The Arc History


1953 – Parents of children with mental retardation form study groups meetings in homes and churches

1959 – Parents form and incorporate the School of Hope for Mentally Retarded Children

1961 – Parents form and incorporate the Jackson County Association for Retarded Children (JCARC) and affilate with state and national organizations

1966 – JCARC purchase two acres on Valley View Drive, Medford (the home of Living Opportunities until 2016) and open the first Sheltered Workshop in Southern Oregon

1967 – JCARC opens the first pre-school in Oregon for children with DD

1968 – JCARC began plans for the Rogue Valley Opportunity Center on Valley View Drive

1970 – Rogue Valley Opportunity Center incorporates and opens as the complete workshop and training facility in Southern Oregon

1971 – Treasure II Thrift Store opened and continues to operate at 121 N. Central Avenue in Medford

1974 – A group from JCARC incorporates Living Opportunities (now a separate agency) and opens the first group home on Beatty Street in Medford

1975 – JCARC changes to the Jackson County Association for Retarded Citizens (JCARC)

1980 – JCARC changes to the Association of Retarded Citizens of Jackson County (ARC)

1982 – Rogue Valley Opportunities Center dissolves

1991 – ARC began the Ken Wonderly Memorial Fund

1993 – ARC Office opened and the first Executive Director was hired

1994 – ARC Respite Care Program implemented and a Family Service Coordinator was hired

1994 – ARC changes to The Arc of Jackson County (The Arc)

1998 – Transition House leased to house four young men and women with intellecutal and developmental disabilities, and a care assistant

2001 – The Arc hosts Lifespan Respite Network of Jackson County

2001 – The Arc begins coordinating bi-monthly social activities with seven agencies in Jackson County

2002 – The Arc sponsors Troy's Recycling Program (program disolved in 2006)

2003 – The Arc leases Sara's House (program disolved in 2006)

2005 – Lifespan Respite Cooperative begins now known as The Arc's Lifespan Respite Social Club

2009 – Creation of the Dance Theater Group in partnership with Artist and Choreographers Building Community— first performance ”Cinderella in Blue”

2010 – The Arc changes Lifespan Respite Network of Jackson County's name to Lifespan Respite after the State of Oregon dissolves funding for the program throughout Oregon

2010 – The Arc implements the "School-to-Community Transition Project" targeting eight to 10 "at risk" students in SOESD's Transition Program through a sub-grant of The Arc of the United States (program was suspended due to lack of funding in 2014)

2011 The Arc begins its annual fundraising event, "Live to Dance with The Arc Stars"

2011 – The Arc of Jackson County formally changes its name to The Arc Jackson County and underwent rebranding. Treasures II Thrift Store now known as The Arc Thrift Store

2011 – The Arc implements a new program called "Families For Community" creating a diverse community among families who have children experiencing disabilities of all kinds (now named "Bridging Communities" is a program of Living Opportunties)

2016 The Arc implements the "HealthMatters" program and begins important health promotion instruction and education to keep people healthy and engaged in their communities

2017 The Arc opens a new Lifespan Respite Social Club site in Rogue River

2018 The Arc move Lifespan Respite Social Club site in Rogue River to Eagle Point

2018 The Arc become licensed to provide Commuity Living Supports

2018 The Arc takes over Easter Seals "First Saturday Dance"

2018 The Arc pilots "Summer Camp" in partnership with the Rogue Valley YMCA


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