Our Programs

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg provides an average of 18,000 hours of program time for our clients and respite time for their families and caregivers.

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Join The Arc!

 With the exception of the Day Program, all programs listed are included with an annual client membership starting at $20.

Email Bette Faye at bettefaye@thearcgw.org to learn more.  We look forward to meeting you!

Adapted Wellness Program

The Arc's Adapted Wellness Program offers aerobics and yoga classes provided by certified instructors. The program also includes guidance on proper nutrition, instruction on how to make healthy choices and develop healthy habits, stress relief, and regular blood pressure and weight checks.

Goals

Activities

Fitness Classes and Walks

Nutrition Education

Sports Games and Clinics

All-Ages Sports Leagues

Indoor Sports Nights

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  • Provide an opportunity for clients to exercise in a stress-free, safe, non-judgmental environment.

  • Give clients the ability to make informed choices and decisions regarding health and wellness.

  • Foster positive, healthy attitudes about exercise, eating, and taking care of body and mind.

  • Reduce risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Arts and Culture

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg's Arts and Culture Program immerses clients in the history and culture of the Greater Williamsburg area. This program provides hands-on experiences through professional art instruction and local museum activities, as well as theatrical performances, dance, choral, and musical events.

Goals

Activities

Open Art Studio classes

Arts & Crafts

Hands On Art (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)

Cultural Experiences (drama, music, history, etc.)

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  • Enrich the lives of our clients through exposure to various art forms, styles, and expressions.

  • Empower clients with artistic aspirations.

  • Cultivate artistic talent and appreciation of art among those with disabilities.

  • Promote creativity, achievement, and self-esteem.

  • Educate the community on the abilities and talents of those with developmental disabilities.

Lifelong Learning Program

Our Lifelong Learning Program empowers our clients to become better self-advocates and communicators. This program teaches valuable life skills relating to public safety, money management, and transportation, to name a few.

Goals

  • Enhance clients' ability to be community-involved citizens.

  • Provide the tools necessary for clients to make informed choices about their care and health.

  • Teach clients critical life skills, including money management, goal setting, communication, and safety.

  • Offer opportunities to increase employment and independent living skills.

Activities

Self-Advocacy Classes

Literacy Program

Life Skills Classes and Field Trips

Community Service (The Aktion Club)

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Social & Recreational

The Social & Recreational Program encourages socialization with peers and volunteers, feelings of connectivity, and development of interpersonal skills through participation in leisure activities, such as dances, bowling, and the annual William & Mary Greek Life Carnival.

Goals

Activities

Bingo Nights

Movie Nights

Seasonal Dances

Busch Gardens Day

William & Mary Arc Carnival

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  • To foster friendships and allow for social interaction and inclusion among those with developmental disabilities.

  • To provide opportunities for clients to participate in activities that may not otherwise be accessible to them, such as amusement park trips, movies, and other fun events.

Arc of Abilities (Day Program)

This smaller program within The Arc is conducted four days per week and provides continuing education, life skills training, and vocational training. After age 22, when special education ends in our public schools, young adults are left home with nothing to do and often digress rapidly when their cognitive abilities are not reinforced regularly. The Arc’s Day Program enables them to continue to have a busy, active, productive and enriched quality of life.  Please call The Arc at 757-229-3535 for more information as space in this program is limited.

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Wheels4Work

The Wheels4Work (W4W) program increases opportunities for employment for our clients with intellectual disabilities by providing employment readiness skills and coordinating transportation to and from job sites. Wheels4Work is a collaborative partnership between The Arc, local employers, and Access Williamsburg.

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