The original organization, known as the Clay-Platte Association for Retarded Citizens, was formed in August 1958 by parents who were unhappy with the lack of services then available for their families.
These parents initiated and operated a preschool, a day camp and a residential summer camp. In 1963 the organization became incorporated as a 501 C (3) not-for-profit organization, which it remains to this day.
Through their efforts and with persistant lobbying the founding members brought about change at the state government level which led to the creation of many of the well known agencies providing today vocational employment, living options and daycare.
With the ever growing need for funds to support it's own and those of the newly created agencies the decision was taken to operate a thrift store. The first was opened in Gladstone in November 1984. This was a small operation that had cramped premises under the bowling alley in Gladstone. (This operation was moved to its present location on North Oak Trafficway in 1995.) Following the success of this venture the second was opened in Smithville in September 1989. A more recent addition was made to the family in 2000 with the opening of the Liberty store with the assistance of Vocational Services (VSI).
The funds generated by the stores together with monetary donations from the community and a modest membership fee enables the organization today to support third party and it's own programs. These programs are broadly categorized as follows:
The richness of the organization comes from its volunteer base. The all-volunteer organization boasts some 70+vounteers who give unstintingly of their time to support the intellectually and developmentally challenged in the two counties of Clay & Platte.
In 1993 the organization's name , along with that of the central organization, was changed to The Arc and in the cases of the local chapter, The Arc of Clay & Platte Counties.
Concerned Care, Inc
Northland Early Educaion Center
Platte County Board of Services,Inc
Platte County Connections
Vocational Services, Inc
Schools (24, 40 classes)
6 pre vocational programs
PARTICIPATING HIGH SCHOOLS
( in pre-vocational programs)
North Kansas City