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Love is in the Air

St. Louis Arc helps people with disabilities, through various supports, live their best lives and to be part of their community. Many of us consider a number of factors when determining what our best lives will look like. Jobs, friends, family, hobbies, significant others – all contribute to what we consider meaningful and what we…

A Season for Celebration

As 2018 comes to a close, we are grateful for the successes of the year. We have the privilege to celebrate with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families as they achieve goals, reach milestones, and live their best lives. We are grateful to the many generous supporters whose donations to the Arc…

Meet Chakeeta

Chakeeta Thomas grew up in north St. Louis County.  She loved to learn new things, however she recognized early on that learning was a challenge.  She struggled at home, sharing a small space with her grandmother and two brothers. In spite of her obstacles, Chakeeta made it a goal to live independently. Through hard work…

Meet the Seger Family

When first meeting the Seger family, most people will be immediately drawn to the energetic, smiling young brothers. These boys are typical brothers – they argue, are competitive, they play fight, and they watch out for each other. The Seger family has been part of the St. Louis Arc since 2013. Both Tanner and Dominic…

Jello Mold

A Lifetime of Memories

My mother was an amazing cook. Honestly, everyone wanted a care package from her when they were sick. Her Thanksgiving feast for her family of 10, and all their mates and friends, were massive and legendary.  One of my mother’s traditional Thanksgiving dishes, however, rarely got eaten – the lime green Jell-O ring with pineapples and…

Meet the Saputos

Guiding Families

At the St. Louis Arc, supporting the whole family is a vital part of our mission. No one understands that more than the Saputo family. Peter and Susan Saputo are quintessential St. Louisans. Born and raised here, they met, married and brought twin boys, Jack and Joe, into the world 18 years ago. Susan states,…

St. Louis Arc – What’s in a Name?

It started with a small seed in the 1950s: an idea that all children had the right to an education, medical care and places to play, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Back in 1950, there weren’t many choices if you had a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). Services and supports were…

Sand Volleyball Meetup group

CONNECTing Your Gifts to Building Community

On Wednesday, May 2, St. Louis Arc will participate in Give STL Day. The event is a 24-hour, online day-of-giving designed to ignite the spirit of giving across the region and support causes in the St. Louis area where we live, work, and play. In 2012, we were asked to create a social opportunity for…

Make Your Voice Heard in 2018

The start of a new year brings a fresh perspective to many, and new opportunities to initiate change. It is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the potential in the year to come.  As we reflect on 2017, we see a year that provided self-advocates and their allies many…