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BB&T Volunteers Partner with ARC to Make a Difference

Members of BB&T's Lighthouse Project, now in its eighth year, recently volunteered at the Greater Richmond ARC's ARCpark, a 2.4 acre handicap-accessible park for all ages and abilities at 3600 Saunders Avenue that opened last year. Their all-hands-on-deck effort included light landscaping such as spreading mulch.

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"We want every one of our associates physically working in their communities to make a tangible difference in people's lives, ” said BB& T Chairman and CEO Kelly King.

Left to Right: Mary Catherine Ross, Brittani Gill, Emily Lehmann and Ginny Slack.

Left to Right: Mary Catherine Ross, Brittani Gill, Emily Lehmann and Ginny Slack.

In addition, BB& T volunteers helped at ARC's recent Ladybug fundraiser, purchased recreational equipment and  arts & crafts supplies for ARC’s Camp Baker summer camp program, and are hosting a luncheon in June for ARC Employment Services participants.

Left to Right: Brittani Gill and Ginny Slack.

Left to Right: Brittani Gill and Ginny Slack.

Excerpt: Why Are People Trying to Take My Disabled Daughter’s Job Away?

Vice channel Broadly. recently published an account from author and mother Jane Bernstein about her experience with her daughter's employment at a sheltered workshop. The article explores the benefits this environment has provided to 31-year-old Rachel. We found it to be a compelling read and want to share it with you. You can read the full article here >>

It thrills me to see my daughter productive and content. When I mention her success at TOC, I'm often asked, to my surprise, who pays for all of this. Federal block grants go to the states, the kind of funding tax-averse politicians and their constituents rail against. The Federal money they claim is wasted on "welfare moochers" is spent on support services for children or the aged, for people with mental health, intellectual, or physical disabilities.

But these days my pleasure at seeing Rachel at work is tinged with anxiety. This kind of supported worksite is being phased out in every state. If TOC is shuttered, she will lose her job, her community, and all the steadiness and satisfaction she has found since she's begun to work here. Read more >>

ARC provides a similar workshop environment as one employment option for people with disabilities. You can see our Westwood facility and learn more about ARC Employment Services in this short video.



The Greater Richmond ARC Receives CARF Three-Year Accreditation

 The Greater Richmond ARC Receives CARF Three-Year Accreditation 

Richmond, Va. (July 19, 2012)  CARF International announced that the Greater Richmond ARC and ARC Industrial Services have been accredited for a period of three years for the following programs: Community Employment Services - Job Development; Community Employment Services - Job Supports; Community Employment Services - Job-Site Training; Employee Development Services; and Organizational Employment Services. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to The Greater Richmond ARC.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and demonstrates the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit ARC's commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.


Our commitment to providing superior services from an international accrediting body, such as CARF, is affirmed in receiving our fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation status, said Quintin Mitchell, vice president of the Greater Richmond ARC's Developmental Services. We are honored to have achieved such a worthy goal.

The Greater Richmond ARC is a not-for-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families at locations throughout Greater Richmond. The ARC has been providing Infant & Child Development Services, Afterschool & Day Support Services, ARC Industrial Services, Emergency Respite Services and Camp Baker Services, a full-service, year-round facility and summer camp in the Greater Richmond area, since 1954.

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at


Virginia DRS Receives ARC’s First Annual “Champions Award” at Fall Banquet

The first annual ARC Industrial Services (AIS) "Champions Award" was presented to a valued AIS customer who has worked with us in the past and has made a significant contribution to the success of our mission during the year. The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services has long been a partner with the ARC. However, this year DRS helped ARC provide training and employment for our program participants through a grant and an order to convert closed client files to digital image.

Marshall Butler, ARC president, said of the award, "The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services has long been a valued partner of the Greater Richmond ARC, and we were especially proud to have presented DRS our first annual ARC Industrial Services "Champions Award" at our fall banquet held at the ARCenter in October 2010. The employment partnership and long standing relationship with DRS is vital to developing creative employment opportunities in our community."

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