ARC ~ Activities Recreation & Care

In 1969 ARC began with two parents meeting at a Studio City Park.  With support from the community and the involvement of families and volunteers ARC has flourished. Dixie Henrikson and Mary Schallert, founders of ARC, reached out to United Way, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles for support.

Two mothers, who both had a daughter with Down Syndrome, dreamt their own daughter would grow up with friends & lead a quality life. They along with other loving families & volunteers not only met that goal, but paved the way for many others with developmental disabilities to have community & work towards their potential.

In 1975, ARC family members volunteered legal and accounting services and funds in order to successfully incorporate the program as an official non-profit organization. ARC continued to evolve and support individuals in need.  Between 1985 and 2004 with the purchase of five adjacent properties in the North Hollywood community, ARC grew.  The ARC Activity Center and offices provide a home like atmosphere for the weekday program.  There are three residential housing properties for our Adaptive Living Program tenants.

Besides proudly providing direct services to over 100 individuals and their families in the Los Angeles area, ARC advocates and brings awareness to the community about developmental disabilities.  For 40 years, ARC has been committed to the idea that all people should be active members of the community with lives rich in interests and full of happiness.

ARC is working to stay strong & thrive… despite government cuts and changes, we passionately forge on to protect & provide ARC’s high quality customized enrichment ACTIVITIES which our ARCers and families have come to love and continue to deserve & need.  With new families, we are paving the way for more years of excellence!

ARC appreciates our financial supporters and enthusiastic volunteers. The ARC Board of Directors, families, and the Active Members involvement is an important part of the community experience of ARC.  In addition ARC’s staff endeavors to not only provide and carry out quality and fun programs, but also ask the question “How will this benefit each individual at ARC?”


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