- Overview of Organization and Services:
The Arc is a grass roots non-profit founded in 1962 to advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast communities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals aimed at optimizing the development and self discovery of the whole person, their family and community. The Arc of GHN provides individualized and customized supports to families and individuals to live and to work where and with whom they wish.
Supports and services provided by the Arc of GHN are individually designed. The concepts of Self Advocacy and Self Determination are essential to this process of customizing services. We start with a Needs & Dreams Assessment with the person with a disability at the center. With the individual at the center of the planning process, we focus on self development, making choices, taking leadership and achieving dreams.
◦Adult Family Care (AFC): A MassHealth program that pays family members or non-family members to care for people with disabilities or frail elderly adults in a home setting.
◦Individualized Home/Day Supports & Agency with Choice
◦Leadership and Self Advocacy Training
◦Representative Payee: Assisting individuals with management of their Social Security income.
◦Resource Consultation: Helps people locate available resources and refers them to appropriate services.
◦Shared Living: People sharing their lives by living together under the same roof.
◦Transition Services - support, resources and information for parents who are raising children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
- Recreation - affordable, appropriate, fun and inclusive recreation for kids, teens, and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Educational Workshops. Topics such as transition planning, navigating the service system, legal and financial planning, parenting, and how to access benefits and resources.
- Additional Info:
Resource consultations are available by appointment at 4 Winter Street, Newburyport. Tues and Thurs between 10 and 1 pm. Also Wednesday between 10 and 1 at the 57 Wingate Street Haverhill office.
- Demographics Served:
Adults: 19+, Families, Seniors: 60+
- City/Towns Served:
Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
- Types of Services Provided:
Disabled Adults and/or Children, Elder Services, Special Education