The Arc of Placer County: Adult Achievement Center
The Arc of Placer County was established in 1958 by a group of parents joining together in a resolute voice to advocate for the educational rights of their children with special needs. As a result of their advocacy, the county office of education opened its first classroom for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 1959.
By 1963, The Arc of Placer County was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, then known as the Association for Retarded Children. With an eye on the coming years when their children would leave public school, the parents opened a thrift store to raise funds for future programs and services. And in 1964, enough funds were raised to open the doors of our first program, a sheltered workshop, in the basement of a church in Auburn. Even today, many of the children, now adults, of those resolute parents are still served by the agency's programs.
To remove what had become a derogatory word from its name due to the evolution of language, the agency changed its name to Advocacy, Resources, & Choices. Years later the agency abbreviated the name to Placer ARC and recently has become a fully aligned chapter of The Arc of the United States, thus becoming The Arc of Placer County. Throughout the decades we have proudly served our clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities ensuring we significantly contribute to the quality of their lives.
It is our guiding belief that every individual with an intellectual or developmental disability has an intrinsic yet often unrealized value in his or her community. In representing this population that has been historically underserved, The Arc of Placer County is passionately dedicated to the support, education, and well-being of these individuals.
Our programs are always in need of direct donations to provide supply and activity materials, technology, and community integration opportunities! Provide a general donation to the agency and we will put it to work where it is most needed. A contribution to the agency's endowment gives back to the agency in perpetuity.
The Arc of Placer County exists to support a diverse population in order to facilitate integration into society in ways that may not be available otherwise. We embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion in the agency's business operations and programs. We strive to educate the public that disability and difference are equally important parts of society’s complex fabric.
The Arc of Placer County
Tax id (EIN)
Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Other
Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, Low-income individuals/families
Local Counties Served
Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado
Address522 Vernon Street
Placer, CA, US
Sacramento, CA, US