The Arc of Placer County

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.

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Address: 522 Vernon Street
Roseville, CA 95678
County or Parish: Placer County
Executive Director: Elizabeth Marchant
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-781-3016
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.
The Arc of Placer County is able to provide high quality services thanks to ongoing support of our community. There are multiple ways in which you can help support us. Some of our donors prefer to provide a direct contribution to the agency or a specific program. Each program has an individual wish list posted on their page if you wish to donate a specific wish list item. You can also support The Arc of Placer County by participating in one of our agency events, or even by informing others of our agency and cause. The Arc of Placer County's thrift store Encore is located in Meadow Vista. A throwback to the agency's roots in the 1960s, Encore is a great way for the community to support The Arc of Placer County. You can donate your gently used goods and receive a tax deduction. Or, you can shop at our shabby chic store and perhaps find a treasure. You can learn more by visiting our Encore page on our website. The Roseville Adult Center maintains a recycling program and they greatly appreciate your donation of recyclables. Our clients enjoy working with the community that supports us and contributing to a cleaner environment for all. For specific information on how you can help this center with their project, please check out the Recycling Program page on our website. Our artists at Studio 700 enjoy expressing themselves artistically and creating unique works of art. The center hosts at least one art show a year that is open to the public, but artwork is available for sale year-round. Artists receive 50% of the proceeds from their art sales and the remaining funds are returned to the program for more art supplies. These unique works of art make fantastic gifts and support a meaningful cause. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - Our programs are always in need of direct donations! 2. Funding: Unrestricted - Provide a general donation to the agency and we will place it where it is most needed. 3. In-Kind Donations - Donate your gentle used clothing to Encore, our thrift store. 4. Funding: Other - Every bit helps - give us a call to talk about your donation if you have any questions. 5. Volunteers - We have events and other needs throughout the year that require volunteers.
"Daily we work to empower, engage, excite, and guide our clients. We spend our days searching for new and enriching opportunities to ensure our programs continue to enable them to learn and grow as individuals. Ultimately, we are helping our clients enjoy quality lives where they feel fulfillment and connection to others. Thank you for your support of the work that we do."

Elizabeth Marchant
Executive Director
The Arc of Placer County

-- Elizabeth Marchant - Executive Director