The Arc of St. Lucie County, Inc. is a private not-for-profit corporation that provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities in our community. The Arc is dedicated to enabling the individuals we serve to choose and realize their goals of where and how to live, learn, work and play. It is the strong belief of the staff and the Board of Directors that all individuals who are served by The Arc are entitled to a quality of life equivalent to that of non-disabled individuals in our community and around the nation.
The Arc provides numerous opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities to grow and develop.
These opportunities are provided in a myriad of settings, ranging from day programs to community-based employment, to vocational training to group homes. Using innovative training and teaching methods, these opportunities focus on maximizing independence.
Currently, The Arc serves over 150 individuals in a variety of settings, ranging from adult and children’s day programs to community-based employment services to vocational training to residential services. We employ over 80 associates, including managerial, direct-care support, and transportation staff.
The Arc strives to maintain the highest standards of excellence in training and support, advocacy, and service.
The Arc has grown steadily since its inception in 1954. The Executive Director oversees the day to day operations of the organization under a Board of Directors. The Arc’s self-governing character is demonstrated by full management policy, controlled by a self perpetuating Board which elects its own members. Management and policy decisions are based on the premise that our clients must be able to make their own choices.
The Arc Team
- Executive Director – Debbie VanSlooten email@example.com
- Controller – Daisy Velazquez firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director of Services – Dylan Raguseo email@example.com
- Director of Development – Judi Scarborough firstname.lastname@example.org
- Human Resources Coordinator – Carol Karpiel email@example.com
- Assistant Director of Services – Brook Ronca firstname.lastname@example.org
- Day Program Manager- TBA
- Residential Manager – Sarah Cochran email@example.com
- Residential Manager – Elizabeth Shelly firstname.lastname@example.org
- Children’s Program Manager – Megan Mings email@example.com
- Person-Centered Case Specialist – Tara Goheen firstname.lastname@example.org
- Administrative Assistant – Lataiya Moore email@example.com
- Employment Specialist – Jay Gibbons firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program Support Specialist – Bill Stevens email@example.com
- Maintenance Coordinator – Victor Pineiro firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
- Curtis Boyd – President
- Charles Shafer – Vice President
- Cheryl Dempsey – Treasurer
- Lisa Hansler – Secretary
- Tammy Crouse– Director
- Alesha Fuller – Director
- Lisa Hansler – Director
- Christena Patterson – Director
- Caleb Gillette – Director
- George King – Director
- Troy Ingersoll – Director
- Barbara Guettler – Director
...or download a Membership Form Below
You can also simply download one of the membership forms here, fill it out, and mail it back to us. It's that simple.
Why Become A Member?
Your membership means The Arc can continue providing services, advocacy, and supports to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in St. Lucie County. They are counting on us! And we are counting on you!
By joining our network of more than 140,000 members and close to 700 affiliated chapters nationwide, you can be a part of the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
As part of this network, you’ll be connected to others with and without disabilities who share your beliefs and your challenges. Self-advocates (an individual with I/DD), their family members, experts and professionals in the field and advocates and activists work together through The Arc to ensure that people with I/DD have the resources to meet their needs and live self-determined lives.
The Arc of the United States
The Arc US is a tremendous resource for people wanting to learn more about developmental or intellectual disabilities --and about what we are doing at the national level too.The Arc of St. Lucie County is an affiliated chapter of the Arc of The US. Click anywhere in this box to open a tab with The Arc US.
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Can we count on you?
With your gift, The Arc will continue our work to provide vital programs, transportation, and care to people with disabilities and support their full inclusion and participation in the community.
Over the past 10 years, the Florida Legislature has not provided Service Providers such as The Arc with much at all in rate increases. Yet the costs of providing our services continue to rise. The State of Florida, in fact, rates last (50th) in the USA in funding for the developmentally disabled. So we need your help.
$25 can provide snacks to the Children’s Program for a week.
$50 can provide classroom supplies in our Vocational Training Lab for 4 students.
$100 can help us provide lunches to 80 people in our Adult Day Training Program for a week.
$500 can help us provide transportation for our volunteers for a month.
$1,500 can help us get another computer for our computer lab.
$2,000 can provide (much needed) new chairs & tables for our ADT classrooms.