Administrative Headquarters & Towson Day Services
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose and meaningful relationships.
Adopt A Family
Our annual Adopt-a-Family Drive pairs generous donors, groups, and businesses with families who have a child with disabilities for the holiday season. If you are interested in either "adopting" a family for the holiday season or getting "adopted", please follow the link below for more details and to fill out the application!
Stories of people with developmental disabilities and their families are what move people to action – whether that’s elected officials, employer prospects, or the general community. It’s essential to get beyond the numbers and acronyms of the disability field.
Please take a few minutes to share your story - whether you are a person with disabilities, a family member, a community partner, or a professional in the field.
This year’s annual report focuses on people who are living their lives on their own terms, plain and simple.
Just people making the most of life. We invite you to read them as these are the stories that don’t always get told but are vital to the daily realization of our mission – a life well lived.
Driven by the success of the people we support
We strive to support people with developmental disabilities to live their best lives - whether they are finding success at their job, connecting with family and friends, or becoming engaged in their neighborhood. Here are just a few of the many success stories that fuel our mission!
“After my husband passed away, I needed help to fill that role with my son Anthony. We both got a good feeling when we first met his Family Living staff Heather. She is very encouraging and helps him to come out of his shell and try new things.”
- Doris Hall, Mother
“I had lived with my grandmother for so long, and I was scared about getting my own apartment with support staff. The staff were very encouraging and helped me to find the best apartment that was close to my family and my job.”
- Paris Price, Supported Individual
“The Arc is a big part of my daughter Crystal’s life. Over the years, they’ve helped her with her jobs and her art lessons. Crystal has a lot of friends at The Arc, and we’ve joined The Arc in Annapolis to speak up for all people with disabilities.”
- Barbara Wagner, Parent
For the last 11 years, The Arc Baltimore has been a huge part of my son Tucker’s life. Throughout these years, we’ve had emergency situations where The Arc has always been there for us!
- David Hook, Parent
Because of Gabby’s infectious smile and the way she engages with people, she has an innate ability to make even the most nervous patients feel comfortable.
- Deb Windsor, Director of Imaging Services, MedStar Health
My supervisor teaches me how to be responsible and how to stay focused and concentrate. They teach me how to be a man.
- Will Douglas, Supported Employee
“Because of the assistive technology I received from The Arc Baltimore, I’m able to go to work and school and live this beautiful life. The Arc truly changed my life.”
- Melissa Burdine, Supported Person
“Partnering with The Arc is a win-win situation. Reliability and enthusiasm are the two adjectives that I would use to describe our employees supported by The Arc. It has been a pleasure having these employees help us to grow our brands.”
- Garrett Pfeifer, CEO, MD-Brand
“As a mom with two special needs children, it means everything to me that I have a place at The Arc where I can call for support, information or just talk about any issues that I’m having. They truly listen.”
- Brenda Dwyer, Parent
“Jamaal is a hard worker that is always eager to learn. Jamaal displays a helpful, cooperative, and positive attitude towards superiors and co-workers. It has been wonderful to see him grow in his job here at UMB.”
- Denise J. Meyers, Assoc. Director of EVS, UMB
“The employees that I work with all help me and support me to get done the things I need to do. They are like my family. I love my job.”
- Donna Motley, Supported Employee
Apply to our Family Fund
For people with developmental disabilities and their families, The Arc Baltimore administers a Family Fund that can be used for crises such as eviction prevention or utility turnoff, as well as needs not covered by insurance like some therapies, eyeglasses, wheelchair ramps, or other therapeutic equipment. It is also available to help with special needs to improve one’s life, such as an iPad, art lessons, or a gym membership for swimming.
WEATHER UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, 12/23
Due to the pending inclement weather and low temperatures on 12/23, The Arc's day services locations in Dundalk, Homeland, Towson, and the Seton Business Park will be closed for those whom we support. Day service staff must still report on time. The Arc's main office will remain open and all training will begin on time. All those who work in our contracts division will receive notification from their supervisor if there is any change to their day.
The theme of this year's Fund the Mission appeal, which raises additional funds for The Arc, was Friendships We Treasure, which showed a small sample of the friends and relationships supported by the organization. Please give yourself a few minutes to enjoy and reflect on what friends mean here at The Arc – and to each of us.
The appeal remains open through October 31st, and we hope you will watch the video and choose to contribute – and help us reach our goal.
Art in the Round brought together a magical mix of artists, family, and friends to celebrate the talent and generosity at the 22nd annual event. More than 300 gathered for competitive bidding on art, chances on a Toast to Tuscany, fantastic food and drink, live art creation, and pure enjoyment at witnessing the artists' pride.
In addition to our sponsors, we thank the committee members, especially our chairs, Jen Brandenburg & Laura Ward, and our staff volunteers, who gave their time and creativity to make the evening a success.
Submit Your Artwork
Artists of all ages with developmental disabilities looking to have their art showcased and auctioned off at this year's Art in the Round must submit their artwork by Friday, September 1st. Please don't delay!
All artwork must be accompanied by a completed artist packet.
Tickets On Sale!
Art in the Round tickets are now available for purchase. In the meantime, please consider joining our title sponsor, Scientific Plant Service, by sponsoring Art in the Round, which entitles you to event tickets and many additional benefits!
Keep an eye out for when we open the virtual gallery and early mobile bidding, and when we promote our Toast to Tuscany raffle, the Fund the Mission appeal, and more.
In response to COVID-19, The Arc Baltimore outlines the program updates to prevent the spread of the virus through special guidance to staff and the people we support.
At The Baltimore, our programs and services impact the lives of people with development disabilities at home, at their job and in their neighborhood. These stats demonstrate our impact in Baltimore.
Zip codes where we support people in their homes
DHS respite hours for 529 families
People volunteering and enjoying daily activities in the community
Dads, moms and siblings attended support groups
Interns building skills through Project SEARCH or Career Catalyst
Hours given by 500+ volunteers and interns
People in homes they choose with the support they need
Individuals receiving day services at one of our seven locations
Financial help for crises intervention and family needs
Assistive technology devices for help in daily life
Learn more about The Arc Baltimore’s key partners without whom fulfilling our mission would be challenging.
We're Ready to Work!
While October may be National Disability Employment Awareness Month, at The Arc we think about employment for people with disabilities every month!
Did you know only 20% of people with intellectual disabilities are employed? Let’s make it all of our business to promote employment for people with disabilities so we can raise that percentage!
Facing COVID: Annual Report
The amazing stories, told from many perspectives, in our latest digital annual report chronicle the past year as we faced COVID and continue to do so together. It documents the uncertainty, the challenges, the innovation, and most importantly, the hope demonstrated by our entire community.
Art in the Round was a Rousing Success!
Even though the event has passed, you can still watch the Curator Night and Art in the Round event videos, as well as the series of Meet The Artist profile videos. In addition, our mission appeal is still live through the end of October.