ABOUT US

            Mission

    We are committed to providing services and          supports that enable people of all ages with           developmental and intellectual disabilities and

   special needs to attain their full potential.                                      Goal                  

 

 

 

    The goal of the agency is to provide services          needed to improve the quality of life for all of       our participants. The Arc of St.Charles strives to     promote and maintain a high level of                     professionalism in all areas and to maximize all       resources, human and financial, in the interest       of helping all the persons we serve. We are           dedicated to deliver to our customers the best       trained staff possible to provide  the services           required. 

         

             Vision

           

    Our vision is for all individuals with intellectual,      developmental disabilities and special needs will      come to The Arc of St. Charles to enhance the        supports and services needed to guide them to      a fulfilled life and maximize their full potential

 

              History

    Our formation process began when the West St.        Charles Women’s Club selected as its project for        the year of 1970 the challenge to organize a local      chapter of the "National Association of Retarded        Children.”

   My how far we have come. Even part of the               original national name is now rightfully protested       and not used by anyone in the mainstream as a         complimentary term.

   The Women’s Club provided Rita Carlson, an             educator, to serve as the first president of the           board.The St. Charles Parish School Board played       a large role in the early formation of The Arc of St.     Charles.

   Mr. Richard Keller, supervisor in the school system,     worked out a pilot program with the state                 department of special education.

    A small number of families, maybe six, were brave      enough to participate in the program. Their               children at that time were not in the mainstream       of the public education system. Those wonderful       parents often were at The Arc on a daily basis to       assist and some became employees.

   The group met at the original and still main l             location at the Boutte School on Old Spanish Trail.     It was designated as a work activity center.               Activities included woodworking, ceramics, crafts,       seasonal plants, and African Violets.

   By 1973 the Arc served 12 individuals on the west     bank and 10 on the east bank. By 1978, there           were 2 teachers and 2 aides and were nearing our     max at the time.

   There were many other early supporters in the           local civic groups including, the Knights of                 Columbus, the St. Charles Art Guild, the west St.       Charles Jaycee’s, large industry, Union                       Presbyterian Church and Sacred Heart Catholic           Church.

   The Arc served the East bank of St. Charles Parish,     also—remember a ferry ride was the connection at     that time. Several sites housed the Arc on the east     bank—such as churches and donated spaces. By       1982, the combined enrollment of east and west       bank locations was at 25 students.

   In 1983, after the opening 25 years ago of the           Hale Boggs Bridge, both groups were transported       to the original and still main location at the Boutte     School on Old Spanish Trail with a total of 23             individuals that year. Just last year, the Arc has         again grown to need a new site--Hope Enterprises-     located in Hahnville in the old post office building.     And the Cajun Village Thrift Store has its own             building on 114 Lakewood Dr.

    For the first 16 years, the board provided the total      management of The Arc. At first, parents who            received services and educators were the ones          interested in serving as members of the board.          With growth of the company and looking for              professionalism, the board hired the first                    Executive Director, Linda Brown, in 1987            who held the position until July 1995. Our          current Executive Director, Victoria Bryant,        since 2006, began her career at The Arc              fifteen years ago in 1994 as a QMRP                    (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional)      hired as the director of services. The                  programs offered by The Arc expanded under            Victoria’s and the board’s guidance. Many of you        see our individuals in the community on mobile          work crews and supported employment. The Arc        also provides support services in homes and at          our centers.

    There are now 175 individuals receiving services        from a staff of full and part-time direct support          workers numbering 120 men and women. The Arc      serves a territory designated as Region 3 which          encompasses seven parishes—namely, the river        and bayou areas.

    The United Way of St. Charles Parish has been a        loyal supporter in many ways. A respite program        they funded from 1994 exists to this day. The            respite program provides a break for qualified            families in St. Charles Parish who are caring for          individuals with special needs or their elderly              family members.

    We also recognize the continuing part played in          our history by the St. Charles Parish School Board,      The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department, the        St.Charles Parish governmental agencies, local          businesses and industries and many caring                individuals. 

    Non-profits are by nature a reflection of the             supporting community members. Those                     community members can take pride of our history,     growth, and accomplishments. Thanks to all our         supporters for their contributions through the             years. You have made a real difference in the lives     of others.

Call us:

(985)785-0971

Toll Free: (800) 540-4144

Find us: 

13771 Old Spanish Trail Boutte, LA 70039