History

The Arc of Orange County, headquartered in Newburgh, NY is a not-for-profit agency founded in 1954 by a small group of parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities. Families remain our inspiration and guiding force and comprise a majority of the agency’s Board of Directors and voting members.

In 2014, The Arc of Orange County was accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), which confirms The Arc’s vision for person-centered solutions to improve the personal quality of life for people receiving supports from the agency. Our efforts focus on empowering the people we support to make choices in how they live their lives, where they work, where they live, and how they create a community.

Today, with a budget of approximately $32 million, The Arc of Orange County serves more than 1,800 people with developmental disabilities ranging from infants to senior citizens. We have 29 program locations throughout Orange County, including day program sites in Middletown, Campbell Hall, Monroe, and Chester; schools in New Windsor and Middletown; supportive apartments in Middletown and 19 group homes throughout the County. We also provide services in private family homes. The Arc of Orange County is the County’s 7th largest employer, with more than 650 people working for the agency and its mission.

More than 60 years of experience and partnership with individuals and their families has enabled The Arc of Orange County to adapt to the changing needs and desires of the people we support.