RARC - Assistance, Resources, and Community in Richmond, VA.

We are empowering People with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities

We run a dedicated nonprofit organization with the mission to empower individuals with mental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Through comprehensive support services, advocacy, and community engagement, we strive to create a society that values and includes people of all abilities.

How can we help

We believe in providing personalized and effective support to individuals with mental disabilities.

Our team of experts offers a range of services, including case management, job training and placement, recreational activities, and mental health services. Whether you are looking for resources, support, or community, we are here to help. Let us assist you on your journey to independence and happiness.

Job Training

Richmond ARC provides vocational training and employment services to individuals with disabilities, helping them acquire the skills they need to find and maintain employment. Services may include career counseling, job placement assistance, and on-the-job training.

Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness: Richmond ARC offers a range of physical fitness programs and activities that are designed to promote health and wellness among individuals with disabilities. These programs may include exercise classes, sports teams, and outdoor recreational activities.


Richmond ARC provides a variety of community and recreational services to individuals with disabilities, with the aim of promoting socialization, community involvement, and personal growth. These services may include group outings, cultural events, and volunteer opportunities.


Richmond ARC provides a wide range of services to individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. These services may include early intervention, education, training, and support services to help individuals achieve greater independence, improve their quality of life, and reach their full potential.

Case Management

Richmond ARC provides case management services to individuals with disabilities, helping them navigate the complex network of support services and resources available to them. Case managers work with clients to develop individualized


Richmond ARC provides a range of housing options for individuals with disabilities, including group homes, supported living, and independent living arrangements. Services may include assistance with daily living tasks, transportation, and other support services as needed.

Get Involved

Your generosity can make a difference in the lives of individuals with mental disabilities.

Consider donating to our organization and help us continue to provide essential services and resources.

Or, lend your time and talents by becoming a volunteer. Your support and commitment can help create a more inclusive and accessible community for all.

RARC - Assistance, Resources, and Community.

Did you know?

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. It’s also associated with chronic illness and disability. 

Recent research estimates that the world could see close to half a billion new cases of major chronic diseases by 2030 if people don’t get more active. 

Regular physical activity helps to prevent and manage many chronic diseases. Popular ways to be physically active include walking, cycling, and playing sports.

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Top 5 Jobs for People with Special Needs

In my humble opinion, everyone deserves the chance to succeed, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Don’t you think? 

And I’m here to tell you about the top five jobs for people with special needs that can play to their skills and strengths. So here are a few that are quite commonly liked:

Customer Service Representative:

Did you know that having special needs can actually be an asset in a customer service role? People with special needs tend to be more empathetic and understanding, making them the perfect candidate for a customer service job. Plus, the repetitive and structured nature of the job can be a great fit for someone who thrives on routine.

Data Entry Clerk:

Data entry can be a great job for someone with special needs because it requires little to no interaction with other people, and the work is simple and straightforward. It’s a perfect job for someone who struggles with social interaction but is great with numbers and detail-oriented tasks.

Food Service Worker:

If you’re someone who loves working with food, then being a food service worker may be the perfect job for you. This role can include tasks such as preparing food, serving customers, and cleaning up. It’s a great job for someone who needs structure and routine, and it can also be a great opportunity to learn new skills and work with others.

Retail Associate:

Retail is a great industry for people with special needs because it offers a variety of job opportunities and a supportive environment. Retail associates are responsible for assisting customers, stocking shelves, and handling cash, making it a great job for someone who needs to develop their communication and social skills.

Animal Carer:

There are plenty of other great job opportunities for people with special needs, including animal care and nonprofit jobs. Animal Care: Animal care can be a great job for someone who loves animals and has a gentle touch. This role can involve tasks such as feeding and grooming animals, and providing them with care and attention. It’s a great job for someone who needs a calming and structured environment, as well as someone who enjoys working with their hands.

These are just a few options and there are plenty of more if you know how to look? 

Get in touch with us if you need assistance on finding a job or want guidance on how to enter the job market: Contact us.

Common Types of Mental Disabilities

The most common forms of mental disability

You know what’s crazy?

No it’s not the people with mental disabilities. It’s the fact that mental disabilities are still so misunderstood and stigmatized in our society.

Today, mental health is just as important as physical health, yet people with mental disabilities often face discrimination and misunderstanding on a daily basis.

So it’s time we educate ourselves and start breaking down those stereotypes. 

In this article we dive into what mental disabilities actually are and the most common forms.

Depression: The Blues

Depression is like a heavy weight on your chest that just won’t lift.

It can feel like there’s no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel.

People with depression often experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. But hey, it’s important to remember that depression is a treatable illness, and there is help available.

Anxiety: The Endless Worry Loop

Anxiety is like a never-ending cycle of worry. People with anxiety disorders experience excessive fear, worry, and nervousness, even in situations that shouldn’t cause them. It can interfere with daily activities and make it difficult to go about life normally. But, there are effective treatments for anxiety, including therapy and medication, so don’t lose hope.

Schizophrenia: The Twisted Reality

Schizophrenia can make it hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. Patients often experience hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking right up into mania.

It can be a challenging illness, but with proper treatment, many people with schizophrenia are able to lead fulfilling lives.

Bipolar Disorder: The Mood Swings

Bipolar disorder is like a rollercoaster of emotions.

People with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings, from highs (mania) to low lows (depression). It can be a difficult illness to manage, but with the right treatment, many people with bipolar disorder are able to join the social life.

Parting Thoughts

Mental disabilities come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s important to remember that they are illnesses that require treatment.

With good treatment and support, many people with mental disabilities are able to live fulfilling lives and be part of society.

So, let’s stop the stigma and start supporting those with mental disabilities.

“Disability is not a lack of ability, but a lack of access to opportunity.

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