2016 Arc Annual Meeting Sold Out!

The Arc;s Annual Meeting

On October 20th, The Arc of Alachua County will once again combine its Annual Meeting and its annual Employee, Staff & Volunteer Recognition dinner into one, festive evening celebrating The Arc's 50th year of service to folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This year's event will have music before the event, during dinner, and immediately following the conclusion of the festivities as music teacher and pianist extraordinaire, Ms. Annie Johnson, will be playing for your enjoyment.

The 2016 Arc of Alachua County’s Annual Meeting & Recognition Event at The Village’s Rion Auditorium on Thursday, October 20th is sold out. We thank all of our sponsors, especially our event sponsors: Florida Food Service, The Chini Family, John & Sheila Spence, New York Life Insurance Company.

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We invite all 'Friends of Arc' to take 30-35 minutes to listen to the podcast on Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Produced and moderated by 'Friend of Arc' Steve Piscitelli, this podcast features an interview with three Arc figures that you all know quite well: Steve Drago, Arc Executive Director, Adele Elchert, Arc Client with PWS, and Elmer Underwood, Arc Manager. This stimulating and comprehensive discussion will take you on an educational 'journey' into the world of PWS. With probing questions, Steve Piscitelli has been able to look at PWS from a variety of perspectives. This audio recording will educate you about things you never knew about what it's like to live with, and treat, PWS. This podcast is a part of Steve Piscitelli's 'Growth & Resilience' Series.

We thank Steve for his professionalism, skill and passion for bringing to light The Arc's PWS Program, and for highlighting our very own Steve Drago, Adele Elchert and Elmer Underwood. We thank Adele, Elmer and Steve for being honest, open and forthcoming with their comments. We urge you to take some time to relax, take a load off, and listen to this podcast of 'Overcoming Adversity for Arc of Alachua County Clients with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).' The Arc of Alachua County's world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome Program is one of its 'centers of excellence;' a program of which the entire Arc Family is proud.

The Arc of Alachua County: 50 years of service to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Breaking Ground Yet Again

Arc of Alachua County representatives were in full force on Wednesday, January 13th for the groundbreaking on The Arc’s 16th group home. This home will house 6 developmentally and intellectually disabled clients with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

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Alachua County Commission Lee Pinkoson provided remarks, as did Arc Executive Director Steve Drago and Arc Board President Tom Rothrock.

Much like our recently completed 15th group home, The Glen Springs Group Home at The Arc of Alachua County, the Century Oak Home will be funded primarily through a $367,000 grant provided to The Arc by Florida Housing Finance Corporation. It is expected that the Century Oak Home will be completed in 6-8 months and open in the fall of 2016.

The Arc Gala II

Arc Gala II

Drew Copeland & Ken Block of Sister Hazel rocked the house at Arc Gala II on Saturday evening, January 9th. Offering their unique blend of acoustic music and ‘behind-the-scenes’ anecdotes of the music industry, Drew & Ken blew away the guests in attendance at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall.

Following the concert, Drew & Ken joined 200 ‘Friends of Arc’ at a SOLD OUT VIP Reception featuring photos, food and champagne.

Drew & Ken concluded the evening’s festivities by leading the crowd in the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to The Arc to kick off The Arc of Alachua County’s 50th year of service to folks with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

We Recycle!

Did you know that The Arc recycles. We recycle almost anything you can think to recycle. We recycle paper, glass, aluminum and even electronics and "e-Waste".

Under the business name, Gone4Ever Recycling, we are Gainesville, Florida's price leader in secure document destruction and shredding. We even offer Free Shred Day every Wednesday. Free Shred Day is open to all area residents to bring in the documents they would like securely destroyed for FREE. Businesses only pay $0.19 per pound as well.

Paper Shredding in Gainesville - We may recycle it, but for you it is securely Gone 4 Ever!

Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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