Our Services

The Arc of St. Lucie County offers a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). To ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, all of our staff and volunteers must pass a Level II background screening. Staff are also required to participate in 70 hours of training before starting employment and thereafter, will receive a minimum of 12 hours annually.

Children's Services

After-School Program

The Arc of St. Lucie County provides year–around after-school care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 5 through 22. This program is designed to assist working families with caring for their loved ones.

Hours of Operation – Open at 1 p.m.

Open on all school days, based on the
St. Lucie County School District’s schedule.

Closed School Days: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Early-Out Days: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Students are provided supervised time and interactions with positive adult role models/mentors who provide guidance and support in an environment where they can “be themselves” and be respected.  Working families have a safe place for their special needs children to go while they work.

Services provided include screening assessment, educational/tutorial assistance, play time, recreational and community inclusion activities, transportation, computer access, and nutrition services.

Summer Camp Program

Our Summer Camp Program is an integration of educational/tutorial assistance along with unique and exciting learning experiences designed to help diminish the academic skills regression that  often occurs over the summer months.
Participants enjoy lots of recreational and community inclusion related activities, where the children are given the opportunity to experience and see firsthand the important role that they play in our community. Children are provided supervised time and interactions with positive adult role models/mentors, who provide guidance and support in an environment where they can “be themselves” and feel respected.

Summer Camp Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Additional Info: The Arc of St. Lucie County gratefully partners with The Department of Elder Affairs, Summer Food Assistance Program in order to provide lunches and snacks.

Children’s Program Requirements

Children and families are primarily referred through our partnerships with the St. Lucie County School District  and the State of Florida, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).  The SLC School District has additional information on transportation to the program for after school services. To qualify for services, students must provide documentation that they have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 from their school or an Individual Support Plan (ISP) from APD. For additional information please contact the Arc’s main office at 772-468-7879.

 

Adult Services

Adult Day Training (ADT) Program

The Arc offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of adults 18 years or older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We accept Medicaid Waiver and private pay.

Location:  3505 Kirby Loop Rd.  – Fort Pierce, FL  34981

 

Hours of Operation

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Open Monday through Friday and closed on major holidays.

 

Transportation Services

What’s it all about?

Adult Day Training (ADT) programs offer opportunities for adults 18 years of age and older to obtain or improve their skills and knowledge. The program staff encourages participants to access activities and relationships of their choice.  Our ADT program offers educational games and activities, community outings, plenty of opportunities for socialization, training in
pre-vocational skills, as well as a computer lab and sensory stimulation area. Many of our ADT clients volunteer at local businesses honing their employment skills.

The Arc partners with the United Way of St. Lucie County and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to offer an innovative Vocational Training Program for students and adults with disabilities. This class is taught by our Supported Employment Specialists.  The classes teach the individuals important skills to prepare them for job placement including computer training, literacy skills, social skills, and on-the-job experience.

Community Living

The Arc of St. Lucie County operates 4 residential homes within the local community of St. Lucie County. The residential homes are in operation 24 hours per day 7 days a week.  Residential staff are trained in positive behavioral supports, non-violent crisis prevention, medication administration, core competencies for working with people with I/DD, first aid, CPR, and safety operations in all areas. Staff are all required to pass a background screening at Level II and drug screening as well.

The Arc of St. Lucie County offers residential care to individuals with developmentally and intellectually disabilities and provides clean, comfortable, and well-supervised homes.

The Arc provides superior, professional care tailored to individuals who require special assistance for daily living. We are committed to providing the best human services to meet their unique and sometimes demanding needs.

For more information on any of our programs or services please contact us at:  772-468-7879.

 PARTNERS INCLUDE

Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness (FNW) • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

St. Lucie County School Board District • State of Florida, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) • St. Lucie County

FDOT  • United Way of St. Lucie County • Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County • Florida Housing Finance Corp.

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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.

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...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.