History

1985

The Arc Del Paso was founded by parents to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in El Paso County.

1990

Opened facility at 2625 Gold Ave. in El Paso

1999

A variety of direct services were provided at Gold Avenue location until closure in 1999.

2000 – 2010

Under a variety of parent leaders, educational & support services were provided including the first “Walk for Respect” fundraising event in 2006.

2011

New board leadership makes life-long commitment to providing high-quality, home & community-based services.

Mission, vision, values and program goals adopted.  Constitution & bylaws enacted.

Affiliated membership with The Arc of the United States approved.

2012

Application approved by Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to provide job placement, job coaching & supported employment services.

Awarded $8000 grant from The El Paso Community Foundation for start-up costs.

Joined with Volar Center for Independent Living to implement $75,000 grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities’ Building Community Capacity through Collaboration Project.

2013

Received provisional certification from the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services (DADS) to provide home & community-based services through the Texas Home Living Medicaid waiver.

Awarded $10,000 Outreach & Development grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities to implement a marketing & outreach campaign.

2014

Name changed to The Arc of El Paso to conform to The Arc’s nationwide branding strategy.

Marketing & outreach campaign implemented to include development of website, Facebook, brochures & flyer.

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