Provides personal and career exploration through a day program, residential program, and supported employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities toward fulfillment of their life goals through choice and support in homes, employment and community activities.
Like most success stories, it started with a vision. As the Association of Retarded Citizens of Denver (ARC) watched a strong push for de-institutionalization, they realized that many of the individuals who were moving into the community had never lived with their families or experienced family life. While the transition from large institutions to group homes in the community was a positive one, it lacked something.
People in Michigan began using a residential model they called a "host home" in which individuals with developmental disabilities moved in with families to get their support needs met while living in a family environment. Using these basic principles, ARC's Board of Directors provided funds for the start of Colorado's first host homes.
Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas counties
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Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.