In 1969 ARC began with two parents meeting at a Studio City Park. With support from
the community and the involvement of families and volunteers ARC has flourished.
Dixie Henrikson and Mary Schallert, founders of ARC, reached out to United Way, the
County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles for support.
In 1975, ARC family members volunteered legal and accounting services and funds
in order to successfully incorporate the program as an official non-profit organization.
ARC continued to evolve and support individuals in need. Between 1985 and 2004 with
the purchase of five adjacent properties in the North Hollywood community, ARC grew. The
ARC Activity Center and offices provide a home like atmosphere for the weekday program. There
are three residential housing properties for our Adaptive Living Program tenants.
Besides proudly providing direct services to over 100 individuals and their
families in the Los Angeles area, ARC advocates and brings awareness to the community
about developmental disabilities. For 40 years, ARC has been committed to the idea
that all people should be active members of the community with lives rich in interests
and full of happiness.
ARC is working to stay strong & thrive… despite government cuts and changes,
we passionately forge on to protect & provide ARC’s high quality customized enrichment
ACTIVITIES which our ARCers and families have come to love and continue to deserve
& need. With new families, we are paving the way for more years of excellence!
ARC appeciates our financial supporters and enthusiastic volunteers. The ARC
Board of Directors, families, and the Active Members involvement is an important
part of the community experience of ARC. In addition ARC’s staff endeavors to not
only provide and carry out quality and fun programs, but also ask the question “How
will this benefit each individual at ARC?”
In addition to an amazing day program, adaptive living Bell & Chime Choir Saturday
& summer camping, and health & wellness (5k, marathon, basketball..) ARC is NOW
building our first adult residential facility to meet the higher level of needs of
some of the individuals ARC serves.
Two mothers, who both had a daughter withDown Syndrome,dreamt their own daughter
would grow up with friends & lead a quality life. They along with other loving families
& volunteers not only met that goal, but paved the way for many others with developmental
disabilities to have community &