Mission and 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. From this tiny but dedicated group of advocates, we have become a leader in the field of providing services to those in need. Families remain our inspiration and guiding force and comprise a majority of the agency’s Board of Directors and voting members.

Today, with a budget of approximately $34 million, The Arc of Orange County serves more than 2,000 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, and Chester; schools in New Windsor and Middletown; 3 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 750 people working for the agency and its mission. Our transportation department travels more than 1,500,000 miles annually ensuring people can participate in the service programs that best suit their specific needs.

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 serve. We have become experts in assessing and responding to those needs and desires, ensuring that all the people we serve experience the full range of human experience and possibility.