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The Arc of Southern Maryland promotes community involvement, independence
and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental
disabilities. Our core belief is that those who receive services should
have as much control of their own lives as possible. We strive to help
all achieve their individual goals and expand their horizons.
We began providing services in Southern Maryland in 1975 and today work
with families and individuals in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties.
We are a participating agency of the United Ways in all three counties.
While our focus is providing services in these three counties, we are
part of a larger network in Maryland that includes The
Arc of Maryland, located in Annapolis, and 10 other chapters around
the state. Together we are working to change lives and minds in Maryland
about developmental disability. Read more about our history and our state-wide Changing
Minds...Changing Lives campaign that's making a difference in our
counties and around the state. We are also members of The
The Arc of Southern Maryland is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization
with an active volunteer community and dedicated staff. Meet our board and staff.
For more information on supporting us as a member, donor or volunteer, click here .
September 3, 1975: Calvert ARC
is incorporated in the State of Maryland.
1976: Calvert ARC' first
employee (Margaret Smith) is hired.
1977: Calvert ARC' first
Executive Director (Tom Fisher) is hired, and the Calvert Learning Center
is established to serve 18 adults with mental retardation.
1978: Calvert ARC applied
for and received HUD 202 funds to purchase and/or build eight homes, scattered
throughout Calvert County. The Residential Program begins when the agency
rents three houses and serves 9 adults.
1979: Calvert ARC expands
and changes its focus from adult learning to employment, shifting from
arts & crafts to developing work habits. Jerry D. Kiracofe is named
Executive Director of CARC.
1980: Calvert ARC receives
funding to provide residential supports and services. Southern Maryland
Project begins, an effort to serve people labeled severely and profoundly
mentally retarded in the community in order to prevent another institution
from being built.
1981: Calvert ARC begins
its Community Education & Family Support Services program.
1983: Receives the Governor's Committee on Employment
of the Handicapped Barrier-Free Design Award for wheelchair-accessible
1984: Calvert ARC establishes
its Individual Support Services to people who are living in their own homes
or with family members. A fully-integrated day care center is opened, the
first of its kind in the State .
1985: Calvert ARC begins
its Supported Employment program. The agency develops the Cooperative Summer
Program with the Board of Education and Parks & Recreation.
1986: Calvert ARC changes
its name to ARC/Calvert. Vocational services are moved into a brand new
building on West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. (This building is
funded through both Calvert County and the State of Maryland). Family Services
Department is selected as a model program by the Center on Human Policy
in Syracuse, New York. Kate Rollason is named Executive Director for the
1987: ARC/Calvert sponsors its first Golf Tournament
to raise funds for the development of a children's residence.
1988: Agency establishes strong legislative network with
Southern Maryland Delegation. The agency first enclave is established at
a local business (Direct Mail). CDS is awarded a DORS grant to enhance
its Supported Employment program.
1990: ARC/Calvert receives three-year accreditation through
CARF. The agency's Employee Incentive Program begins. The agency's principle
office moves to 268 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, Maryland. The Arc/Calvert
hosts the State Convention.
1991: The Quality of Life Committee was established (formerly
named "Parent Monitoring Committee").
1992: The long-awaited Children's Residence opens in
February. In September, The ARC/Calvert merges with the St. Mary's ARC, expands services into Charles County, and is renamed The Arc of Southern Maryland.
1998: The Arc of Southern Maryland hires Harriet Yaffe as new Executive
2001: Opens office in Leonardtown, begins the re-design process
for West Dares Beach location
2008: Begin renovations on West Dares Beach location – Embarks
on Capital Campaign
2010 (January): Moves into newly renovated West Dares Beach location