(From Richmond.com 'Community Spotlight' April 24, 2008)
The Greater Richmond ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) has come up with a new name for one of its longstanding, most important programs.
The previously named Civitan Vocational Services will now be known as ARC Industrial Services, a program that provides opportunities for individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities to work in a variety of capacities at either ARC's production facility on Westwood Avenue, or on-site at various businesses throughout the area.
ARC provides employment for almost 200 individuals with disabilities, allowing them to earn their own paycheck and give their caregivers the opportunity to hold a job as well.
Statistics show that providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities allows their caregivers to earn $1.5 million over the course of a 45-year work life. In addition, gainful employment for individuals with disabilities saves more than $7,000 a year in government subsidies, according to the Social Security Administration.
For more information, visit www.Richmondarc.org.