mission & History

Creating Life-fulfilling Opportunities for People with Disabilities


Our History

We are a Richmond-based not-for-profit company -- employing about 400 individuals including over 200 with a disability -- created in 1954 by area families who were determined to find a better way of caring for their loved ones with disabilities.

Our programs and services are designed for individuals and families who are coping with the daily “real world” challenges of living with a disability, offering a wide range of services and programs that have a profound impact on the 1,300 people and their families we serve each year.

When someone comes through our doors -- whether they are newborn babies, teens, adults or seniors -- we work hard to understand their needs, desires, dreams and goals. On a case-by-case basis, we find ways to provide these individuals and their families comprehensive services that work best for them. 

Our Mission

In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

What Distinguishes Us in the Metro Richmond Community?

  • We empower people with disabilities across the broadest spectrum -- from babies to seniors
  • We employ over 400 people in central Virginia, over 200 of whom have some type of disability
  • We provide care and supports across all levels of disability--from mild to profound
  • We operate in multiple locations so families can receive the best care wherever they live