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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Recreational Centers, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Sports, Thrift Shops

Mission: The mission of the arc of tempe is to empower and enrich the lives of persons with developmental disabilities by teaching self-advocacy, life skills, and civic involvement through hands-on learning and recreational activities.

Programs: The arc of tempe continued its life skills, advocacy and recreation programs in 2014. Approximately 50 developmentally and intellectually disabled individuals benefited each month from a wide range of activities throughout the year. These activities included trips to the phoenix zoo, arizona diamondback baseball games, cultural entertainment events, the greatest human race, as well as recreational activities such as bowling, hiking, camping, music therapy and exercise therapy. Participants took part in a collaborative talent event, a time to shine, with a partner organization, best buddies. The arc also collaborated with the city of tempe. At the end of the year, we relocated our thrift store due to the planned demolition of its previous location by the city of tempe.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

Our son has been an active member of the recreation program operated by The Arc of Tempe. It has provided him with the opportunity to go into the community with his friends.... and has provided us an opportunity to go out without having a concern for his safety and well being. I know the organization has members that have helped other parents gain much needed services from governmental agencies. The one problem I see is a great need for additional space to better meet the needs of the people that they are providing services to in the recreation area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son has been a participant in the recreation program for many years. This provides him with many friends and the opportunity to become involved with most every aspect of our community. For example, they attended a city council meeting and this has resulted in his attending other government functioned activities. The program provides us some free time and provides him the time to be with his friends in a fun setting.

1 Teresa Wickersham


Rating: 5

I have been involved with the ARC in several roles in the past 5 years. I started as a volunteer arts/crafts teacher. I was a board memeber for a year or two and I chaired the Program Committee. I am now a part time staff person as of last week! My co-workers have all been there for years...many 5+. This is a true testament to The ARC and all that it stands for. I had volunteered and worked with children for many years before making the switch to work with adults. I found out about the ARC through a community Volunteer Fair at our public library. I believe that services for adults are largely overlooked and services for adults with Developmental Disabilities even more so.