Our Programs
a brief overview

    Community Integration

Community Integration is a Day Program providing volunteer opportunities, sensory rooms, and supports to encourage friendships and neighborhood ties.

    In-Home Supports

Life Skills Instructors provide supports to individuals in their own home or a family home. IHS uses behavioral, therapeutic and skill development approaches to facilitate maximum independence and community integration.

     Residential Services

The Arc’s Community Living Arrangements (CLAs) are comfortable homes located here in Southeastern Connecticut. Community living settings emphasize skills development and individual independence in a therapeutic environment.

    Respite Center

The Respite Program provides short-term care to individuals so that families and other caregivers can recoup their strength to continue fulfilling their caregiving responsibilities. Simply put, respite is a well-deserved break for caregivers.

    Camp Harkness

The Arc sponsors residential camp opportunities at scenic Harkness Memorial Park on Long Island Sound in Waterford, CT. Accessible beaches and cabins provide vacation fun and sun for campers and much needed respite for families and caregivers. In addition, The Arc sponsors a summer day camp for youth featuring beach activities and trips into the community.

    Community Life & Advocacy

Everyone has a right to full participation in community life—especially the fun parts!

The Arc’s Community Life & Advocacy program facilitates social awareness and independence through exciting activities. We participate in everything from the Special Olympics to Friday night dances. This program also supports the efforts of The Shooting Stars self-advocacy group with meetings held monthly at The Arc. In addition, Community Life & Advocacy supports Voices, an empowerment group open to women who have survived any number of challenges in their lives, which may include abuse and neglect.
Of our 135 enrolled participants, 90 people attend at least one activity each month.

    Employment Services

The Arc’s Sullivan Employment Transition Center trains, develops and places people in community employment. The Arc assists with application and interview skills, writing a résumé, and exploring an individual’s interests and talents through occupational assessment and job trials