The Arc of San Francisco

Rating: 4.79 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Job Training, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1500 Howard Street San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: The mission of The Arc of San Francisco is to serve people with developmental and similar disabilities, and their families, by providing access to a full range of services that advance self-determination, dignity and quality of life. The Arc of San Francisco was founded in 1951 by parents who were alarmed by the lack of services and educational opportunities available for their sons and daughters with developmental disabilities. Since those early days, much has changed. With education and training, most persons with developmental disabilities can lead fuller, more independent lives than ever thought possible. They can communicate their needs, make responsible decisions and work in jobs in the community, as long as they are given a chance. Today, each person who comes to The Arc receives personally-tailored services, based upon his or her own needs. More than 550 adults are currently served by The Arc, including persons with multiple disabilities and seniors. The Arc has also been a long-standing champion for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities. Our organization has advocated for important political, social and economic changes which lead to the expansion of opportunities for persons with disabilities. We believe all persons are inherently valuable, have potential to learn, and are entitled to services and supports that foster their growth.
Target demographics: Adults with Developmental Disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, and other cognitive disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Programs: For over 57 years The Arc of San Francisco has filled a vital need in the community. We offer a broad menu of services and supports in San Francisco and San Mateo counties that provide people with developmental disabilities with the opportunity to learn valuable skills that will enable them to become productive and valued members of society, enriching the quality of life for all in our community. Services include: - Job development and placement. - Employment retention services. - Instruction in basic social skills and independent living. - Senior Services - Medical Health Advocacy - Nutrition & Fitness Classes - Housing Advocacy & Placement - Residential support services. - Artistic Development, professional & recreational - Recreational services & socoal activities

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have donated to ARC for many years now because if does a great job for a worthwhile cause. We need more helping hands for adults with developmental disabilities, so that they can be the best that they can be.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Met the people, seen the people helped

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the year 2007 I was asked by the Director of the San Francisco Museums of Fine Art, to attend a fund raising breakfast of ARC as a representative of the Museums, on whose Board I had served for 9 years.
I had never heard of the ARC before, but listening to the "clients" of the ARC speak about how that organization helped people with disabilities live their lives independently and secure jobs in leading companies of the Bay Area, I was moved to personally donate to their cause.
After the breakfast I told the ARC's Executive Director that if 100% of the members of their Board donated something, and the total met or exceeded my challenge grant of $25,000, within a year, I would donate $25,000
I was elated to hear at the 2008 breakfast that not only did 100% give something, but the combined total far exceeded my challenge. I turned over my check at that breakfast gladly.
Since that time I have become a close friend of their Director, who is a dedicated individual adored by the "clients" and staff and all who come in contact with him.
I'm proud to have the opportunity of knowing about the good work this organization does.
R. Essey

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping persons with mental disabilities learn to live independently and perform in paying jobs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to help them secure a successor for the present Executive Director when he retires, even though those would be big shoes to fill.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Arc is a passionate and supportive community of educators and advocates! My brother James, a 54 year old man with autism now has the independent life he has dreamed of. For six years, his instructors and loyal friends have encouraged his unique strengths and a confidence in himself has grown. He enjoys good health and has access to quality dental and healthcare services, thanks to The Senior Wellness Program.
My brother continues to go to the Friday night dances at The Arc where he spends the evening with many of his friends. He loves it!

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My family is wealthy in our friends at The Arc. This includes admin staff, managers and the skilled and compassionate instructors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep communicating what you do. Increase awareness! I had no idea how deep and wide The Arc was until they entered my brother's and my life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My company employs two Arc clients and I am their manager. The clients are fantastic -- reliable and good workers. I attribute this to the job coaching staff of The Arc. They are dedicated people who do their jobs well and are of a tremendous help to employers. I also sit on an advisory council. I have learned that the managers, staff and board members of The Arc are intelligent people who are so diligent in their efforts on behalf of the clients. In my opinion, The Arc is a very supportive and necessary organization.

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As an employer of Arc clients, I have dealt with several of The Arc's program managers, job coaches and admin staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The change that I would recommend costs money that is better spent in direct benefit to the clients. However, if I had to state a recommendation it would be to improve the efficiency of the office administration and computerization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been to several of the fundraisers. I am so impressed with the organization, the clients and the staff

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the professionalism and human touch of staff

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make available to help more people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The ARC's Senior Program has been a life-saver for my 57-year-old Down Syndrome brother. He came to live with me 10 years ago after our parents died. Without this program, he would be alone at home watching TV all day long. Now he gets to go on outings, exercise, create art, help at other senior centers, and do a host of other activities that keep his mind engaged while I am at work. I am so grateful to the ARC for providing quality care to my brother.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact on my brother's mental and physical well-being. He takes great pride in the art he creates and is thrilled whenever he sells one of his works.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Pay my brother's caregivers more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am pleased to give my time and resources to the Arc of San Francisco. I have worked with a numbernof non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area, and am really impressed with the leadership of the Arc and the breadth of care offer to their clients. It is truly an amazing organization serving our friends with disabilities.

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We have organized a number of events with Arc clients, and the Arc staff is always supportive of our work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

..make sure more people knew about what the Arc does!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last year I attended a special breakfast that celebrated the ongoing success of The Arc in helping people with challenges to lead fulfilling, independent lives. I was deeply impressed by the care, nurturing and dedication that I sensed from The Arc's staff and its Board of Directors. The quality and extent of it's programs seem to be exceptional. I felt so inspired by the way in which the organization empowers people with challenges, and their families, that I made a donation.

I think very highly of The Arc, its top-notch services, and its genuine desire to contribute happiness and well-being to the community. I support their endeavors wholeheartedly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Knowing staff members and Board members who have shared stories about the clients' lives they have positively impacted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that more people in San Francisco refer people to The Arc for assistance and make donations to this terrific organization.

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The Arc of San Francisco trained and helped my son Alex get well-paying jobs with benefits like Starbucks and now Salesforce.com. Without their care and help, my son would still be dependent on the government. Thank you Arc for your excellent work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son, who is now a contributing member to society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Arc has shown leadership in developing health care for adults with disabilities and they are tireless advocates.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Interagency collaboration

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund it better

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