1954 – Day Care Training Class Started
1957 – Sheltered Workshop Established (Became Skills, Inc. in 1960)
1961 – Carousel Preschool Opened
1965 – Rainbow Preschool
1965 – Home Visitor Referral Service
1966 – Centre County Chapter, PARC Receiver of Benjamin Rush Award
1972 – Gateway Preschool
1972 – First Centre County PARC Administrator – Delbert McEwen
1972 – Woodruff House Opened
1973 – Centre County PARC Office Established
1976 – College Avenue House Opened
1976 – First Centre County PARC Activities Director
1978 – First Recreation/Friendship Director
1979 – CETA Summer Work Program Started
1980 – University Drive Apartment Program
1981 – PARC became ARC
1983 – ARC Received $22,644.58 from Phi Kappa Psi to start the Job Support Program
1984 – PROGRESS Grant Awarded
1986 – Bob Mochan Became Executive Director
1986 – Rainbow moved to Heritage Oaks
1986 – Woodruff House Sold, ARC Purchased: Fairwood Lane, Forest Edge
1987 – Bellefonte and State College School Districts Contributed Money to the Adult Vocational Program
1987 – First Bellefonte Day Camp
1988 – Family Support Services Began
1988 – K.I.D.S. Proposal Funded for 3 Years
1989 – Laurelton/ARC Monitoring Program Began
1989 – North Allen House opened
1990 – Rainbow Preschool Integrated and Peer Support Network Founded
1991 – Bob Mochan Resigned as Executive Director
1991 – Laurelton and ARC Job Support Grant Funded
1991 – Peer Support Network Became Speak-Out
1992 – Effie Jenks became Executive Director
1992 – ARC office Relocated, Burrowes Street Office Sold
1992 – Family Support Program Expanded
1992 – Family Living Program Expanded
1992 – Easter Seal Society & ARC Co-Sponsor Summer Camp Program
1992 – Rainbow Preschool Moved to New Location
1993 – Development Disability Planning Council Grant Funded
1993 – Department of Community Affairs Grant Funded
1993 – Early Intervention Program Redesigned
1993 – Five People Move from CLA’s Into Their own Home
1993 – ARC Votes to Change It’s Name
1993 – The Arc Celebrates It’s 40th Anniversary
1995 – Purchase of Current Office on North Atherton Street
1997 – Strouse Avenue House Opened
1998 – Walker Meadows A & B opened-24 hour supervision homes included RN/LPNs on duty
2000 – First annual Poker Run (sponsored by The Law Dogs of PA) established to raise money for the Family Support Program
2004 – Two annual fund raisers added to benefit The Arc; The Corn Maze held every fall and a Basket Bingo held every December
2006 – Restructured the Administrative Department of The Arc
2007 – First Arc Bark Fundraiser.
2007 – The Arc website was redesigned to include more detailed information and online employement applications.
2008 – New budgeting process began with the State; will eventually eliminate the county as the middleman for revenue received for most programs. New process based on cost report to be completed annually.
2008 – Changes to the Arc’s administrative staff in response to the state-wide fiscal restructure.
2009- Additions made to The Arc’s Training Library to enhance topics and to allow more flexibility to employees in completing annual training requirements.
2010- Revision of The Arc’s website to allow adminstrative control and online donations.
2011- Work begins on the Forever Home and Alzheimer’s initiative
2012- Expansion of Home and Community Habilitation Services
2013- Forever Home opens- A licensed, community home, with environmental and programmatic design that showcases current best practices in the care and support of persons with an Intellectual Disability and Alzheimer’s disease.”
2014- New Logo unveiled
2015- Career Discovery Program begins- employment planning for persons needing an alternative to traditional assessments
2015- First Annual Mom Prom Fundraiser
2016- Transition of the Madison Program to a medical model Licensed Residential Program
2016- The Arc opens an additional community residential medical programming- 614 Program
2016- The Arc Board of Directors votes to update Mission, Vision and Core Values
2018- Further expansion of community residential programming- Hastings Program opens.
As The Arc of Centre County has moved into the 21st century, we are committed to continuing to strive to provide the highest-quality service!