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Our History

In 1949, a group of parents came together to find a way to provide services for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) when no such services existed. They ran an ad in the local newspaper announcing that there would be a meeting at the Red Bank Borough Hall. An association emerged from the meeting that has evolved into a large and growing agency: The Arc of Monmouth.

Today, The Arc’s mission remains focused on persons with I/DD and their families. Annually, The Arc serves over 1,600 individuals in 20 locations throughout Monmouth County, providing employment, vocational, and educational services, adult training, community living programs, behavioral health care, social services and an abundance of enriching recreational activities.

These programs and supports are designed to assist individuals with I/DD with living, learning, working and playing as integrated members of the community. Thanks to the training they receive at The Arc of Monmouth, many individuals are now working in the community, paying taxes and feeling a new sense of accomplishment and pride. Others reside in apartments or group homes with assistance from The Arc, and hundreds participate each year in recreational activities.

We are committed to assisting persons with I/DD to thrive within their homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods … within their lives.