies

St. Louis Arc Kids Need Your Help

For many mid-July seems too early to start thinking of kids returning to school. However many St. Louis schools begin classes in less than 30 days! With less than a month before school starts, St. Louis Arc kids need your help. Now in its 14th year, the St. Louis Arc Back to School Drive supports…