The Arc of the Central Mountains is affiliated with the Arc of the United States and Arc chapters throughout the state. These Arc chapters collaborate closely to ensure they are well-informed about the latest legislation and trends within the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) community. In Colorado, there are a total of 15 chapters of The Arc, consisting of the state chapter and 14 local chapters that cater to specific geographic areas. The local chapters offer personalized advocacy services to individuals with IDD, both children and adults, residing within their respective service areas. Moreover, they provide valuable resources such as information and referral services, public policy support, community education, and more. When someone becomes a member of a local chapter of The Arc, they automatically become members of both The Arc of Colorado and The Arc of the United States, enabling them to benefit from the wider network and resources available.
The Arc Thrift Connection
More often than not, when the public hears “The Arc,” they immediately think of the arcThrift Stores. While the name recognition is exceptionally valuable, it’s important to understand the relationship between the local chapters of The Arc and the stores. In the early 1960s, newly formed chapters of The Arc in the Denver metro area relied on many small fundraisers like bake sales and bingo nights to generate funding for our programs. Recognizing that a coordinated effort between the local chapters could be more effective, the Metropolitan Association for R* Citizens was formed in 1963 as a separate nonprofit organization.
A few years after their formation, one of the board members of The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties attended a training in California where he observed a thrift store operation, which he thought could be successful here. This board member brought the idea back to the metro association and one short year later, in 1968, the first arcThrift Store (then called Value Village) opened in Denver. Since these humble beginnings, arcThrift has provided millions of dollars of mission-critical funding to chapters of The Arc in Colorado’s front range communities, allowing us to collectively advocate for countless people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about the thrift stores, or for questions about donations of household items, please visit www.arcthrift.org or call (303) 238-JANE.
Discover the hidden gems at the arcThrift Store in Grand Junction and make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By supporting this local treasure, you’re not just finding great deals; you’re creating employment opportunities and fostering a community of inclusion.
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.