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History

In 1949, a group of eight parents founded the “Maryland Society for Mentally Retarded Children, Inc.”, and began laying the groundwork for our direct service programs that would become our hallmark. Over the next 25 years, we were a consistent pioneer in programming through the establishment of a developmental program for young children who weren’t guaranteed education at the time, several recreational programs, a sheltered workshop, the state’s first activity center for adults, the state’s first group home in Roland Park, a landscape employment services division and countless other programs.

1949, early meeting of parents that later became The Arc Baltimore
1949, early meeting of parents that later became The Arc Baltimore

 

The next 30 years saw the creation of a respite care program, janitorial employment services, a treatment foster care program, and the expansion of our groundbreaking community living program to accommodate deinstitutionalized individuals. In addition, there was a reduction of employment and day centers from twelve to 6 to encourage greater community involvement, and the creation of a number of family services including support groups, a family training curriculum and our Bay Buddies summer enrichment and education program.

In 2008, we launched the innovative Project SEARCH high school and adult employment internship program at University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland, Baltimore and have since added two program sites. In 2013, we created our Career Catalyst program that focuses on helping employees with developmental disabilities who are currently underemployed or unemployed find meaningful employment.

As one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations of its kind, The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource providing employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals.

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Administrative Headquarters
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
410-296-2272
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Towson Center
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

Dundalk Center
1401 North Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21222

Homeland Center
4800 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

Seton Center & Contract Services
6151 Metro Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215


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