Monthly Archives: April 2015

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




410-848-4124 ext. 146

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.