Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities through community activities and advocacy. Our vision is driven by the opportunity for hope, for growth, for change; the opportunity for everyone to become a valued, contributing member of their community. Our goal is to be the champion of individual rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and to continue to develop programs to sustain this cause. Our services provide health and wellness, educational life skills, cultural and recreational opportunities, transportation to our programs, and respite time for families and caregivers. We serve an average of 250 clients in james city county, city of williamsburg, york county and poquoson. We also have active arc clients who live in providence forge, quinton and gloucester and attend activities via private transportation.
Programs: The arc of williamsburg provides services in the program areas of adapted wellness, life long learning, arts and culture and recreational therapy. Class and activity attendance ranges from 20 to 85 participants. The arc also provides door-to-door transportation services and respite time for families and caregivers. The arc serves 250 adults with disabilities throughout the year and provides respite time for families and caregivers. In 2017, arc activities were supported by 1,747 volunteers (5,156 hours) and provided 17,557 program and respite hours. In 2016, the arc added a day support program four days per week that provides continuing education, life skills and vocational training.
The Arc of Greater Williamsburg is a terrific organization. They provide activities to developmentally disabled teens and adults. Programs include art, music, dances, aerobics, yoga, walking, movies, self-advocacy classes, bowling, soccer and more. My son loves the exercise classes, especially yoga, and the quarterly dances. The people who staff the office and the volunteers are wonderful, warm-hearted folks. We love them all. The group works on a shoestring budget, but manages to offer many programs each month. In an area with almost no other options for special needs citizens, we are lucky to have the Arc. I am proud to work on their Board and help in any way I can. www.thearcgw.org/