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About Us

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg's mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities through community activities and advocacy.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has proudly served people with developmental disabilities in our community since 1976. Our support services provide educational, health and wellness, life skills, cultural, social, and recreational programs. In addition, we provide much-needed respite time for families and caregivers.  We provide 8-10 monthly activities to enhance clients' quality of life and reinforce their abilities. Additionally, we conduct a Day Program four days per week that offers continuing education, life skills, and vocational training.  Finally, we connect clients with vocational opportunities through Wheels4Work.  

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Our Vision

To be the champion of individual rights for all people with developmental disabilities and develop advocacy programs to sustain this cause.

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 developmental disabilities and to continue to develop programs to sustain this cause.

 

The Arc Serves People with Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities is the universal term for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities which includes, but are not limited to, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, irreparable brain injuries, and autism spectrum disorder.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg serves young adults as they age out of special education in our public schools at age 22.

An essential byproduct of our programs is the respite time provided for our clients' caregivers, who often tell The Arc that if not for our programs and activities, they would never get a break! In addition, the monthly programs provide the opportunity for over 400 community volunteers to interact with our clients, cultivate lifelong friendships, and further enrich the lives of our Arc family members.

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Our Values

People First

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg believes that all people with developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value; are equal before the law, and must be treated with dignity and respect. The Arc represents, supports and acts on behalf of individuals and their families regardless of the level of disability or membership in The Arc. The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices.

 

Our History

The Arc has proudly served adults with disabilities in our community since 1976.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg is part of The Arc of the United States, which was founded by parents in 1950. These parents refused to believe that the only option for their children was to be placed in an institution, separated from their communities. Instead, the Arc was created to help individuals with intellectual disabilities lead full and satisfying lives in their communities.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg was founded in July of 1976 by local parents of children with developmental disabilities. It is one of 630 Arc chapters across the United States.

For more about the history of The Arc of the United States, visit their website.

 

Our Staff

Pam McGregor

Pam McGregor

Executive Director

pam.mcgregor@thearcgw.org

Bette Faye Poythress King

Bette Faye Poythress-King

Office & Special Events Coordinator

bettefaye@thearcgw.org

Anna Whiston

Anna Whiston

Communications & Development Coordinator

anna.whiston@thearcgw.org

Arc of Abilities (Day Program) Staff

Carol Hofmeyer

Carol Hofmeyer

Instructor

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele

Instructor

Virginia Hart

Virginia Hart

Aid

Our Board

 

Executive Board

Board of Directors

Andy Dayton

President

Sue Harmon

Vice President

Diane Schwarz

Secretary

Greg Kline

Treasurer

Teri Collins

Frank Dooley

Honorary Member

Bobby Dwyer

Erin Johnston

Rebecca Kinkead

Adam Kinsman

Elizabeth Miller

Tracy Newsom

Julie O'Neil

Ben Puckett

Roger Sams

Lyle Schiavone

Arc Drivers

Wayne Jackson

Althea Ashby

Dee Matthews

Senora Opie

Lisa Potter

Lead Driver

 
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Support Our Work

Your donations continue to provide educational, health and wellness, and cultural and recreational programs to people with developmental disabilities in addition to door-to-door transportation and much-needed respite time for families and caregivers.

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