Reasons to Become a Member of The Arc Carroll County


By Charles Rachel

By becoming a new or sustaining member of the Arc Carroll County, you are helping to ensure that we can continue to provide the great programs and services our families and staff has come to know, love, and expect from the Arc.
I have been a client at the Arc Carroll County since October of 1997. I enjoy the social interaction with friends and co-workers.
Some of the clients even have jobs in the community, while others participate in other fun activities in the community.
Without your support, many of the people we serve would be stuck at home and would not feel like an important part of their communities. We greatly appreciate the support that our community can give. Please visit us online at for more information and join today!
Charles Rachel has been coming to The Arc for many years. For the last two years, he has written a feature for our newsletter.

Help Us Become State of The Arc

The Arc Carroll turns 60 year old this year. Our building is nearly 30 years old and is woefully outdated. It was built in 1986 as a sheltered workshop. It is not longer used for light manufacturing.

We serve 89 people in our building at 180 Kriders Church Road, Westminster, MD. We have 58 individuals who spend the majority of their day in our building. We deliver high-quality services and programs, but know we can do better.

We have already raised $2 million toward a $3.5 million building campaign. Your contribution will not only help us change our building, but it will help us change the lives of the individuals who use this building to receive their services. Please help us become State of The Arc. For details on how you can help, please contact Sharon Smith at 410-848-4124 ext. 146 or


Join us at The Arc Carroll County for our 60th Anniversary Open House





                      The Arc to hold 60th Anniversary Open House

(Westminster, MD) April 22, 2015 –The Arc Carroll County is celebrating its 60th year of helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead fulfilling lives in our community.

The Arc Carroll County was founded in 1955 by a small group of parents who had children with special needs. They wanted an alternative to institutions such as Rosewood and Springfield State Hospital. They wanted their loved ones to remain in the community and have the same social and educational opportunities as everyone else.

For the last 60 years, The Arc has offered programs and services that have delivered on our founders’ vision. The Arc provides programs and support services that approximately 700 Carroll County residents rely upon every day. We serve families throughout the county, and are proud that 80 people are employed or volunteer at 70 local businesses in Carroll County.

We are proud of our history and excited about our future. Please come join us at The Arc at 180 Kriders Church Road, Westminster on Thursday, April 30th, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to celebrate. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Please RSVP to Kim Booe at

“I hope members of our business community come to help celebrate this significant milestone, and hear about some exciting news for our future,” said Don Rowe, The Arc Carroll County’s executive director.

The Arc Carroll County is a Westminster-based nonprofit that is dedicated to serving the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer transportation, housing, support services and vocational training and job assistance to approximately 700 clients in Carroll County. For more information visit us at


Arc Carroll County Announces Annual Dinner and Community Award Winners




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The Arc Announces Community Awards Winners

(Westminster, MD) April 22, 2015 — The Arc Carroll County congratulates the winners of this year’s Annual Dinner and Community Awards.

The 2015 Annual Dinner and Community Awards event will be held on May 12, 2015  at The Portico at St. John.

The Arc Community Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of Carroll County residents who make significant contributions to the intellectual and developmental disabilities community. The awards also celebrate the achievements of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Lynn Davis, The Arc’s Board President, selected Greg Kahlert and The Kahlert Foundation as this year’s President’s Award recipient.

“I am delighted with this year’s honorees,” said Don Rowe, The Arc Carroll County’s executive director. “Their contributions and accomplishments brings The Arc’s mission, vision and values to life. Congratulations to each winner and thank for your dedication to The Arc.”

Awards and winners include:

  • WAMM Special Appreciation Award –Martha Metcalf, Westminster, Md.
  • Public Service Award –Delegate Susan Krebs and Senator Justin Ready, Annapolis, Md.
  • Volunteer of the Year – Douglas C. Myers, Mt. Airy, Md.
  • Employer of the Year – Simple Cell, Eldersburg, Md.
  • Spirit of Independence Award – Mike Hughes, Westminster, Md.
  • Spirit of Independence Award – Kathy Hughes, Hampstead, Md.
  • President’s Award –Greg Kahlert, The Kahlert Foundation, Sykesville, Md.
  • Special Education Professional of the Year – Sue Elseth, Piney Ridge Elementary, Sykesville, Md.
  • Timothy J. Atkinson Award for Advocacy –Danielle Ogle, Westminster, Md.

The Arc Carroll County is one of about 700 chapters nationwide. The Arc Carroll County supports nearly 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through vocational, residential, educational and transportation programs and services.  The organization is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 12 program areas, which assures quality of services. For more information on The Arc Carroll County visit or call 410-848-4124.


Arc offers spring line-up of Autism Courses

Conner got a job!

Jamie is speaking more!

Our Social Club is going tubing!

Are you ready for the next round of progress?


The Arc Carroll County is now accepting applications for our spring semester of autism courses.


The spring semester of courses will include:


  • Creative Writing: The class is designed to explore the imagination through fictional and non-fictional works. The class also will teach how to write biographies, short-stories, plays and poetry. Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The course lasts 10 weeks.


  • Game Group: The class will focus on socialization through the use of computers and gaming techniques. Participants will learn different media skills as well as engaging in Live Action Role Play. Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The course lasts 10 weeks.


  • Barrier-Free Theatre: The class is an all-inclusive theatre program for adults with autism. Participants come together to create original one act plays. The play will be performed for friends and family at the end of the course. Friday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The course lasts 11 weeks.


  • Job Hunters: This class is designed to help adults with autism enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed. Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The course lasts 10 weeks. *some individuals may qualify for funding through the Division of Rehabilitation Services.


Classes begin February 9th at The Arc Carroll County. Each class is $200. However, The Arc is offering a 25 percent discount, if individuals register before January 30th. Individuals who sign up for two classes will receive the third class free. For more details on The Arc’s program, please contact Britt Burr at or 410-848-4124 ext. 139.